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Tickets on sale for Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Camellias on display at the annual show in Fayetteville. This year’s event will be March 5-6.
Camellias on display at the annual show in Fayetteville. This year’s event will be March 5-6. Courtesy of the Fayetteville Camellia Club.

Tickets on sale for Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

The biennial Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour will be April 30-May 1.

The tour will visit seven private gardens in the Chapel Hill area. Plein air artists, musicians and vendors will be on hand at several of the gardens. Here are details about a few of the gardens:

▪ A 115-year-old farmhouse and smokehouse are the heart of the Dean-Torrey garden at historic Bennett Farm. Imaginative birdhouses will delight all ages.

▪ The eminent University of North Carolina botanist W.C. Coker created this splendid garden of towering trees around a home he built in 1908. Today the garden displays oaks, beeches and cedar trees, a rose garden and sculptures.

▪ Edgewood Hill garden offers specimen trees, some planted in the 1970s, and 5 acres of woodland beauty with more than 50 Japanese maples.

Proceeds support the Children’s Wonder Garden and programs at the N.C. Botanical Garden and the educational and community service projects of the Chapel Hill Garden Club.

The tour is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30 and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 days of tour; free for ages 16 and under with ticketed adult. Groups of 10 or more are $20 per person (online only).

For information and to purchase tickets, visit chapelhillgardentour.net. You may also call the N.C. Botanical Garden at 919-962-0522.

Save the date: Camellia show

The 70th annual Camellia Show in Fayetteville will be March 5-6.

The Fayetteville Camellia Club’s event features a flower competition, camellia jewelry and vendors, camellia art gallery, a Japanese tea ceremony on March 6 and a Japanese flower arrangement display.

Admission is free.

The show will be at the Ramada Conference Center, 1707-A Owen Drive, Fayetteville.

Join a garden club

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to become a better gardener, you should consider joining a local garden club.

Here’s a list of Triangle garden clubs:

Fuquay-Varina Garden Club: Meets 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at Fuquay-Varina Woman’s Club building, 602 N. Ennis St., Fuquay-Varina. Info: fuquayvarinagardenclub.weebly.com

Gardeners of Wake County: Meets 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. Info: gardenersofwakecounty.org

Raleigh Garden Club: Meets 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Info: raleigh-garden-club.org

Steel Magnolias Garden Club - Zebulon: Meets 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at Zebulon United Methodist Church, 121 W. Gannon Ave, Zebulon. Info: steelmagnoliasgardenclub.org

Wake Forest Garden Club: Meets 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Wake Forest Community House, 133 West Owen Ave, Wake Forest. Info: wfgardenclub.org

Chapel Hill Garden Club: Meets 9:30 a.m. the last Tuesday of the month at North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Info: chapelhillgardenclub.net

Durham Council of Garden Clubs: An umbrella organization for 10 garden clubs in Durham County. Info: durhamcouncilofgardenclubs.blogspot.com/

For more information about North Carolina garden clubs, go to gardenclubofnc.org

Enter to win home and gardening books

We have two ongoing giveaways in the Home & Garden section.

▪ Enter to win a copy of “The Kinfolk Home: Interiors for Slow Living,” by Nathan Williams. To enter, you must go to the N&O Lifestyles Facebook page, “like” the page and leave a comment on the post before midnight Dec. 31. We’ll choose a winner at random. Good luck.

▪ We’re trying to encourage readers to send in their gardening questions. So if you send a gardening question for the monthly Ask the Gardener column by Dec. 31, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a gardening book.

These titles are up for grabs: “Saving Vegetable Seeds,” by Fern Marshall Bradley; “Fairy Gardening,” by Julie Bawden-Davis and Beverly Turner; “Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening,” by Peter Burke; and “Veranda: The Romance of Flowers,” by Clinton Smith.

The deadline to submit your question and be entered to win a book is noon Dec. 31. Please send your gardening question, your full name and your city, to: askthegardener@newsobserver.com.