The Master Gardener PLANT SALE is this Saturday morning, April 30 at Yorkmont Farmers Market and Matthews Community Farmers Market. Now is the time to add to your must-have list of plants, herbs, flowers, shrubs and more. Try new vegetables that are not commonly offered and make great additions to your edible garden landscape. Bring your garden questions and Ask A Master Gardener. Find great prices on great plants proven to thrive in Southern Piedmont gardens. Extension Master Gardeners propagate plants from their own gardens, demonstration gardens and greenhouse for sale to the public at regional farmers markets. The proceeds from these sales help fund community education programs and horticultural scholarships for students at local colleges. For more details email@example.com
Spread the word--The Mecklenburg County Master Gardeners and UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens are partnering to bring you more opportunities for learning. Start your Saturday afternoon April 23 visit at 1pm with a free program "Time to Grow Terrific Tomatoes!" (30 minutes - 1 hour), and then enjoy the beauty of the greenhouse and gardens at your leisure. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Margaret Genkins will present fool-proof gardening tips for growing juicy, tasty tomatoes as well as information about types of tomatoes and varieties that do well in our humid, hot Piedmont summers.
This is a great opportunity to ask questions about tomato-growing or any gardening topic. After the talk the Master Gardener Volunteers will be onsite until 4 pm, answering questions, providing landscape advice, and talking with garden visitors.
Where: The McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd, Charlotte, NC 28262. You may park in any unrestricted spot on the weekends. Don't miss out on future talks, mark your calendars for your favorite topics!
Presenting Irises for Exhibition: April 16, 9:30-11 a.m. Charlotte Iris Society, 1820 East 7th Street. 9:30 Coffee/Pastries. 10 a.m Greg Schaffer discusses floral arranging with irises for show (Iris Society annual show April 30 at Black Lion, 10635 Park Road). A plant exchange will conclude the meeting. Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural Healing from the Garden - Plants as Medicine: Apr 18, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Garden Club at the Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Road. Joe Graedon, pharmacologist and Terry Graedon, medical anthropologist will discuss healing plants. The Graedon’s are co-hosts of The People’s Pharmacy program on National Public Radio. Free.
Have No Fear!: Apr. 16, 2 - 3 p.m., McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Rd. Scared of snakes? Bugged by bugs? Terrified of turtles? Separate fact from fiction about misunderstood animals, learn why these animals should be revered instead of feared. Free, registration required. parkandrec.com, 704-588-5224
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Don't miss this two (and a half) day plant extravaganza! Friday, April 15, 9 am-3 pm and
Saturday, April 16, 9 am-3 pm. Shop UNCCBG's special selection of native plants & exotic botanicals --wildflowers, trees & shrubs, perennials, tropicals, succulents, venus fly-traps and other carnivorous plants -- at our largest sale of the year. This is a great opportunity to buy hard-to-find natives, as well as discover asurprise or two. As always, our knowledgeable staff and volunteers are ready for your questions and to help you navigate the selections. Happy shopping and happy planting! GPS address: 9090 Craver Rd. Charlotte, NC 28262
**Want to make sure you get the pick of the plant lot? YES! Get to the plant sale early this year by becoming a Steward of the Gardens. Besides early entry into the plant sale, Stewards also take home a free native plant, get discounts from local vendors, and other benefits. Check out our new Garden Stewardship program (and even join online!)
not a Steward yet? You may join online or at the sale on Thursday Member's (Steward's) Afternoon -Thursday, April 14, noon-3 pm
Parking: Parking available across the street from the greenhouse and in Lot 16 for sale and gardens visitors during the sale. Parking attendants be on hand to direct you and will be opening the gated lot for plant pick-ups.
Payment: Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted with all proceeds supporting the operations of the Botanical Gardens.
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Ask a Master Gardener: Mar 26, 8 a.m.-noon, Davidson Farmer’s Market, 120 South Main St, Davidson. Got garden and plant questions? We’ve got answers! Drop by and tell us what's happening in your garden. Or contact the Hort Help desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-366-4011
Sowing & Growing, Planting & Harvesting: Mar 31, 6-7:30 p.m. NC Cooperative Extension Service, 1418 Armory Dr. Learn how to create or improve your own productive, sustainable garden. $5. 704-336-2082
Landscape Design and Installation: Apr 2, 10-11:30 a.m., New Hope Garden Center, 2703 Beaty Rd., Gastonia. Learn to design your own yard, including measuring, best location for plants, proper spacing and different layouts. The Gaston County Beekeepers Association will be discussing the beneficial impact bees have in the pollination of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Free. Register: www.newhopegreenhouse.com, 704-824-1799
Track Trails-Nature's Hide & Seek: Mar 26, 3- 4 p.m., McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd., take a guided 1.2 mile hike to see what can be found in the Nature Preserve. Participants will receive the Nature's Hide & Seek guide to aid in exploring the woods in search of local flora and fauna. Wear hiking shoes. Registration required. Free, Ages: 8 and up, www.parkandrec.com, 704-588-5224
Amphibian Hunt: Mar 26 & 27, 12:30 p.m., Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Rd.
Join the naturalists for a spring amphibians scavenger hunt. Explore the Museum grounds to find some slimy friends and observe them in their natural habitat. Included with Museum admission: $8 www.charlottenaturemuseum.org, 704-372-6261, x300
Mighty Ants: Mar.28, 10:45 a.m. & 1:45 p.m. Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Rd., Huntersville. Ants have been able to survive on earth for over 100 million years! Learn about how ants hear, taste, touch and smell. Members/free, non-members/$10. Discoveryplacekids.org, 704-372-6261 x-300
Camp Wing Haven: Jun 20-24, Jul 18-22, Aug 15-19. Wing Haven Children’s Garden,
260 Ridgewood Ave. Budding naturalists enjoy fun-filled, hands-on play in the dirt experiences.
Cost: $125 members/$150 non-members. For program highlights/Info: www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp, 704-331-0664, email@example.com
Backyard Vegetable Garden Workshop: Mar 12, 10 a.m. Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Rd. Adults and children learn to build garden beds, prepare the soil and what to plant in your vegetable garden. Non-members $15/family; members $12/family. www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp 704-331-0664 x-101
2016 Camellia Show: Mar 12 & 13, 1–5 p.m. Charlotte Camellia Society at the Historic White Home, 258 East White St, Rock Hill, S.C. Six hundred camellia blooms on display! Camellia plants for sale. Free. 704-609-4883
What’s Design Got To Do With It? Mar 17, 10 a.m Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Cherryville Hwy 279, Dallas. Lisa Tompkins, of It’s Elemental Landscape Design, teaches the importance of garden planning in design. Free. Barbara Linster, 704-674-0860
Got Garden Questions? Bring them to Extension Master Gardeners at the Davidson Farmers Market: Mar 19, 8 a.m.-noon, 120 S Main St, Davidson. Got questions on organic gardening, companion plants for vegetables, plant selection, composting and vermiculture, native plants, lawn care, or any gardening issue? Get answers! www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org
All about Hostas: Mar 19, 9 a.m., Piedmont Daylily Club, Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Rd. Nils Nordstrand of North State Hostas discusses the wonderful and diverse array of Hostas available. Free. http://piedmontdaylilyclub.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-617-1654
"America’s First Forest" NC produced PBS documentary film : Mar 15, 7 p.m. CROWN (Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature) the Charlotte chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Myer’s Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Rd. Free. Open to public. www.crowncharlotte.org
Spring Fling: Mar 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1628 Sterling Rd. Find out what's hopping, hatching, blooming and buzzing. Meet live animals, go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt, explore beekeeping. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the Back Deck. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will answer questions on native plants and vegetable gardening. Cost $8. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org, 704-372-6261
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Botany for Gardeners and Naturalists: Feb 26, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Feb 27, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens at McMillan Greenhouse classroom, 9090 Craver Rd. Dr. Larry Mellichamp, PhD. Director Emeritus, UNCCBG, will cover plant kingdoms, structure and function, life stages, populations and eco-types, flowers and plant reproduction. $110, www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721
Seedling Sale: Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-noon, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon St., 45th Annual Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Tree Seedling sale. Hardwood seedlings and shrubs $2 each including Buttonbush, Possumhaw Viburnum, Red Chokeberry, Spicebush, Virginia Sweetspire, Waxmyrtle, Winterberry, Eastern Redbud, Pawpaw, River Birch, Sweetbay Magnolia, Black Gum, Persimmon, and Red Maple. Rain barrels also for sale. www.mecklenburgconservation.com, 704-336-2455
Winter Garden Walk: Feb 28, 1 & 2 p.m., UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens at McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Rd. Stroll through the Susie Harwood Garden to appreciate bright berries, bark textures, evergreen structures, and magically fragrant flowers. Guided tours begin with a Camellias presentation.. $5, members free. www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721
Monarch Butterflies-Journeys and Transformations: Mar. 1, 7 p.m., H.A.W.K. at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street East, Matthews. Amazing 30 minute video tells the story of the Monarch’s life-cycle, migration and survival issues. Angel Hjarding talks about the Butterfly Highway and what you can do to help. Free. HAWKNCWF@gmail.com, 704-814-0877
Mecklenburg County Urban Outdoor Connection Camps: Registration now open.
Ivory Baker Rec. Center: Jun 13-Jul 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., M-F and
Sugar Creek Rec. Center: Jun 20-Jul 15, and Jul 25-Aug 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., M-F. Before (8-9 a.m.) and after-care (4-5 p.m.) included. Both camps: ages 7-9 themes are Habitats, Water, Survival, Animals, and Adventure; ages 10-12 themes are Outdoor Sports, Eco Science, Adventure, Water and Backpacking, Kayaking, fishing, hiking and fire building. Registration requires proof of need with a completed scholarship application. Scholarships available. Mecklenburg ParksandRec.com. Call for pricing, 704-588-5224
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Selecting, Caring for and Pruning Japanese Maples: Feb. 23, 10 a.m., Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Teri Edwards, manager of the Susie Harwood Garden at UNCC’s Botanical Gardens, will explain which Maple to select, when and how to prune. $25 (non-members $35) www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
Budding Botanists -"Smell Me": Feb. 21, 1:30-3 p.m., McMillan Greenhouse, UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. Children are introduced to the smell of mint, cinnamon, gardenias...all the smells made by plants. Ages 4–8, UNCC Botanical Gardens. $5. www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45aca923a4fd0-budding1, email@example.com, 704-687-0719
The Truth About Organic Gardening: Feb. 25, 10 a.m., Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Jeff Gillman, UNCC Botanical Gardens Director, will discuss the safety and efficacy of organic gardening products and practices. $25 (non-members $35), www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
Shade Gardening: Feb. 27, 9 a.m., Pike Nursery, 12630 North Community House Rd. Learn to plan and plant a shade garden using plants that thrive with limited light to bring color and texture to the garden. Free. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events
Hardwood Seedling and Shrub Sale: Feb. 27, 9-noon, NC Native Plant Society at Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon St. Plant sale of native tree and shrub seedlings. www.ncwildflower.org
Pruning Roses: Feb. 27, 10 a.m. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Rd. 704-366-2566
Guided Winter Garden Walk: Feb. 28, 1 and 2 p.m., McMillan Greenhouse, UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. Garden walk, camellia shrub sale and short camellia presentation. Members free/Non-members $5. gardens.uncc.edu/education-events/certificate-in-native-plant-studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Raising Backyard Chickens: Feb. 24, noon-1:30 p.m., NC Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Dr. Sustainable Living Series. Chickens can be a colorful, beautiful, entertaining addition to your garden, and a few hens in your backyard can supply all the eggs your family needs. This workshop will provide beginner guidance for citizens interested in raising backyard chickens. $5, advance register at www.go.ncsu.edu/sls, 704-336-2082
Establishing Wildlife Habitats: Mar. 5-13, Registration closes Feb. 19. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1538 Sterling Rd. Interactive 4-day training focuses on habitats in any residential or commercial landscape. $55. Limited to 30 participants. www.crowncharlotte.org/habitat-steward-training, email@example.com, 704-841-1372
Growing Hellebores and Their Companions: Feb 9, 10 a.m., Richard and Judith Knott Tyler (Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide) will present new and unique hellebores and discuss planting techniques. The Tylers own and operate Pine Knott Farms which has been featured in Southern Living and Martha Stewart’s magazine and TV program. $25 (non-members $35) www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
Understanding the Food System: Farm to Table: February 10, 12-1:30 p.m., NC Cooperative Extension, Sustainable Living Series,1418 Armory Drive, $5 registration, www.go.ncsu.edu/sls, 704-336-2082
Valentine’s Orchid Sale: Feb 11-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. Stroll McMillan Greenhouse to enjoy the orchid display collections, ask questions of the experts, then choose from a variety of blooming orchids well-suited to the home environment. Orchids $15 to $40. Free. www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721.
Fifth Annual Gardeners’ Conference: Feb. 11, snow date Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Davidson County Ext. Master Gardeners at Center United Methodist Church, 186 Center Church Road in Lexington, NC. Felder Rushing shares his version of “Slow Gardening.” Brent Heath (Brent and Becky’s Bulbs) discusses “Bulbs as Complementary Plants for Four Seasons.” Concurrent sessions in between. $35 Registration, davidson.ces.ncsu.edu, 336-236-3131.
Creating a Wildflower Meadow: Feb 11, 10 a.m. For 22-years, Trena McNabb, gardener, artist, and NC Native Plant Society board member, transformed a sewer-line easement into a vibrant, healthy native wildflower meadow. She will show photos documenting her progress, mistakes and accomplishments. $25 (non-members $35) www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
The Truth about Growing Orchids at Home: Feb. 13, 2-3:30 p.m., UNCC Botanical Garden, McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. Botanical Gardens orchid specialist, John Denti and Assistant Director, Paula Gross, discuss orchid biology basics and demystify growing them at home. Light, water, fertilizer, and repotting, will be covered. Register early, Class limit: 15, $20 www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721
Gardening Tool Talk and Timely Advice: Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m., Charlotte Garden Club at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd. Pat Linton, owner of Living Color, who maintains gardens for the Mint Museum and others, discusses great garden tools and plenty of insider advice. Free. www.charlottegardenclub.org
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
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