The Complete Gardener Series
Through June 30

Series of gardening classes for novice and advanced gardeners. 1st and 3rd Tuesday evenings, 6pm-8:30pm OR 1st and 3rd Wednesday mornings, 9am-11:30am. $20/individuals or $30/couples. Pre-registration. Chatham County Extension office, Agriculture Building, 45 South Street, Pittsboro. 919-542-8202. (chatham.ces.ncsu.edu)

The Gardener’s Kitchen
Weekly through June 30, Saturday 1pm-5pm or Sunday 1pm-5pm

A variety of hands-on workshops, for any experience level, that guide you through the complete process of growing, cooking, preserving and enjoying your own organic vegetables year round. Each weekend workshop, which runs February through November, focuses on a different seasonal aspect of the yearly vegetable gardening cycle. Each course includes reference materials for your gardening library. $50/individuals. Pre-register at http://www.thegardenerskitchen-nc.com

Walk on the Wild Side
April 1, 11am

Explore wild North Carolina in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Join curator Stefan Bloodworth on the first Thursday of every month to see which plants are in bloom, learn strategies to design with native plants and discuss regional ecology and global environmental issues affecting native ecosystems, and your role in protecting the health of our home planet. Free/members, $5/non-members. Registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Nature Ranger Cart
April 2, 10am-12noon

Look for the colorful cart at the foot of the Terrace Gardens; it’s full of simple and fun activities for children. Play flower bingo or make pressed flower bookmarks, paper butterflies, pond life pictures and bark, insect or leaf rubbings. Or get some nutritious food for the Gardens’ ducks. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Western Wake Farmers Market Opening Day
April 3, 8am-12noon

Celebrate the market’s second season with opening day events including cooking demonstrations, tastings, shop for spring flowers, and pick up local foods for your Easter celebration. 1226 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. (www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org)

Open Day at the Joslin Garden
April 3, 9am-4pm

Join William and Mary Coker Joslin as they celebrate spring. The Joslins are inviting all to enjoy their delightful garden on over four acres in the heart of Raleigh. Visitors can explore the garden’s distinct areas by following informal paths that connect a collection of camellias, an arboretum of unusual trees, a native woodland, and a formal patio garden. Naturalistic groupings of special native, cultivated, and exotic plants include some rare specimens. Since the path traverses changes in topography and crosses a natural stream via several wooden bridges, please wear appropriate footwear and
exercise caution during your visit. The Joslins have made their garden a generous gift to NC State University. The property will serve as an extension of the JC Raulston Arboretum and a resource for University faculty, staff, students, and the community. Free. Joslin Garden, 2431 West Lake Drive, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. (www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/)

Arts in the Garden: Timmy & Susana Abell
April 3, 11am-12noon

Arts in the Garden presents award-winning performer Timmy Abell, whose storytelling includes a rich variety of adventures, tall tales and fairy tales, often punctuated with music. Join Timmy and his wife Susana for a fun-filled afternoon in the Gardens’ stunning surroundings. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. $10, tickets.duke.edu, 919-684-4444.

Art in the Garden at Finnabar Farm
April 3-4

New works by local artists illuminating the natural world. 6319 Dodsons Crossroads. Hillsborough. For times, directions and more information visit http://www.greenponygarden.com.

Vegetation of the Piedmont: The Ecology of Change
April 5 & 7, 3pm-5pm

The plant communities of the Piedmont are faithful indicators of their environment, the product of millions of years of geologic evolution and soil development, and of climate and human activities. With instructor Norman Christensen, of Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, we will explore the variation in Piedmont plant distribution and its connection to environment and history, as well as the likelihood for future change. Class includes 4-hour field trip on Friday, April 9. $60/members, $75/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Plantsmen’s Tour
April 6, 1pm-2pm

Mesmerizing Maples with Mark Weathington, assistant director and curator of collections, will focus on the over 150 different maples growing on the grounds, and the variation found within this group from small to large, evergreen to deciduous. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. (www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/calendar)

Season-Long Bloom
April 6, 2pm-4pm

Expand the palette of plants in your garden and enjoy color all season long. Instructor Lauri Lawson, of Chapel Hill’s Niche Gardens, will bring considerable plant and design skills to introduce you to a variety of plants and planting combinations that will enliven your garden. $15/members, $20/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Durham Garden Forum
April 6, 6:30pm-8pm

Forum meets monthly to learn from expert speakers and to troubleshoot. This month: sustainable vegetable gardening techniques with Paul McKenzie of the N.C. Cooperative Extension. Free/members, $10/non-members. Information: 919-237-3376 or durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.

Historic Gardens Color Walk
April 7, 2pm-4pm

There is an astounding range of plants displayed across our gardens: perennial plants, annual flowers and foliage and tropical plants, all in wonderful combinations. Join our expert staff members in a casual walk through a variety of garden spaces to learn more about what is currently in bloom and which plant combinations they especially love. Color Walks will focus on the Perennial Allée, Historic Terraces, Butterfly Garden and Memorial Garden. Tours continue in May and July. Free/members, $5/non-members. Registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Hypertufa Trough Planters
April 8, 1pm-4pm

Ingenuity and a desire to play in the mud are the only two requirements to create a long-lasting hypertufa planter of lightweight cement material. Instructors Beth Jimenez and Amelia Lane, of Wake Forest’s Lasting Impressions, will help you create a unique planter and embellish it with your favorite botanicals. All supplies included. $50/members, $60/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Fireant Control in the Home Landscape
April 8, 6:30pm-8pm

Stephanie Romelszyk, horticulture agent, will teach you how to control the pesky fireants around your home. Free. McSwin Extension Education and Agriculture Center, 2420 Tramway Rd., Sanford. 919-775-5624. (lee.ces.ncsu.edu)

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
April 8, 7:30pm

Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats by Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence, includes what you need to make your backyard wildlife friendly and how to certify your backyard with the National Wildlife Federation. 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)

Birdhouse Competition
April 8-11, times vary

Annual competition and show of birdhouses created by local artists. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. (www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/calendar)

Nature Ranger Cart
April 9, 10am-12noon

Look for the colorful cart at the foot of the Terrace Gardens; it’s full of simple and fun activities for children. Play flower bingo or make pressed flower bookmarks, paper butterflies, pond life pictures and bark, insect or leaf rubbings. Or get some nutritious food for the Gardens’ ducks. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Conifer Prune, Pinch, Cut or Shear?
April 9, 10:30am-11:30am

Each conifer type demands different care. Nothing is worse for your investment in a plant than murderous prun-ing practices. Learn from Mark Keifer, plantsman & business owner since 1984, how to correctly keep these plant investments in shape for years to come. $5. Participants receive $5 voucher towards purchase at the garden center. Pre-registration. Kiefer Landscaping & Garden Center, 2450 South Alston Ave., Durham. 919-596-7313 or info@kieferlandscapinginc.com. (www.kieferlandscapinginc.com)

Southern Ideal Home Show
April 9-11

Home improvement and gardening seminars plus exhibits in three buildings. NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. $9/adults, $8/seniors, free under 15 with adult, $5 after 5pm with Costco card Friday and Saturday. 800-849-0248. (www.southernidealhomeshow.com)

Bird Walk
April 10, 8am

Enjoy an early morning stroll in the Gardens with fellow bird enthusiasts and Cynthia Fox, of Chapel Hill’s Wild Bird Center. Cynthia will help you to spot, identify and learn more about the birds that call this region home, even temporarily.  Don’t miss this opportunity to experience that one remarkable bird sighting. Children are welcome if they are age 8 or older. Please bring binoculars. If the weather is iffy, please call Alice Le Duc at 730-2503 to check the status of the walk. Free, but registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Taste the Season
April 10, 8am-12noon

Whole Foods Market of Cary will share the tastes of the season with market ingredients. “No Worries,” a local eclectic string band with roots in American blues, rock, country and bluegrass classics, will play at the market. Western Wake Farmers Market. 1226 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. (www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org)

Improving Photo Quality
April 10 and 11, 8am-2pm

Stretch your skills and learn techniques that will improve the technical and artistic merit of your photographs. Instructor Richard Cicone will focus on understanding and manipulating the variables that go into making a quality photograph. $85/members, $120/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham.919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
April 10, 9am–3:30pm

Spend the day in the Garden’s new state-of-the-art horticultural therapy “Growing Classroom.” Participants will be introduced to the profession and practice of therapeutic horticulture and learn how to integrate horticultural therapy principles into traditional and nontraditional settings, for people of all ages and abilities. An optional tour of the display gardens and sustainable building will be offered after the workshop. $150/members, $170/non-members. North Carolina Botanical Garden. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Rita’s Open Garden and Plant Sale
April 10, 9am-4pm

Certified as a Native Plant Habitat and a Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Rita Mercer’s woodsy hillside garden in Apex is a prolific wonderland of shade-loving ornamental plants.  Tour the garden at its peak with flowering bulbs, plants, shrubs and trees; and browse the Plant Sale. Plant list online. Free. 103 Beechtree Ct., Apex. 919-244-9303. (www.ritasgarden.net)

Regular Maintenance Is Good For Roses – Learn How & Why
April 10, 10am

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

10 Ways Greening Your Landscaping Greens Your Wallet
April 10, 10:30am-11:30am

Can you receive a tax credit for planting trees? How much does shading your AC unit save you annually in utility bills? University research proves that pimping up your landscape pumps up your home’s resale value. Learn 10 landscape investments that grow green in your wallet. $5. Participants receive $5 voucher towards purchase at the garden center. Pre-registration. Kiefer Landscaping & Garden Center, 2450 South Alston Ave., Durham. 919-596-7313 or info@kieferlandscapinginc.com. (www.kieferlandscapinginc.com)

Go Wild with Native Plants
April 10, 11am

Tom Harville, President of the NC Native Plant Society shares how to enhance your landscape with easy-care native plants.  Free, registration requested. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. (www.NelsasGardenHut.com)

Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering
April 10, 10:45am-12noon

As a guest to Tea, you will experience the patterns and poetry of Chado, or the Japanese “way of tea,” while enjoying an enticing bowl of whisked tea and a seasonal treat. The practice of Tea is characterized by the phrase ichigo ichie, or “one moment – one meeting.” The small class group will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted by instructor Nancy Hamilton to the Durham-Toyama Sister Cities Pavilion in Duke Gardens for this intimate gathering. $20/members, $30/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Story Time
April 10, 11am

Enjoy nature stories with your children, and help them make a take-home creation. $2 per child. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Busy Gardener’s Maintenance Planner
April 10 and April 17, 4pm

Two-session workshop covers the “what and how’ of basic garden tasks including pruning and fertilizing. Participants will also learn to care for plants in their own gardens with a personal maintenance calendar. $60. Swiftbrook Gardens, Raleigh. (919) 828-2015 or dale@gardenerbynature.com.

Art in the Garden at Finnabar Farm
April 10-11

New works by local artists illuminating the natural world. 6319 Dodsons Crossroads. Hillsborough. For times, directions and more information visit http://www.greenponygarden.com.

Yoga at the Garden
April 11, 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. North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

African Violet Society of America (AVSA) 64th International Convention, Show and Sale
April 11-18, times vary

Experience the world of African violets with thousands of varieties. Seminars, a judged African violet show and commercial sales from African violet hybridizers from around the U.S. Registration details, hours and schedule at http://www.avsa.org. Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Road. Raleigh.

A Hanging Basket for Summer
April 13, 2pm-4pm

A hanging basket planted with beautiful and colorful flowers and foliage will enhance your porch or deck area throughout the summer. Alice Le Duc will help you create an innovative basket of plants for that special place around your home. Please indicate when you register whether your basket will be in a sunny or shady area. All supplies included and each student will complete a basket. $40/members, $55/non-members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
April 15, 7:30pm

Beyond Robust Records: Reaping the Rewards of an Accurate and Dynamic Database by Christopher Todd Glenn, programs and education coordinator at the JC Raulston Arboretum. 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)

Nature Ranger Cart
April 16, 10am-12noon

Look for the colorful cart at the foot of the Terrace Gardens; it’s full of simple and fun activities for children. Play flower bingo or make pressed flower bookmarks, paper butterflies, pond life pictures and bark, insect or leaf rubbings. Or get some nutritious food for the Gardens’ ducks. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Plant Sale at the State Fairgrounds
April 16-18, Friday-Saturday 8am-6pm, Sunday 12noon-4pm

Southern grown, tried and true…plants that will survive in your garden, whatever conditions you have. Azaleas-Gardeners of Wake Co., Camellias/Knock-Out roses-Wake 4-H club, Geraniums-Pilot Club of Raleigh, Perennials-Raleigh Garden Club, Herbs-Herb Society of Wake Co. Bring your children on Sunday afternoon and they can choose from the leftover plants and pot them up on site. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. (www.raleigh-garden-club.org)

Herbfest
April 16-25, hours vary

One of the largest herb and perennial festivals east of the Mississippi with a large quantity and diversity of herbs for sale.  The 10-day event includes classes, food and entertainment. Festival Park in Wake Forest. 800-937-3993. (www.herbfest.net)

Chef at the Market
April 17, 8am-12noon

Chef Scott Crawford of Herons will share samples of a seasonal dish and talk about cooking with local ingredients. Enjoy the sounds of Doug MacKenzie, a Piedmont Blues and American Fingerstyle Guitarist.    Western Wake Farmers Market. 1226 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. (www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org)

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale
April 17-18, Sat. 8am-4pm, Sun. 10am-3pm

Sale of rare plants, drought-tolerant woodies, perennials, and annuals. Proceeds benefit local non-profit organizations to promote horticulture. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3178.
(www.ncsu.edu/project/pialphaxi/index.htm)

Dig In
April 17, 9am-12:30pm
Advocates for Health in Action presents Dig In, Wake County’s first ever event all about community gardens. Learn how to start, maintain, manage and enjoy the wonderful benefits of building a sustainable garden in your neighborhood, workplace, school or church. Dig In is open to the public and will feature workshops, presentations from community garden experts, educational booths and a guide to working community gardens throughout Wake County. Booth sponsorship opportunities are available for members of the community interested in sharing information about community gardens, gardening and other related topics.  Free, pre-registration encouraged. Marbles Kids Museum, 201 East Hargett St., Raleigh. 919-834-4040. (www.advocatesforhealthinaction.org)

Planting Methods for Successful Rose Gardens
April 17, 10am

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

Spring Open House
April 17

Open house, sale, special guests. Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877. (www.atlanticavenuegarden.com)

Spring Open Garden – Art and Plant Sale
April 17, 10am-4pm

Eight local artists and plants galore; tour the garden of spring ephemerals and native trees and shrubs. Free. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr. Raleigh. 919-787-6228. (www.lastingimpressionsleaves.com)

Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour
April 17-18, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 11am-4

Themed Hand in Hand with Nature, the tour features eight woodland gardens in the Lakewood district of Chapel Hill. Adults $15/advance, $20/day of tour, $5/children ages 7-18. (www.chapelhilltour.net)

Plant Walk with Nelsa
April 24, 11am

Take an upclose look at plants to add to your garden now with horticulturist Nelsa Cox.  Planting tips and maintenance.  Free, registration requested. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590. (www.NelsasGardenHut.com)

Yoga at the Garden
April 18, 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. North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop: Dogwoods and Daffodils
Thursday, April 22; 1–4 pm

In this workshop we continue to celebrate spring using Chinese Brush Painting techniques to paint the dogwood tree in blossom and daffodil flowers and their graceful leaves. Materials list sent after registration. No previous experience required. $30/members, $35/non-members. North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Historic Gardens Color Walk
April 21, 2pm-4pm

There is an astounding range of plants displayed across our gardens: perennial plants, annual flowers and foliage and tropical plants, all in wonderful combinations. Join our expert staff members in a casual walk through a variety of garden spaces to learn more about what is currently in bloom and which plant combinations they especially love. Color walks will focus on the Perennial Allée, Historic Terraces, Butterfly Garden and Memorial Garden. Tours continue in May and July. Free/members, $5/non-members. Registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Nature Tales: Storytime at the Garden
April 22*, 10am-11am

During the warm months, you and your pre-school child/friend (age 3–5) are invited to share stories about nature and explorations in the Garden. We meet outside, if the weather is good, or in the Paul Green Cabin or Herb House for a reading circle. Afterward, we enjoy an outing and activity in the Garden. There will be a seasonal theme for each month. $5 per family (max. 3 children per adult). Children must be accompanied by an adult. *Continues until August 26. North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Nature Ranger Cart
April 23, 10am-12noon

Look for the colorful cart at the foot of the Terrace Gardens; it’s full of simple and fun activities for children. Play flower bingo or make pressed flower bookmarks, paper butterflies, pond life pictures and bark, insect or leaf rubbings. Or get some nutritious food for the Gardens’ ducks. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)

Capture April Showers for Your May Flowers
April 23, 10:30am-11:30am

Learn why we should all have a rain barrel to harvest the bounty from the clouds. Issues such as placement for water pressure, using with drip irrigation & mosquito control will be addressed. Make a decorative rain chain from recycled materials to take home to direct rain into your garden or rain barrel system. Materials provided. $5. Participants receive $5 voucher towards purchase at the garden center. Pre-registration. Kiefer Landscaping & Garden Center, 2450 South Alston Ave., Durham. 919-596-7313 or info@kieferlandscapinginc.com. (www.kieferlandscapinginc.com)

Gardening and Food Preservation
April 24, 8am-12noon

Cary’s own Ginger Zucchino of The Gardener’s Kitchen dishes on preparing your garden, gardening without pesticides and preserving all those seasonal market flavors. “CityFolk,” an acoustic folk duo, will share its contemporary folk, country and pop music. Western Wake Farmers Market. 1226 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. (www.westernwakefarmersmarket.org)

Spring Plant & Craft Festival
April 24, 9am-2pm

Let us help you prepare for spring gardening and gift-giving, whether it be a new shrub or tree, a plant for your apartment, bird houses or scented soaps. The Gardens and other vendors will sell an array of plants appropriate for this region, including many featured in Duke Gardens. Local artisans will sell garden-related gift items. And you can also get free horticultural advice from the staff and Durham County Master Gardeners. Free admission. Join Friends of the Gardens for an invitation to the preview sale April 23. Discount student memberships available.

Wildflower Hike at Swift Creek Bluffs
April 24, 9:30am

Are you ready to tiptoe through the tulips? Or perhaps hike though the wildflowers at Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve in Wake County? Join TLC and Tom Wentworth for a tour of this fragment of historical Piedmont forest known for its spring flower display. Details at http://www.triangleland.org/calendar/.

Keep Critters Out of Your Roses – Options for Varmint Free Gardens
April 24, 10am

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

Vigorous Veggies, Fantastic Flowers
April 24, 10:30am-11:30am

An investment in your soil will yield these results and more- a healthy living ecosystem in your yard or garden. Take the time now to understand and invest in prepping your soil for success. $5. Participants receive $5 voucher towards purchase at the garden center. Pre-registration. Kiefer Landscaping & Garden Center, 2450 South Alston Ave., Durham. 919-596-7313 or info@kieferlandscapinginc.com. (www.kieferlandscapinginc.com)

Triangle Conservation Garden Tour
April 24, 1pm-5pm

Tour of Raleigh gardens, hosted jointly by Triangle Land Conservancy and the Reid (Triangle) Chapter of the NC Native Plant Society, celebrates private gardens’ and residential properties’ contribution to the health and beauty of the Triangle.  Details and maps at http://www.triangleland.org/calendar/.

Worm Worlds: Intro to Vermicomposting
April 24, 2:30pm-4pm

Long thin slimy ones, short fat juicy ones! In honor of Earth Day, explore the wonderful world of worms and learn how these amazing creatures can recycle your food scraps into garden treasure. Make your own worm bin to take home. All supplies included, even the worms! $20/members (child+adult), $25/non-members (child+adult). North Carolina Botanical Garden. Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. (www.ncbg.unc.edu)

Nature Ranger Cart
April 30, 10am-12noon

Look for the colorful cart at the foot of the Terrace Gardens; it’s full of simple and fun activities for children. Play flower bingo or make pressed flower bookmarks, paper butterflies, pond life pictures and bark, insect or leaf rubbings. Or get some nutritious food for the Gardens’ ducks. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 426 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1708. (www.sarahpdukegardens.org)April

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