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Spring garden walks galore and more Triangle garden events

The N.C. Botanical Garden is hosting a free garden walk at 10 a.m March 19. It will include a visit to the Carnivorous Plant Collection, including these pitcher plants (shown at left.)
The N.C. Botanical Garden is hosting a free garden walk at 10 a.m March 19. It will include a visit to the Carnivorous Plant Collection, including these pitcher plants (shown at left.) Courtesy of the N.C. Botanical Garden

A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.

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Advanced Orchid Care

Are you interested in growing your own orchid, getting it to re-bloom and controlling pests and disease? Learn advanced orchid care from the experts. Registration fee is $5. 9 a.m. March 19. $5. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Sustainable Lawns with Alan Johnson, Professional Landscaper

An ecologically sensible lawn will save you time, water, fuel and money while still offering the landscape pleasures of green space. Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. Learn alternatives to a traditional lawn and sustainable horticultural practices. 9:30 a.m.-noon. March 19. $30 ($27 members). N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Seed Starters: Veggie Garden Basics

This class is perfect for the whole family. Learn the best practices for seeding, planning and planting for optimal yields. We’ll help you get started with a few seeds of your own to take home. Class is $10 per family. Pay at the time of class. 10 a.m. March 19. $10. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.

Spring in the Garden Walk

Join us for a guided tour and experience spring and the beauty of plants native to North Carolina. Discover a longleaf pine forest, a wet savanna, and a mountain bog in our different Habitat Gardens. Learn about native spring wildflowers for the home landscape, and finish up with a look at some of NC’s most unique plants in our Carnivorous Plant Collection: Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, native orchids. Meet in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Education Center. 10-11 a.m. March 19. Free admission. Registration required. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Little Sprouts Seed Surprise

For ages 3-5 with accompanying adult. Explore the plants, animals, and seasonal changes in the garden with hands-on activities, crafts, and stories. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings. 1-2:15 p.m. March 19. $10 ($8 for NCBG Members) per child-adult pair. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Spring Flora

Spring Flora with plant ecologist Milo Pyne. This 4-session course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of spring plants in a natural setting. No prerequisite. 1-4 p.m. March 19, April 9, April 23 and May 7. $130 or $117 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar

Y Guides and Y Princess Program

Register your tribe for a morning of fun, outdoor garden activities. Complete three of the second year requirements while your tribe is exploring the Arboretum. Each dad and child pair will go home with a container garden, a leaf and bark project and a craft project to attach birds to their home garden. And there will be JCRA patches for everyone who attends. 1 p.m. March 19. $15. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Signs of Spring on Nature Trail Hill

Signs of Spring on Nature Trail Hill with Carol Ann McCormick, curator of the UNC Herbarium. Look for spring ephemerals, Mourning Cloak butterflies, trees leafing out and other signs of spring on the Nature Trail Hill at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Families welcome, but please leave pets at home. Wear comfortable walking shoes for this easy stroll through our Piedmont forest. Meet in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Education Center. 1-3 p.m. March 20. $5 per family; Members Free. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Creating Compost

Discover how to reduce your ecological footprint by turning your food and yard waste into fertilizer! Join us as we learn the components to creating a successful compost pile at home. Preregistration is required. 2 p.m. March 20. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/

Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting

Noon-2 p.m. March 21. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

I Need a Plan: The Geometry of a Garden

Discover which patterns and proportion capture your eye and then how to use them in your garden. Course meets for 2 sessions. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu 6:30 p.m. March 22 and 29. $35-$45. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Dig It! Gardening for Kids

Work with hand tools, play with dirt and explore nature through games, free play and organic gardening in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Sign up for one or more sessions. A healthy snack is provided. No strollers or unregistered siblings, please. 4-5:30 p.m. March 23. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

The Scent of Spring

Take a walk with instructor Bobby Mottern to learn of plants that charm us with their springtime perfumes. Beautiful plants that provide color, delight, fragrance, and seasonality these are plants of distinction. Sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all five sections. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. 2:30 p.m. March 24. $5-$7. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Pine Clouds Mountain Stream Garden

Take a tour of a new garden in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum: Pine Clouds Mountain Stream. This amazing ruins style Japanese garden features two water courses and several waterfalls ranging from a delicate trickle to a rushing large fall that drops into a water basin. The garden invites visitor interaction with multiple paths, a covered sitting area and lush plantings surrounding the water features. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. 10 a.m. $5-$7. March 25. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

I Want THAT Yard: Landscape Basics

It’s easy to know what you want, it’s not as easy to know how to get it. Let us help you out by answering a few basic questions. We’ll discuss selecting the right plant for the right location, how to prepare the soil so a plant survives, basic water requirements, fertilizing and more. Class is free. 10 a.m. March 26. Free. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.

Renewal Pruning Class & Demonstration

Want to maximize the production of flowers and fruits from your shrubs? Renewal pruning is the way to do it. This simple technique works with the natural cycle of replacing old stems with new. This class will start with classroom explanations followed by actual demonstration of the technique on shrubs in the arboretum with some hands-on experience. 9-11:30 a.m. March 26. $25; $20 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Nature Adventures Spring Break Camp

Discover spring in the Gardens. Learn about food, art and animals in this week-long adventure. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28-April 1. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Bluebirds in the Nest Box

Wake County Extension Master Gardener Bill Satterwhite gives this presentation. 10 a.m.-noon. March 28 $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Composting Workshop

Muriel Williman, composter extraordinaire, demonstrates how to put your food scraps to good use by t demonstrating what to compost, what not to compost and why and how easy it is to start your own vermicomposting. The class is rain or shine, so dress for the weather. 3-4:30 p.m. March 30. Free. Carolina Campus Community Garden, 236 Wilson St, Chapel Hill.

Gardening in Durham for Beginners and Transplants

Understanding Durham’s soil and climate will help you succeed in your garden, whether you are a Durham native or a transplant, an experienced gardener or just beginning. This presentation is part of the Extension Gardener Series with Durham County Master Gardeners. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. 6:30 p.m. March 31. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

B.W. Wells’ Rock Cliff Farm Field Trip

F B.W. Wells was the first botanist at N.C. State University and is acknowledged as the Father of Plant Ecology. In 1932, he wrote for “The Natural Gardens of North Carolina” which described the state’s diversity of plant communities from the coast to the mountains as a collection of natural gardens. B.W. retired to an old farmstead, Rock Cliff Farm, on a dramatic bend of the Neuse River, now a part of Falls Lake State Park. In addition to hearing stories of Wells’ life and botanical contributions, Julie and Ken, who both knew B.W. Wells, will guide participants over some of the trails and enjoy observing Wells’ art studio and the old out buildings surrounding the historic farmhouse. Travel by 7 passenger van and participant car pool. Bring a sack lunch and beverage for picnicking on the grounds. Sturdy walking shoes and walking sticks are recommended. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2. $25; $23 members. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar

Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop:

This full-day workshop provides an overview of the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants learn how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well-being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2. $125; $100 members. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

NC State Fairground Flea Market

Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton, and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Free. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.

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