School's Out Nature Days-Grades K-5th: Jan 25, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Rd. Each program features unique themes plus hikes, games, live animals, crafts, and much more. Cost: $15. K–5th Grade. Additional paperwork to be completed on the first day. Children will need to bring a lunch and snacks. Dress for the weather! Register online at parkandrec.com, Nature Preserves Link, Program #36341 or 704-588-5224.
Overcoming the Challenges of a Native Plant Garden: Jan 26, 10 a.m., Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Providing native landscaping increases nectar and pollen sources for bees, butterflies, and birds. Ed Davis, Supervisor of Horticulture at the Mellichamp Native Terrace at UNC Botanical Gardens, will discuss creating a functional, attractive, low-maintenance, cottage style garden of native wildflowers. Includes a list of over 50 native favorites. Cost: $25/non-members $35, www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
Farmers Market Selling GUIDELINES: Jan 26, 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm Join us as representatives from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services share pertinent information about selling at farmers market. Through a panel discuss representatives will cover topics regarding licensing, certifications, labeling, and other regulations pertaining to farmers market vendors in North Carolina. This is a free event and open to anyone who is interested in selling at farmers markets, or who helps to operate a local market. Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension, Training Facility, (Map) 1418 Armory Dr., Charlotte, NC 28204 PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED - Register at go.ncsu.edu/gomarket
Xeriscaping-Planting for Limited Water Situations: Jan. 27, 10-11 a.m., Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 E. Seventh St. Laurel Holtzapple, principal of Greenworks Studio, landscape and urban designers, will discuss gardening in drought and low water situations. RSVP: 704-375-4373
Four-Season Garden Maintenance: Jan 28, 10 a.m., Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave. A garden can be low maintenance with planning, foresight and realistic goals. Pat Linton of Living Color will teach an annual timetable, pruning techniques, best tools and how to use color in the garden. Cost: Members $25/Non-members $35, www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664, x101
Orchids 101: Jan. 30; 1-3 p.m., Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 New Hope Rd., Belmont.
Learn about orchid’s growth requirements, habitat and how to grow at home. Cost: $25, members receive a 15% discount. Register at www.dsbg.org, 704-825-4490
Landscaping Basics Class: Jan. 30 at 9 a.m., Pike Nursery, 12630 N. Community House Rd. Now is a great time to spruce up outdoor spaces. Learn a variety of basic landscaping techniques, from designing colorful annual beds to planting and caring for trees and shrubs. Free. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events, 704-341-7453
Bringing Nature Home: Feb. 2, 7 p.m., H.A.W.K. at Levine Senior Center, 1050 DeVore Lane, Matthews. Habitat and Wildlife Keepers presents Dr. Douglas Tallamy, who will discuss the importance of including native plants in our gardens to replace wildlife habitat lost to development. Learn how gardeners with suburban landscapes help preserve plants and animals once common in the U.S. Advance ticket sales now, this will sell out. Cost $6, HAWK members get priority, guests welcome. www.HAWKNCWF.org, HAWKNCWF@gmail.com, 704-814-0877