Calling all nature photographers!
The deadline approaches for the upcoming Juried Print Competition sponsored by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Triangle Carolinas Nature Photography Association.
The competition is open to adults and youths who submit original photographic prints of garden or plant-related subjects. The deadline to register is July 31. After that, it costs more to register.
Interested photographers must preregister and then drop off their entries from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the arboretum. An opening reception will be 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 22, and the winning prints will be on display at the arboretum until Oct. 2.
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A panel of judges will choose the winners, who will take home cash prizes. Best in Show will win $200. First place will win $100. Second place will win $75. Third place will win $50. Best in Show for the youth category (age 16 and under) will take home $50.
It costs $20 for adults to enter and $10 for youths. Each person may submit only two entries. Early registration deadline is July 31. Late registration cost $5 more.
More info: nando.com/printshow
Tree walk at Raulston Arboretum
JC Raulston Arboretum director Mark Weathington will lead two walks on Aug. 4 around the arboretum to discuss the property’s trees. The talk is titled, “Tremendous Trees.”
One walk will start at 9 a.m. at the visitor’s center; the other at 6 p.m.
The event is free to members and $5 for nonmembers.
The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.
Info: 919-513-7005, jcra.ncsu.edu
Monthly tour at Duke Gardens
On the first Thursday of the month, the Sarah P. Duke Gardens offer seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants.
The next tour is 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 6, with another tour Sept. 3.
The Blomquist Garden is 6.5 acres of rolling woodland filled with more than 900 species and varieties of regional native plants.
It costs $7 for nonmembers or $5 for members. Preregistration is required.
Free soil preparation class
Our rocky, clay soil can be somewhat difficult for gardeners to work with.
Durham County Extension master gardener Charles Murphy will teach a free class from 6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 2 about “what can be done to make the soil easier for the gardener and more productive for the plants.”
The class will be held at the Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.
Register in advance at 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PickleFest in Durham
PickleFest Durham takes place from noon-3 p.m. July 25 at the Rickhouse event space.
The event also includes live music, food trucks and local brewers. The event is free and open to the public. The Rickhouse is at 609 Foster St.
Note: I’ll be on hand selling copies of my book, “Pickles and Preserves.”