Raleigh arboretum hosts plant breeding event
Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum is hosting “A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How Better Plants Are Created” on Oct. 2.
The speakers includes N.C. State University horticulture professors Tom Ranney and Denny Werner, and Tim Wood, product development manager at Spring Meadow Nursery, outside Grand Rapids, Mich.
The evening also will include appetizers, wine, beer and an auction featuring many rare plants.
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The event is 5:30-10 p.m. Oct. 2 at the arboretum’s Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.
Tickets cost $75 for members, $90 for nonmembers.
Info: 919-513-7005, jcra.ncsu.edu
‘Plants of Distinction’ lecture series
Durham’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens hosts a “Plants of Distinction” lecture series designed to teach gardeners about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality.
Here are a sample of upcoming classes:
▪ Fall Planting in the Vegetable Garden is 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 6.
▪ Berries and Seeds for the Birds is 2:30-4 p.m. Oct. 20.
▪ Hellebores in the Winter Garden is 2:30-4 p.m. March 1.
The classes are held at the Doris Duke Center at the gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham.
Cost: $7, or $5 for garden members or Duke University staff and students.
For registration or information: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Home show this weekend
The Southern Ideal Home Show is Sept. 26-27 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.
Hilary Farr, co-host of HGTV’s “Love it or List It,” will share her design expertise during Q&A sessions at noon and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26.
Tickets are available online and at the door for $9. Children under 15 are free with a paying adult. Free parking is available.
Win a lawnmower tune-up kit
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You must “Like” the News & Observer Lifestyles Facebook page and leave a comment below our post about the giveaway. The deadline to enter is noon Oct. 10. Good luck!