The Summer edition of Extension Gardener, a special newsletter issue is in! ALL about choosing and buying native plants for the Piedmont region, including deer-resistant natives, bird-friendly native plants and drought-tolerant plants. A wealth of gardening information in this issue and others available - direct from NC State Extension Gardener. download or read online.
“Take a Frog Walk”: July 25, 7:30. Four Mile Creek Greenway in Piper Glen. HAWK (Habitat and Wildlife Keepers) sponsors a walk in the dark with Taylor Piephoff. Wonder what frog is making that sound? See trees lit with lightening bugs. Ever see a beaver? The walk is free, but you must pre-register at HAWKNCWF@gmail.com , you will receive a confirmation and details on where and when to meet.
“Garden Nights”: July 2, 5-9 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Enjoy food, wine and beer, walk the gardens and enjoy a guided tour of ZimSculpt at 7 p.m. Childcare available w/charge. Garden admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+, children $6.95. www.dsbg.org 704-825-4490
“Get CRAFTY with Red, White, & Blue: Discover Patriotic Nature”: July 4, 11 a.m. - 1 pm, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. Ages 6 and up create a fun patriotic summer craft to take home, dress to get messy. From 3- 4:00 p.m. discover examples of the patriotic nature of the United States and North Carolina through stories, history, and interpretation. Free. Registration required online at parkandrec.com or call McDowell Nature Center at 704-588-5224 for more information.
“Hot Summer Gardening Tips”: June 20, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, in the Greenery Shed. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners provide expert, research-based answers and solutions. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org 704-336-4011
“Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds”: June 20, 9 a.m. for adults and June 24, 1 p.m. for children. Pike Nursery, 12630 North Community House Road. Adults learn how to create an inviting habitat to welcome wildlife and pollinators. Learn pollinator tips, planting techniques and which flowering plants bring in feathered and fluttering friends. Free. On June 24, children and families learn in a special class geared toward children. Free 704-341-7453
“Celebrate World Oceans Day”: June 20, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. In honor of World Oceans Day, dive into the ocean ecosystem. Learn about marine life, explore ways that the oceans cares for us and ways we can care for the ocean. Activities include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Activities included with museum admission: all ages $8.00. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org 704-372-6261.
“Horticulture Highlight Walk”: June 20, 1 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Guides will highlight what is in bloom, offer seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Each walk is a unique experience. Free with garden admission. Admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+, $6.95 children.
“Eco-Friendly Gardening: Introduction to Vermicomposting”: June 24, 2-4 p.m. Scaleybark Branch, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 101 Scaleybark Road. Learn practical, basic techniques on how to start worm composting with Mecklenburg County Extension Master Gardeners. Space is limited, register in advance online: http://www.cmlibrary.org/calendar/eventsignup. RSVP 704-416-6400.
“Garden Beauty on a Budget”: June 24, noon-1:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Improve the look, feel and style of your garden without breaking the bank with these tips from Extension Master Gardeners. Create stylish, beautiful outdoor green spaces and select healthy flowers, shrubs and trees. Register online, in advance $5 mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
“Garden Nights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden”: June 25, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 6500 New South Hope Road, Belmont. Take an evening stroll in the gardens to visit the Orchid Pavilion and ZimSculpt, the international exhibit of African Shona sculpture in an outdoor, tropical setting. Included with admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+ and $6.95 children. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events, 704-825-4490.
“Budding Botanists: Pollinators and Plants Unite”: June 28, 1:30-3:00 p.m. UNCC Botanical Garden, McMillan Greenhouse (and outdoors) 9090 Craver Road. An exploration program for kids 4-8, where young minds and hands get prime-time with the plant and animal kingdom. Advance registration: $5, gardens.uncc.edu; questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Capture Your Imagination in Flight”: June 13 and 14, noon - 5:00 p.m. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. Walk the woodland trail for a ¾ mile, self-guided tour of 75-80 raptors in rehabilitation. Visit the Family Corvidae, the Osprey Observation Deck, Owl Forest Stroll and Vulture Culture exhibits. Tickets for the Eagle Encounter amphitheater program $5 on June 14 at 3:00 p.m. General admission: $10 adults; $8 senior 65+, educators and active military with ID; $6 students; 4 and under free. Additional programs and tickets at www.carolinaraptorcenter.org/visit/hours-and-programs
“How to Grow Crape Myrtles”: June 13, 9 a.m. Pike Nurseries, 12630 Community House Road. Learn proper care, maintenance and best pruning practices for this easy-care tree with white, pink, lavender, purple or red flowers. FREE. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events
“Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden Classes”: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Register for all classes online at www.dsbg.org. “Introduction to Beekeeping”: June 13, 9 – 11:30 a.m. Learn what it takes to be a hobbyist beekeeper with instruction on how to start and maintain a honeybee colony. Cost: $24. “Photographing Butterflies”: June 14, 1:30 – 4 p.m. Join our expert instructor and learn to capture the movement and stunning colors of these amazing insects. Class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $46. Members receive 15% discount. “Garden Nights Sip and Paint”: June 18, 6 – 8 p.m. Paint and relax with a glass of wine and a painting lesson featuring plenty of natural beauty to inspire your creativity. Cost: $30, includes one drink ticket. Members receive 15% discount. “Horticultural Highlight Walk”: June 20, 1 p.m. Join our professional horticulture staff as they take you on a custom tour of the Garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Each walk is a unique experience. These walks are free with Garden admission. Admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+ and $6.95 children. www.dsbg.org. 704-825-4490.
“Ask a Master Gardener”: June 13, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Greenery Shed, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road. Got gardening questions? Get answers from Mecklenburg Master Gardeners. Can’t make it to the farmers market? Call the Horticulture Help Desk at 704-336-4011 www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org
“Something’s Eating My Plants” – A Baker’s Dozen of the Most Common Garden Pests” June 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m. or June 17, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Renfrow Hardware, 188 N. Trade Street, Matthews. Join Jeff Rieves, Horticulturist & former NC Cooperative Extension agent to learn what’s munching your garden! Kids under 16 attend free with families. Register and advance pay $20.00 at Renfrow Hardware or http://www.renfrowhardware.com/classes
“Garden Beauty on a Budget”: June 24, noon – 1:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Improve the look, feel and style of your garden without breaking the bank with these tips from Extension Master Gardeners. EMGs share tips on creating stylish, beautiful outdoor green spaces and selecting healthy flowers, shrubs and trees. Register online, in advance $5 mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/
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“Wild About Summer” series begins with “Bee Wild”: June 6, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont. Get up close with Bees in the garden by viewing hives, learning about the life of bees, talking with local beekeeping experts and tasting local honey. The first of a three part series this summer with unique hands-on activities for the whole family. Each event is free with regular garden admission. DSBG members free, non-members $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+ and $6.95 children. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar 704-825-4490
“Celebrate National Trails Day and Enjoy a Working Nature Hike”: June 6, 9 a.m. on the South Fork Trail, 119 Willow Drive, McAdenville. Show your love for trails by joining the Carolina Thread Trail for a naturalist-guided, 2 mile trail hike through the Pharr Lands Preserve protected by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Along the way help maintain it by picking up trash and trimming overgrowth. Free. Advance register: www.carolinathreadtrail.org/nationaltrailsday
“Got Gardening Questions? Get Answers with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners”: June 6, 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Charlotte Regional Farmers Market - Greenery Shed, 1801 Yorkmont Road. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org Horticulture Help Desk: 704-336-4011
“Birding Walk on the Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail”: June 9, 9 – 10 a.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, 6500 New Hope Road, Belmont. Scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts, led by birding volunteers. Some previous walks have documented as many as 24 different species of bird! DSBG members free, non-members $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+ www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar 704-825-4490
“Garden Steward Days at Reedy Creek Nature Center”: June 12, and each third Friday of the month, 8 - 11 a.m. North Carolina Native Plants Society, Southern Piedmont Chapter at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. Come help keep our parks beautiful! Most work will be weeding. Wear appropriate clothes, and bring water. 704-432-6460
“Jr. Wing Haven Gardener Camp” for rising 2nd - 5th graders: Register now for June 22 - June 25, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children’s Garden at Wing Haven Gardens, 260 Ridgewood Avenue. Campers will be outdoors, experiment with nature, the gardens, habitats and animal care. $95 member, $125 non-member, participation limited. www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp 704-331-0604 ext 103
“Wildflower Walk at Broad River Greenway”: June 14, 1 - 3 p.m. The North Carolina Native Plant Society, Southern Piedmont Chapter meets at Broad River Greenway Ranger’s Office, 126 Broad River Drive, Shelby. Lanny Waterson will lead one of his favorite hikes in the area with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Most of the trails are flat and follow the Broad River with accessibility to most. Free. Parking fee $5.00 for non-Cleveland County residents. Advance reserve with Lanny email@example.com 704-861-0570
“Storytime in the Secret Garden”: June 16, 10 a.m. Children’s Garden at Wing Haven Gardens, 260 Ridgewood Avenue. Enjoy storytime and a romp in the garden, tend vegetables, dig worms and spend time with new chicks. Members free, nonmembers $5. www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp 704-331-0604 ext 103
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“Mellichamp Native Terrace Grand Opening”: May 31, 4 - 6 pm, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road. Come enjoy the official ribbon-cutting at 4:00 and grand opening of the Mellichamp Native Terrace. UNC Charlotte’s newest garden blends southeastern native flora, sustainable practices, and smart home landscape design together in the showplace garden. Stroll the Mellichamp Native Terrace, McMillan Greenhouse, Van Landingham Glen, and the Susie Harwood Glen. Docents will be on hand for guidance and information. Free parking available at Lot 5, directly behind Van Landingham Glen. From Lot 5, please enter the Gardens through the Asian Garden entrance; signs and volunteers will direct you to the Mellichamp Native Terrace.
“Ask A Master Gardener”: May 30, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road located in the Greenery Shed. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners provide expert, research-based answers www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org Horticulture Help desk: 704-336-4011
“First Tuesday in the Garden Identifying Plants”: June 2, noon to 1 p.m., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont features Director of Horticulture, Peter Grimaldi with methodology for tree and shrub identification a first step to good design, proper maintenance and overall success in the garden. First Tuesday presentations are free with general Garden admission. Admission for Garden members is free; adults, $12.95; seniors 60+, $11.95; and children 2-12, $6.95. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch while enjoying the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/ 704-825-4490.
“Camp Wing Haven for Rising 1st Graders”: June 15 - 18, 9 a.m. - 12 noon, Children's Garden, Wing Haven Foundation, 260 Ridgewood Ave. Participation is limited, advance register early. Explore the wonders of Wing Haven through stories and hands-on activities. Campers will experience the garden critters, including our newest addition of young chickens, get their hands dirty, plant vegetables and flowers in the children's garden, and more! Member Camper Fee: $95; non-member: $125. http://www.winghavengardens.com/ChildActivities.asp.
“Garden Nights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden”: May 28, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 6500 New South Hope Road, Belmont. Take an evening stroll in the gardens to visit the Orchid Pavilion and ZimSculpt, the international exhibit of African Shona sculpture in an outdoor, tropical setting. Delicious food, beer and wine available. Admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events, 704-825-4490.
“Got Gardening Questions? Get Answers with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners”: May 23. At two locations: Davidson Farmers Market, 120 South Main Street, Davidson, 8 a.m. - noon and Charlotte Regional Farmers Market - Greenery Shed, 1801 Yorkmont Road, 8:30 -11:30 a.m. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org Horticulture Help Desk 704-336-4011.
“Budding Botanists - Wings in a Flower” Children’s Program: May 24, 1- 3:00 p.m. UNCC Botanical Garden, McMillan Greenhouse (and outdoors) 9090 Craver Road. A plant exploration program for kids 4-8, where young minds and hands get prime-time with the plant kingdom. Register in advance, $5 gardens.uncc.edu questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sustainability in the Home Garden - Garden Like a Master”: May 27, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Mecklenburg County Extension Service, 1418 Armory Drive. Master Gardeners discuss techniques of integrated pest management, companion planting, materials recycling and lawn management to reduce carbon footprint while creating a healthy, productive garden. $5.00 advance register: mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain
“Growing Roses”: May 30, 9 - 9:45 a.m., Pike Nursery, 12630 N. Community House Road. Back to basics! Learn gardening essentials for growing and caring for roses, including pruning, fertilizing, watering and more. Expert tips and tricks. Free. 704-251-2441 www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events
The Garden Tour season is not over yet - aren't you glad?
“Wing Haven Gardener's Garden Tour”: May 9, 10 - 4 p.m. and May 10, 1 - 5 p.m. Tour five private gardens created by homeowners and Winghaven 248 Ridgewood Avenue and Elizabeth Lawrence Gardens. This is the 21st year celebrating Charlotte’s finest gardeners’ gardens. Admission $30 online www.winghavengardens.com/SeasonalEvents.asp in advance or at Blackhawk Hardware. Day(s) of event ticket price $35 available for purchase at Wing Haven. www.winghavengardens.com
“Spring Plant Sale at Matthews Community Farmers Market”: May 9, 7:30 – 11 a.m., 188 North Trade Street, Matthews. Shop edible and ornamental plants including herbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees for Southern Piedmont gardens. Proceeds support sustainable garden education programs throughout Mecklenburg County by NC State Extension Master Gardeners. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org, Horticulture Help Desk 704-336-4011.
“Southern Piedmont Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society”: May 10, 2 p.m. Visit the newly installed Medicine Wheel Herb Garden taking shape at Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. www.ncwildflower.org
“Gastonia Historic District Home and Garden Tour”: May 16, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sponsored by the York Chester National Historic District Neighborhood Association. The tour features five gardens, three homes, and the recently opened historic Loray Mill Loft Apartments. Advance tickets $15 at The Hive, 127 West Main Avenue or Akers Pharmacy, 1595 East Garrison Boulevard, Gastonia. Day of tour tickets $20 at 1015 Edgewood Circle, Gastonia. www.yorkchester.org
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Spring is the RIGHT time to plant. Join us for plant sales and find edible and ornamental plants including herbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed, 1801 Yorkmont Road. Again, Saturday, May 9, 7:15 a.m. – 12 noon Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, North Trade Street, Matthews.
Plant sales raise funds for sustainable garden education programs throughout Mecklenburg www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org , email@example.com, Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Horticulture Help Desk at 704-336-4011.
“Historic Rosedale Plantation Bicentennial Garden Tour” May 2, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday May 3, 1-4 p.m. Tour six private gardens and wrap up Sunday afternoon 4- 6 p.m. with a wine and cheese party at Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 North Tryon Street. The grand hall exhibits never-before seen photos of Rosedale's garden over the years. $25.00 in advance, $30.00 the day of at 6027 Rexwood Place. Ticket & details: www.historicrosedale.org/events/55-Bicentennial-Garden-Tour 704-335-0325.
“Charlotte is a Wildlife Friendly Community Celebration” May 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Marshall Park, 800 E. 3rd Street, Charlotte CROWN Charlotte Reconnecting Ourselves With Nature, the Charlotte Chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation celebrates with local environmental groups, family nature activities, music & more. Speakers: National Wildlife Federation’s CEO, Collin O’Mara and Mayor Dan Clodfelter. Ask a Master Gardener will be under the tents talking up sustainable gardening. See you there! Parking at Charlotte Board of Education Building.FREE. www.crowncharlotte.org/charlotte-naturally.html
“Master Gardener Plant Sale”: May 2, 8 a.m. – 12 noon, Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Greenery Shed. Shop edible and ornamental plants including herbs, perennials, shrubs, and trees for Southern Piedmont gardens. Funds support sustainable garden education programs throughout Mecklenburg County. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org Horticulture Help Desk 704-336-4011.
“Bird Walk in Latta Park”: May 3, 9 a.m. Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue, in the heart of Dilworth is the perfect place to enjoy the beautiful color of birds during Spring Migration. $5 per person. Space is limited so sign up early. Carol@GreenwayBirdHouse.com
“High Tea Birthday Celebration at Winghaven”: May 3, 4-6 pm, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Come celebrate the founders’ birthdays and make this a multi-generational high tea in the Main Garden. $35/adult, $20/child 10 and under. RSVP www.winghavengardens.com 704-331-0664 x-101. Next weekend is the Winghaven Garden Tour!
“Creating A Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard”: May 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m. HAWK Habitat And Wildlife Keepers at Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St, Matthews. Free hands-on workshop to learn the elements of a backyard habitat for wildlife and how to prepare yours. Visit with HAWKs Habitat Stewards and volunteers. Stations will be set up for Food, Water, Shelter and Places to Raise Young for birds and Sustainable Gardening Practices. Find information on pollinators, native plants, invasive plants and beekeeping. Free. Native plants will be offered for sale. Questions 704-814-0877.
“Whether it's Rain or Shine, it's Weather!”: May 2 and 23, 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. McDowell Nature Center 15222 York Road. Join an educator as children ages 6-12, explore what weather is and where it comes from. Participants will learn about cloud classification, thunderstorm development and learn how to use basic weather instruments and read weather maps. Dress appropriately for the weather! Register online parkandrec.com 704-588-5224.
“Bird Walk at Six Mile Creek Greenway”: May 9, 9:00 a.m. The greenway with parking at 17820 Marvin Road is packed with birds. Bird expert Taylor Piephoff shares his expertise while all enjoy the beautiful color of birds in Spring migration. $5 per person. RSVP early: Carol@GreenwayBirdHouse.com
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