Home & Garden

Upcoming gardening symposiums and more home and garden events

Urban park expert Thomas Smarr will speak at winter garden symposium at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
Urban park expert Thomas Smarr will speak at winter garden symposium at JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Liz Ligon

Winter gardening symposium in Raleigh

Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum is offering a winter symposium, “On the Edge and in the Box: Gardening in Unusual Spaces,” 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 20.

The speakers include Marie Butler, the landscape coordinater at the Virginia Zoological Park; Ben Greene of the Farmery, which introduced the CropBox, a farm in a shipping container controllable from a smartphone; and Thomas Smarr, who helped manage the horticulture at such urban parks as the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston and the High Line in New York City.

The symposium costs $65 for members or $80 for nonmembers. Registration is required.

The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.

Info: 919-513-7005, jcra.ncsu.edu.

Children and Family Winter Walks

The JC Raulston Arboretum offers two winter garden walks: one for children and a parent from 11 a.m.-noon Feb. 19 and one for families from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21.

Participants should meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. The walk will explore the winter garden, which is filled with evergreens, winter flowers and sweet fragrances. Then participants will warm up inside with a good book and a fun winter craft.

Please come dressed for the weather. This program will be outdoors.

The Feb. 19 event is for children ages 3-5 with a caregiver. The Feb. 21 event is for families with preschool and elementary school-aged children.

Cost: $5 per child. Advance registration required. Space is limited. Please register online at jcra.ncsu.edu.

Fermented Sodas Workshop in Raleigh

Piedmont Picnic Project is hosting a DIY Fermentation class 2-4 p.m. Feb. 20 at Ramble Supply Co.

Students will learn two techniques for fermenting their own sodas at home: using a kombucha scoby, which will be provided, and growing a ginger bug.

Cost: $40, includes a DIY kombucha starter kit and one cocktail made with fermented soda.

Info: piedmontpicnic.com/what-we-do/classes/

Save the date: Kerr Lake gardening symposium

The Kerr Lake Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a symposium, “Backyard Gardening: Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens” on March 19.

The event is 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Vance County Regional Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson.

The speakers include Extension Master Gardener state coordinator Lisa Sanderson on “Good Eats from a Small Spot: Growing Vegetables in Containers”; landscape designer and artist Preston Montague on “Slim and Trim: Plant Selections for Smaller Spaces”; and N.C. State University researcher Christine Bradish on “Small Fruits for Home Gardeners.”

The keynote speaker will be N.C. State University professor Will Hooker on “Permaculture: A Sustainable Living Methodology for the Home, Garden and Community.”

The syposium will be followed by an optional workshop from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on how to create your own personal minature garden.

For information or to register, call 252-438-8188 or email kerrlakemg@gmail.com.

Cost: $20 if you register before Feb. 15 or $25 after Feb. 15 for the morning session with lunch. The cost is $40 before Feb. 15 or $45 after Feb. 15 for the morning session, lunch and workshop. No refunds after March 1.