Basic Botany for Native Plants Certificate Studies: Jan. 23, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Jan. 24, 1 - 5 p.m. McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. Earn credits toward a Native Plant Studies Certificate with this required prerequisite course. Learn plant kingdoms, structure, function, life stages, populations, eco-types and reproduction. Instructor: Dr. Larry Mellichamp. Class is limited to 33 participants. Cost $110. Information for 2016 class sessions: gardens.uncc.edu/education-events/certificate-in-native-plant-studies. To advance register email: email@example.com.
Bulb Planting Class: Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon, Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St. The garden curator will teach you the how’s, when’s and where’s of planting bulbs, as well as answer any questions you may have about fall gardening. Snacks included. Cost $15 (+tax) with advance reservation. www.historicrosedale.org 704-335-0325
Thinking about what new bulbs to plant now? it's not too late to Plant Fall Bulbs for Spring Blooms.
Woodland Medicinal Plants: Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Cyndi Banks, Horticulturist, will speak with the N.C. Native Plant Society about native woodland species and their historic medicinal plant uses. Free. www.ncwildflower.org firstname.lastname@example.org 704-341-7190
Mulch Madness: Nov. 9, 12 - 1 p.m., Gaston County Extension at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St., Gastonia. Learn the healthiest mulch options for plants and debunk some mulching myths. Register at www.gaston.ces.ncsu.edu 704-922-2111
CityWide TreeStore: Nov 14, 9-11 a.m. TreesCharlotte at the City of Charlotte Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Rd. Charlotte households, with proof of residency, are eligible to receive up to two free trees. Quantities are limited. Attend a tree training on how to properly plant and care for your tree(s) and sign a Stewardship Pledge. treescharlotte.org/event/community-wide-treestore
Kids in Nature Day: Nov. 7, 9 a.m.- noon. Woodland Discovery, 8755 Poplar Tent Rd. Concord. The Concord Wildlife Alliance and Great Outdoors University request volunteers to help with nature walks, bee presentations, crafts, fishing, wildlife/plant information, butterfly gardening, bird feeding. Volunteers contact Carolyn Walker at email@example.com 704-341-7190
Master Gardeners 'cross pollinate' with many in the region and like to post news, classes, meetings, programs for all to enjoy and attend. send your info to firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch Documentary 'Vanishing of Bees', Plant with TreesCharlotte, and more this 1st week of November
The Vanishing of the Bees: Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m. Habitat And Wildlife Keepers at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St. E. Matthews. Bees are responsible for one of out of every three bites we eat. H.A.W.K with Producer Maryam Henein, will present this award winning, documentary film on the disappearance of honeybees across the planet. Free. HAWKNCWF@gmail.com 704-814-0877
Holiday Decorating: Nov. 5, 7 p.m. and Nov. 7, 9 a.m. Union County Center, 3230-D Presson Rd. Monroe. Neal Albright shares holiday decorating ideas. Bring your wreaths, decorations and ribbons for a wreath making workshop. www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org 704-283-3801
TreeDay Planting Event: Nov. 7, 9-11:30 a.m., Olde Providence Elementary School, 3800 Rea Rd. TreesCharlotte will be planting 270 trees at Olde Providence Elementary. Events held rain or shine. Registration deadline: Nov 1. treescharlotte.org
Bulb Planting Class: Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-noon. Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon St. The garden curator will teach you the how’s, when’s and where’s of planting bulbs, and answer fall gardening questions. Snacks included. Cost: $15 + tax. Advance reservations: www.historicrosedale.org 704-335-0325
Become An Extension Master Gardener Volunteer: If you have a deep interest in gardening and the environment, a desire to serve our community by sharing gardening knowledge apply now for the Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener research-based, horticultural instruction class sessions beginning this Jan. 2016 at Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Dr. Application deadline: Nov. 13, Class fee: $160. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org/become-a-master-gardener 704-336-4011
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Backyard Ecology-Garden Like A Master: Oct. 28, noon–1:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Dr. Extension Master Gardeners will teach eco-friendly practices for a beautiful yard with biodiversity that attracts bees and birds with suggestions about native plants. Register online, in advance $5 mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/ 704-336-2082
Audubon Ambassador Training: Oct 29, 4-9 p.m. Co-hosted by Audubon North Carolina and NC Interfaith Power & Light at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. Join and learn about climate change and how it affects the bird population in North Carolina. Become part of the national Ambassador program, and help with the solutions. Advance registration required at climate.nc.audubon.org/ambassadors
Gardening Advice and Best Practices with Master Gardeners: Last day for the year for us at Davidson Farmers Market! YES, the market is still open. Many wonderful times talking gardening with YOU. We'll be back in March 2016. Thanks to all. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org 704-336-4011
If you have a deep interest in gardening and ecology, a strong desire to serve our community by sharing your time and gardening knowledge, and a love of lifelong learning, you are a good candidate for the Extension Master Gardener program.
The 2016 Mecklenburg EMG training classes will offer 60 hours of classes on all aspects of horticulture taught by Extension staff, local experts, and university faculty. Applications to become an Extension Master Gardener will be accepted before November 13, 2015. Sessions begin January 19, 2016 meeting each Tuesday and Thursday at the Extension office at 1418 Armory Drive and Mahlon Adams Pavilion in Freedom Park from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. through March 31, 2016.
Learn more about the Extension Master Gardener volunteer program in Mecklenburg County at www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org/become-a-master-gardener. You may download an application to the program here. Registration is limited and the class fills quickly. Apply early while there are still available seats. A registration fee of $160 is due in advance of the orientation session in January.
For further information please call the Horticulture Help Desk at 704-336-4011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Plant Sale at UNCC: Oct 16 & 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. McMillan Greenhouse, UNCC Botanical Garden, 9090 Craver Road. Find a wide selection of hardy shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, cool weather annuals, and outstanding collection of native plants at the fall sale! Parking available near the greenhouse (attendants on hand to direct you).
WingHaven Plant Sale: Saturday, October 17: 10 am - 5 pm Dreary weather may have kept you away from the last day of our Plant Sale last Saturday, but there is still an opportunity to purchase plants for the Fall season! We have trees & shrubs, ground covers for sun and shade, natives, and perennials available.
Deep Rooted Wisdom: Oct 19, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Garden Club at The Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road. Jenks Farmer, botanist and garden designer speaks about lessons learned from generations of gardeners. Free. www.charlottegardenclub.org
An Apple a Day: Plant Fruit for a Healthy Family: Oct. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or Oct. 21, 10 a.m. – Noon. Renfrow Hardware, 188 N. Trade Street, Matthews. Join Jeff Rieves, horticulturist & former NC Coop Ext agent discusses healthy eating and planting your own fruit trees.. Register and advance pay $20.00 adults/under 16 free at Renfrow Hardware or http://www.renfrowhardware.com/classes
Bird Dreams & Verdant Themes, WingHaven Symposium: Oct 21-22, Limited Availability, register today!
Backyard Ecology - Garden Like A Master: Oct 28, 12-1:30 p.m., Mecklenburg County Extension Service, 1418 Armory Drive. Plan an ecologically friendly, beautiful landscape and attract pollinators and birds using native plants and avoiding invasive species. Pre-register. Cost $5., http://mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/ 704-336-2082
Nature at Night: Oct. 17, 5 - 9 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Enjoy a fun-filled, educational night and explore what surprises nature has to offer after the sun goes down! Live animals, crafts, night hikes, hayrides, hotdog fixin’s bar, s’mores, storytelling and much more! Ages 3 and up. Price: $5.00 Pre-registration required.
Adult Hiking Series - Birds: Oct. 20, 2-3 p.m. Get up and get active while learning about nature during this 1 hour, adult only hike through our preserve. Free. Registration required.
Engaging Our Children Through Environmental Stewardship: Oct. 17, 7 - 8 p.m. Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature at McClintock Middle School, 1925 Rama Road. How will thinking like a cardinal, conquering Rabbit Hill and going on a vacation vortex help kids connect with nature? Learn how to inspire environmental awareness in kids of all ages. Free CROWN community program. www.crowncharlotte.org 704-517-2535
Falling For Roses: Oct. 24, 9 a.m. Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road. Learn about new rose varieties for next Spring, rose gardening tips: pruning, fertilizing, watering. Free.
Don't let the weather keep you from BIG plant sales this week- or away from the 75th celebration of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society. Fall is for planting, for birding and saving MONARCH butterflies.
Fall Bulb and Plant Sale: Oct. 10, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Union County Agricultural Center Greenhouse, 3230-D Presson Rd, Monroe. Extension Master Gardeners have a great selection of fall bulbs - species tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, alliums, bluebells, blueberry bushes and fall blooming plants for sale. email@example.com 704-283-3822
Planting Bulbs for Spring Blooms: Oct. 10, 9 a.m., Pike Nursery, 12630 North Community House Rd. Start looking ahead to Spring with bulbs for fall planting. Learn how to plant bulbs under annuals, different bulb varieties and care tips. www.pikenursery.com 704-341-7453 (could be cut if needed)
Bulb-A-Palooza: Oct. 12, 12 - 1 p.m. Gaston County Extension Service at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola St, Gastonia. Learn which bulb beauties to plant now for an outstanding spring display. Old-time varieties and new releases will be discussed. Register at www.gaston.ces.ncsu.edu 704-922-2111
Fall Plant Sale at UNCC Botanical Garden: Oct 16 & 17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Rd. Find a wide selection of unique, hardy shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, cool weather annuals, and outstanding native plants at the fall sale. Parking available near the greenhouse, attendants on hand to direct you. gardens.uncc.edu/
Daylily Hybridizing: Oct. 17, 9 a.m. Piedmont Daylily Club at Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Rd. Scott Elliott of Maneki Neko Gardens teaches all about double, spider and unusual form daylilies, as well as smalls and minis. piedmontdaylilyclub.com 704-962-9238
Mecklenburg Audubon Society 75th Anniversary: Oct. 10, noon - 4 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road. Celebrate with an afternoon catered lunch, entertainment, presentations on M.A.S. history with advance reservations, purchase tickets online, adults $12, children $6 at www.meckbirds.org. Join a morning birding walk on the McDowell Prairie, register for field trip times and information at www.meckbirds.org/trips/trips.
Invasive Plant Workshop & Removal: Oct. 11, 2 - 4:30 p.m. The Piedmont Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plants Society at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd. Identify exotic plant species that torment natural areas and may be in your yard. Gary Marshall, Natural Resources Coordinator and Supervisor teaches identification and skills to control invasive plants with working demonstrations. Register in advance firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ncwildflower.org/ncnps/events.
Help Save the Monarchs by Planting Milkweed: Oct. 12, 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 - 3 p.m.
Catawba Lands Conservancy at Buffalo Creek Preserve, 7911 Malibu Rd, Mt. Pleasant. Volunteers needed to clear areas and plant 700 native milkweeds. The planting is part of a national project to protect and increase Monarch habitat needed for this iconic butterfly species. Ages 10+, advance register: 704-342-3330 x-205 or www.carolinathreadtrail.org/cervis-volunteer-event-registration-page/
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“All About Vultures”: Oct 6, 7 p.m. H.A.W.K. (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) at the Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street East, Matthews. With a face only a mother could love, Jim Warren of the Carolina Raptor Center shares information about these highly social, intelligent creatures that are critical for a healthy eco-system. Free. HAWKNCWF@gmail.com 704-814-0877
“Kids in Nature Day”: Oct 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. Sponsored by Habitat and Wildlife Keepers, Great Outdoors University and Matthews Women’s Club,” Kids In Nature Day” provides opportunities for kids and families to explore nature and enjoy the wonders of the outside world. Enjoy fishing, stream exploration, hikes and other outdoor activities. Free. 704-708-1260
“McDowell Nature Hike”: Oct. 9, 11:45am - 12:45pm. Join us for a 2-3 mile steady-paced hike while enjoying nature, getting some exercise and meeting new people. Ages 16+, registration required. “Animal Care Behind-the-Scenes”: Oct. 10, 9:30 - 11:30a.m. Here's your chance to get to know the animals better by assisting staff in providing their daily care. Go behind-the-scenes to feed, water, clean and care for the snakes, turtles and other critters that call the nature center home. Ages 7+, registration required. parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224
“The Needs of Trees with Schneider Tree Care”: Oct. 6, 12 - 1 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont. Learn how to care for trees, and prepare trees or shrubs for winter with Ryan Chipman. Members free, non-members $12.95 adults, $6.95 children. www.DSBG.org 704-829-1252
“Vermicomposting”: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Gaston County Extension at Lucile Tatum Center, 959 Osceola Street, Gastonia. Learn the basics for getting started composting your food scraps utilizing earthworms. Cost: $25. Register 5 days in advance. www.gaston.ces.csu.edu 704-922-2111
“Wing Haven Fall Plant Sale”: Oct. 8, 9 & 10, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Purchase beautiful, healthy plant specimens for your garden. Fall is for planting and your new treasures are at the Wing Haven Nursery. Free garden programs Thurs - Sat at 10:30 a.m. www.winghavengardens.com
“Arranging Roses with Pumpkins Workshop”: Oct. 10, 10 a.m. Witherspoon Rose culture, 4401 Shopton Road, Charlotte. Learn to make a beautiful Fall arrangements utilizing fall items and roses. Register: www.witherspoonrose.com/events-classes 704-366 -2566
“Farm Tour”: Oct. 1, 9:30 - 11 a.m. McDowell Nature Center at the Hunter Farm, 13624 Providence Road, Weddington. Take a tour of the Hunter Farm, where you will meet humanely raised farm animals, take a hayride, and learn about sustainable farming practices. Explore this local farm and purchase a pumpkin. Registration required. Register online parkandrec.com or 704-588-5224.
“Proper Pruning Techniques”: Oct. 1, 7 p.m. and Oct. 3, 9 a.m. Union County Center, 3230-D Presson Road, Monroe. Join Dustin Adcock and the Union County Master Gardeners for a Successful Gardener Class on pruning Thursday evening and return Saturday to practice these newly learned techniques. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org 704-283-3801.
“Kids In Nature Day”: Oct 3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Habitat and Wildlife Keepers at Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd, Matthews. Join HAWK for a day of family fun including nature hikes, bird-watching, fishing, planting milkweed for our monarch weigh station, making birdhouse nest boxes. Free. HAWKNCWF.org 704-651-7056.
“Rose Show”: Oct. 3, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Charlotte Rose Society at Porter Ridge Middle School, 2827 Ridge Road, Indian Trail. Annual rose show and consulting rosarians available to answer all your questions about roses and rose culture. Free. email@example.com 717-262-8737.
“Forney Creek Trail New Suspension Bridge -- Now Open”: Catawba Springs Preserve, 1601 Forney Creek Parkway, Denver. The Carolina Thread Trail at Sally's YMCA is a natural surface trail stretching 1.1 miles along Forney Creek in eastern Lincoln County for hiking and biking. The trail is part of an 85-acre preserve protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy. More trail and hiking information: www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org/trails/trail/sally-s-ymca-trail
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