You should go to these…  Here are some spring garden events you might enjoy.  I never know when these types of events occur, until after, it seems.  So mark your calendar now. Maybe I will see you at one!

Here are some garden events around the Triangle for March:

Spring Pruning
March 18, 1pm-4pm

Some plants simply must be rehabilitated occasionally through skillful pruning. Instructor Jonathan Smith, of Bright Leaf Landscaping, will demonstrate several pruning techniques to help you manage plants in your home garden.  $20/members, $25/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
March 18, 7:30pm

Big, Bold, and Bodacious-Creating a Lush Tropical Feel in a Temperate Garden, by Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery at Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. Free/members & NC State students and Horticultural Science faculty and staff. $5/non-members-others. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. (www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/calendar)

Camellia Forest Nursery Spring Open House

March 19-21, 9-5pm F, S, and 1-5pm Sun.

Visit the blooming camellia. 620 HWY 54 West, Chapel Hill, NC

Nature for Sprouts: Birds, Birds, Birds
March 19, 10:30am-11:30am

Find out what makes a bird a bird. Go on a bird-watching walk and discover how birds behave. Make a bird feeder for your garden. For children aged 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6 per child. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Birding with the Beardens – Neuse River Forest
March 20, 9am

Greet spring with a birding excursion along the Neuse River in Johnston County. Grab your binoculars and join birders Karen and Joe Bearden as they explore a portion of the Neuse-Clayton Forest natural heritage area placed under a conservation easement last year by the Triangle Land Conservancy. Look for returning spring migrants and possibly a few lingering winter species.  Details at http://www.triangleland.org/calendar/.

Expert Answers to Your Rose Growing Questions – Open Q&A.
March 20, 10am

Class at Witherspoon Rose Culture. Free. Durham. 800-643-0315.
(www.witherspoonrose.com)

Carol Stein’s Gardeners Forum “Vegetable Gardening”
March 20, 11am

Learn the steps to grow your own vegetables and make good on your resolution to eat homegrown and healthier this year.  Free, registration requested.
The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. (www.NelsasGardenHut.com)

Signs of Spring Family Hike
March 20, 1pm-2pm

Celebrate Spring Equinox exploring the gardens and trails for signs that the natural world is waking from its winter slumber. We’ll learn some spring facts and folklore, then search for singing frogs, salamander eggs, budding trees, wildflowers, and more. $10/members-family, $15/non-members-family. North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Blooming Shade
March 20, 1:30pm-4pm

You don’t have to sacrifice color for plants that thrive and bloom in shade. Special considerations for planting around and under trees will also be discussed. $30. Swiftbrook Gardens, Raleigh. (919) 828-2015 or dale@gardenerbynature.com.

Healthy Gardening: Taking Good Care of Your Body
March 20, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Learn how to be good to your body while you garden! This free workshop focuses on key concepts of body mechanics with multiple gardening examples, proper use of tools and ergonomic features/options, and common gardening injuries and how to avoid them. Jean Genova has a doctorate in physical therapy and is nationally certified as both an orthopaedic specialist and athletic trainer. Free. Call to register. 919-962-0522.

Attracting Bees and Butterflies to Your Garden
March 21, 2pm-4pm

Curious about how to attract more bees and butterflies to your garden? Come learn what makes bees, butterflies and other insects beneficial pollinators in our landscape and what specific plants provide nourishment and protection during each stage of their life cycle. Durham County Master Gardeners Gene Carlone and Faye McNaull will also include tips and perspectives on the proper use of herbicides and insecticides in the gardens and lawns that we share with these valuable creatures. Free, registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Yoga at the Garden
March 21, Sunday 3:30–4:45 pm

Enjoy the benefits of a mindful yoga practice—emphasizing restoration & relaxation— in the Growing Classroom of the Education Center. Perfect for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. Bring your yoga mat if you have one; a limited number of mats will be available. Per-session fee: $5/members, $10/non-members. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Birdhouses on Parade
March 21- April 11

The Carolina Inn celebrates the spring with a display of over 80 unique, one-of-a-kind birdhouses crafted by North Carolina artists and a series of spring-themed events including afternoon teas, luncheons, and historic tours. The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill. 919-918-2711. (www.carolinainn.com)

Meeting the Challenges of Climate & Weather in Changing Times
March 27, 10am

Class at Witherspoon Rose Culture. Free. Durham. 800-643-0315.
(www.witherspoonrose.com)

Color in the Garden
March 25, 7pm-9pm

All of us perceive colors a little bit differently from others. That makes color both interesting and useful in the garden. Jan Little, the Gardens’ director of education and public programs, will outline some basic strategies to use color as reinforcement for other garden goals. Then she will show some applications that will help you make the best use of color given your particular site situation. $10/members, $15/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Nature for Sprouts: Tree Home
March 26, 10:30am-11:30am

Who lives in a tree? Discover what creatures make a home in a tree. Look closely at trees to see who lives there, find out the parts of a tree, and make a bark-rubbing. Make an owl puppet and a tree home in a bag. For children aged 3 to 5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $6 per child. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Japanese Tea Gathering
March 27, 1pm-4pm

Enjoy a traditional Japanese tea gathering and tea tasting to celebrate the early bloom of Japanese cherries. The event will take place rain or shine. But if the weather is nice, there’ll be an additional guided stroll through the serene Culberson Asiatic Arboretum and the new Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Pavilion on the hillside above the Teien-oike Lake. You’ll also see a display of Ikebana and Bonsai exhibits in the Doris Duke Center, where the event begins. $15/members, $20/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Inviting Native Plants
March 27, 1:30pm-4pm

Identifying and encouraging native plants in your garden or natural areas benefits wildlife and your garden. Learn to identify some Piedmont native plants and learn how to recognize and control invasive exotic plants. $30. Swiftbrook Gardens, Raleigh. (919) 828-2015 or dale@gardenerbynature.com.

NC Native Plant Society: Signs of Spring
March 28, 2pm

Join Carol Ann McCormick, Asst. Curator of the University of North Carolina Herbarium, for a walk at TLC’s Horton Grove Preserve in northern Durham County. Slated to become the newest TLC preserve, this outing, organized and hosted by the NC Native Plant Society, is a great opportunity to see the land before it is made accessible to the general public. The walk will be off trail, along streams and on moderately steep slopes, so wear sturdy shoes. Details at http://www.triangleland.org/calendar/.

Natural Egg-Dyeing
March 28, 2:00pm-3:30pm

Learn how to dye Easter eggs naturally! It’s fun and easy to use fruits, spices, and more to create beautiful colors. Please bring hard-boiled eggs (up to a dozen) and wear clothes you don’t mind getting colorful. $20/members (child+adult), $25/non-members (child+adult). North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Remember, field trips are always fun and insprirational.

Happy Gardening!

melissa

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