If you are looking for something to do Sunday, why not participate in the annual Durham Butterfly Count.
Volunteers meet at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the North Carolina Museum of Life & Science in Durham. From there volunteers are divided into groups, pairing beginners with experienced butterfliers. They visit designated areas to survey the butterflies and meet back at the museum in the late afternoon to compile the results.
Volunteers are encouraged to pack snacks, a lunch and beverages. Volunteers should wear hiking boots, long pants, a hat and sunscreen and bring binoculars. There is a mandatory $3 per person fee to participate. For more information, go to: jeffpippen.com/butterflies/durhamcount.htm
Note: if you are interested in butterflies, the Carolina Butterfly Society is holding its annual symposium at Yates Mill Pond in Raleigh on Sept. 10-11. Details are coming soon at carolinabutterflysociety.org
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Pawpaw festival is next weekend
The ninth annual N.C. Pawpaw Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Forsyth County Agriculture Building in Winston-Salem.
The free event will include cooking demonstrations, tastings of pawpaw dishes, tours of the county extension’s pawpaw orchard and lectures by pawpaw experts. Fruits, seeds and trees will be available for purchase. The event is at 1450 Fairchild Road, Winston-Salem.
For more information, contact Derek Morris or Mary Jac Brennan at 336-703-2850 or visit Facebook page: facebook.com/ncpawpaw/
Raleigh garden center offers classes
Raleigh’s Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden Center has posted the schedule for their fall classes. Here are few of the offerings:
▪ Learn basic orchid care at 9 a.m. Sept. 3. Cost: $5. (Another class is scheduled for 9 a.m. Oct. 8.)
▪ Gardening for newcomers at 10 a.m. Sept. 3. This class will discuss gardening in zone 7b. Class is free but registration is required. (Another class is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 1.)
▪ Container gardening class with former N.C. State University professor Bryce Lane, who will discuss pots, living walls, green roofs and miniature gardens, at 10 a.m. Sept. 10. Class is free but but registration is required. A container gardening station will follow at 11 a.m.
▪ Advanced Orchid Care at 9 a.m. Sept. 17. Class cost $5. (Another class will be 9 a.m. Oct. 22.)
▪ Perennials for Fall Interest at 10 a.m. Sept. 17. The class will share plant choices to add year-round interest to your garden.
▪ Fairy Gardening workshop at 10 a.m. Sept. 24. The class costs $25 per adult, $25 per child or $25 for one adult and one child. (Other classes are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 28 and 1 p.m. Oct. 22.)
To see the complete list and register for classes, go to: atlanticavenuegarden.com.