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Day lilies show at Crabtree Valley Mall

The Raleigh Hemerocallis Club, aka daylilies club, is having its annual plant show from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27 at Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall. Here an Angel Rodgers daylily variety is seen in full bloom at Lakeview Daylily Farms in Garner, NC. Blooms only last one day, hence their name -- daylily.
The Raleigh Hemerocallis Club, aka daylilies club, is having its annual plant show from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27 at Raleigh's Crabtree Valley Mall. Here an Angel Rodgers daylily variety is seen in full bloom at Lakeview Daylily Farms in Garner, NC. Blooms only last one day, hence their name -- daylily. cseward@newsobserver.com

The Raleigh Hemerocallis Club, aka day lilies club, is having its annual plant show from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27 at Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall.

If you have a beautiful day lily growing in your garden and you know the cultivar’s scientific name, you can enter the show. Bring your day lilies to the mall’s center court, just below the food court, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on the day of the show. The show will open to the public from 2-6 p.m.

The club also will have locally grown day lilies for sale; some for only $5.

For more information about the club and event, go to nando.com/daylilyclub.

Fairy garden festival in Raleigh

Raleigh’s Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden center is hosting a fairy garden festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 20.

You can enter your own fairy garden contest from 9-10 a.m. Public voting is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Winners will receive a garden center gift card, and voters will be entered to win a gift card.

Other activities include face painting from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and a children’s craft station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The center is at 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh, 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com,

A license plate for gardening fans

Backyard gardeners and flower lovers may soon be able to show off their passion for gardening with a new specialty license plate.

The N.C. Commercial Flower Growers Association is seeking 500 signatures to begin production of the “NC Gardening” plate. Once 500 signatures have been obtained and the accompanying fees have been paid, the association will be able to petition the General Assembly to introduce a bill authorizing the Department of Motor Vehicles to print these specialized plates.

The group hopes to get all needed signatures by Feb. 15, 2016. The initial fee for the license plate is $20. Once the plate is approved, participating drivers will be charged a $20 fee by the DMV in addition to their registration fees each year.

To sign the petition, go to nccfga.org.

Public voting open for N.C. Modernist house awards

Public voting is open until June 30 for the annual George Matsumoto Prize for North Carolina Modernist residential architecture.

The public will chose the people’s choice award among 13 entries, which include homes from Charlotte to Carrboro.

A jury of internationally known architects and designers will choose a first, second and third place winner; each winning $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Three people’s choice winners will be chosen by public voting.

Fans of the PBS show “A Chef’s Life” will recognize the home owned by Kinston chef Vivian Howard and her husband, Ben Knight. The couple owns Chef & the Farmer and Boiler Room Oyster Bar restaurants. The couple’s home was designed by Chicago-based architect Ann Clark and built by Kinston builder Ned T. Grady.

N.C. Modernist Houses created the prize in 2012 to honor Matsumoto, one of the founding faculty members of North Carolina State University’s School of Design who designed some of North Carolina’s best known and best loved modernist houses. Matsumoto, now based in Oakland, Calif., is the honorary chair of the jury.

To vote, go to ncmodernist.org/prize2015.htm.

Vegetable gardening class

Raleigh’s J.C. Raulston Arboretum is offering a seven-week vegetable gardening course starting June 24.

The teacher is Bryce Lane, a horticulture professor emeritus at N.C. State University. It will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays June 24-Aug. 5 and 9-11 a.m. Aug. 8.

The course is designed for beginner and veteran gardeners who are interested in growing their own food. The class also includes a field trip to the Asbury United Methodist Church Community Garden, which recently received the City of Raleigh Environmental Award in Urban Agriculture. The garden started in 2011 and has donated over 6,000 pounds of vegetables to charities.

Cost: $200 for members, $250 for nonmembers. Preregistration is required.

The arboretum is 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu

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