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Day of Wine and Roses: Tour of rose gardens. Join master gardeners on a complimentary guided tour through the gardens including explanations of the surrounding flora. Tours 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 11. Free. www.raffaldini.com, info@raffaldini.com or 336-526-1078. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda.

Rain Gardens: Kelly Groves, agricultural extension agent for Catawba County, will discuss how to set up and best use a rain garden on your property. 7 p.m. April 23. Free. 828-466-5108. www.catawbacountync.gov. Conover Branch Library, 403 Conover Station S.E., Conover. 828-466-5108.

STEM Test Tube Terrariums: Learning program for school-aged children geared toward science, technology, engineering and math. 11 a.m. April 6. Free. 828-428-2712. Maiden Branch Library, 11 S. A Ave., Maiden. 828-428-2712. www.catawbacountync.gov.

Container Gardening: Kelly Groves, Catawba County agricultural extension agent, will discuss how to set up and use a container garden. 10 a.m. April 27. Free. 828-428-2712. Maiden Branch Library, 11 S. A Ave., Maiden. 828-428-2712. www.catawbacountync.gov.

The Garden Store: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will offer the best selection of top-quality plants in an expansion of its annual Spring Plant Sale on April 6-18. In addition to offering a selection of plants propagated by the staff at the garden all month, during weekends in April the garden will host the region’s premier plant specialty vendors. Visit these experts and purchase their plants 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday. Native and well-adapted annuals and perennials, tropical plants, landscape shrubs and trees, herbs, garden supplies, drought tolerant plants and more are offered. Admission to the sale is free with general garden admission. Members free, $12 adults, $11 seniors 60 and older, $6 children 4-12. For information, call 704-829-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.

Birding Walks: Led by volunteer Karen Gibson 9-10 a.m. April 9. Stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, observe nesting patterns and establish a basis for bird counts. Some previous walks have documented as many as 24 different species. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. www.DSBG.org or 704-829-1252.

Photographing Flowers: Led by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography. 9:30 a.m.- noon April 13. On a guided tour through the garden, find the locations that offer the best blooms, while learning how to photograph flowers effectively by capturing their true colors and adjusting the camera’s focal range. This class is $40 for garden members and $46 for nonmembers. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. www.DSBG.org or 704-829-1252.

Horticultural Highlight Walk: Led by garden staff. 1 p.m. April 20. Join professional horticulture staff as they take you on a custom tour of the garden. Guides will highlight what’s in bloom, seasonally relevant gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. These walks are free with garden admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. www.DSBG.org or 704-829-1252.

Spring Planting: Noon April 2. Horticulture Manager Peter Grimaldi will share some of the hot new plants and techniques to consider as part of your spring plans. Included in admission. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. 704-825-4490.

Lake Norman Garden Club 14th Annual Plant Sale: Features proven plants from members’ gardens, along with a wide variety of plants from Setzer’s Nursery. 8 a.m. April 20. Experienced gardeners will assist with garden questions. Proceeds support community projects, including upkeep of Uncle Billy’s Garden at Sherrills Ford Library and a scholarship to a local student majoring in a horticulture-related field. Rehobeth United Methodist Church, 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

You Can Dig it: Third annual Charlotte Community Garden Tour 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 4. Starts at Garinger High School. Other gardens are Newell Farmers Market garden, Reedy Creek Park and the teaching garden at CMC University Hospital. Free. Reservations and details: http://mcfvc.charmeck.org.

Green Thumb Perfection: Public invited to visit Cabarrus Extension Master Gardener Volunteers first Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m. N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave.-West, Concord, 28027, for monthly horticultural program, volunteer opportunities, plant/garden problem diagnosis and association meeting. For information, email djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us or call 704-920-3310.

Get Plugged In to University Research: Obtain Cabarrus Extension’s Calendar of educational opportunities of research-based information on horticulture, agriculture, community development, family resources, consumer sciences and 4-H youth programs weekly via email by request to bhlewis@cabarruscounty.us to “get plugged in.” Call for information on program opportunities at 704-920-3310 or visit http://cabarrus.ces.ncsu.edu.

Herb festival: Cabarrus County Master Gardener Volunteer Association presents the Eighth Annual Spring Herb Festival 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13. Free parking and admission. Piedmont Farmers Market, 518 Winecoff School Road, Concord. More than 60 vendors/artisan/growers offering herbs, flowers, plants, pottery, copper works, woodworking, local honey and more. 704-706-8062. www.piedmont-farmersmarket.com.

Spring Plant Sale: A botanical extravaganza of wildflowers, trees and shrubs, perennials, carnivorous plants, orchids, tropicals and indoor plants, at our largest sale of the year. Staff and volunteers will answer questions and help in plant selection. Proceeds support the greenhouse and gardens operations. Cash and checks. Parking attendants to direct free parking. 9 a.m. April 19-20. UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. 704-687-0720. gardens.uncc.edu.

Soil Analysis: Free Soil Sampling kits/instructions for lawn, garden, field and landscaping areas available from N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave.-West, Concord, 28027. For information call David Goforth, extension agent, at 704-920-3310 or djgoforth@cabarruscounty.us.

Garden Helpers: 10 a.m. May 4. Dust off your rakes and shovels and come out to North Cabarrus Park and help park staff spruce up their spring gardens. $2. Advance registration required by May 2 at www.cabarruscounty.us/reservepartner. North Cabarrus Park, 760 Orphanage Road, Concord.

Havens for Wildlife: Havens for Wildlife Creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat (elective/open to the public). Urbanization brings homogenized landscapes and a drastic loss in native biodiversity of plants and animals. Habitat gardening is a positive move against this trend. It involves landscaping from an ecological mindset. With a focus on Southeastern native plants, we will look at plant structure, selection and the maintenance needed for this type of gardening. This course will provide guidance on how to make your property a certified wildlife habitat. 6:30-9 p.m. April 5, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 6, and 2-5 p.m. April 7. $81. Class limit: 16 participants. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte. 980-253-3136.

Wildlife and Native Plants: 4-5 p.m. May 24. Ever wonder what plants attract which animals? Join us for a discussion on the importance of native plants and the animals they attract. Program will be followed by a tour of the gardens. Must call 704-432-6460 to register, Course No. 42803. Ages 15 and older. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte.

Garden Party: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity Women Build is hosting its first Garden Party 5-7 p.m. May 4. The event will take place at the SEEDS Community Garden, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Hors d’oeuvres, wine, a cheese tasting and desserts will be served. The Garden Party will also host garden tours, have live music and a raffle drawing. Tickets are $20 per person. The price of tickets includes two glasses of wine or beer and food. For information or to purchase tickets, visit http://ourtownshabitat.org.

Interior Design Workshop: Learn how to design your home or office by applying the principles and elements of design to your needs and wants. We will explore balance, unity, repetition, line, shape, scale, texture and color. Students will discuss color trends and create a scaled floor plan of their space. Ages 16 to adult, 9 a.m.-noon April and 27. $150 includes both workshop days. The Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. Unit 1, Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.corneliuspr.org.

Garden Club: 1-3 p.m. April 17. Everyone interested in flower or vegetable gardening, houseplants, container gardening or just enjoys flowers is welcome. Meets monthly. There will be guest speakers, problem-solving discussions, programs and demonstrations. South Iredell Senior Center, 202 N. Church St., Mooresville. 704-662-3337.

Evening Farmers Market: Opening night is 4 p.m. April 4. Free. 704-873-3361. Pecan Park, East Water Street and North Center Street, Statesville. 704-873-3361. http://theeveningfarmersmarket.com.

Iredell Garden Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20, Iredell Cooperative Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free admission. Gardening vendors and these speakers: 10:30, Achieving Curb Appeal, Jan Enright – Jan Enright’s Creations; 12:30, Raised Beds & Square Foot Gardening, Melvin York – Daddy Pete’s Plant Pleaser; 1:30, Lawn Care, Terrell Sharpe – Sharpe’s Lawn Equipment and Service; 2:30, 5 Simple Things that every Rose Needs, David Pike - Witherspoon Rose Culture. Details: Lee Hollifield, 704-252-0368.

Lake Norman Garden Club 14th Annual Plant Sale: Features proven plants from members’ gardens, along with a wide variety of plants from Setzer’s Nursery. 8 a.m. April 20. Experienced gardeners will assist with garden questions. Proceeds support community projects, including upkeep of Uncle Billy’s Garden at Sherrills Ford Library and a scholarship to a local student majoring in a horticulture-related field. Rehobeth United Methodist Church, 9297 Sherrills Ford Road, Terrell. 828-478-2518.

Farmers Market “Ask a Master Gardener” Days: 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 6. Learn about building healthy soil including how-to’s on home composting and soil amendment; free soil test kits available on request. Extension Master Gardeners offer expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics: landscape design, organic gardening, lawn care, vegetable gardening, composting, native plants, plant selection, garden pest, and disease control. You can find EMGs at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC 28266. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.

Garden tour: Noon-4 p.m. April 27-28, the Friends of Fourth Ward will host the first Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward tour. Homeowners on the tour will open private gardens to the public. Horse-drawn carriages will transport tour-goers to the 7th Street Public Market to visit its Green Market Grand Opening, complete with master gardening classes, tour-specific product offerings and other fun activities. Tour-goers may also choose to “test-drive” and/or take guided tours via Charlotte’s B-Cycles for free. Tickets are $20 and will be available at www.fofw.org, as well as at Alexander Michael’s, Park Road Books and 7th Street Public Market. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Friends of Fourth Ward neighborhood association.

Spring Plant Sale: 10 a.m. April 17-20. Visit the nursery for our plant sale. Choose from tried and true perennials, rare and unusual plants, or take home a piece of Wing Haven with a special plant that was propagated onsite. Volunteers and staff will be available to educate and assist with purchases. Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte.

Monroe Garden Club: 9:30 a.m.-noon April 16. The Monroe Garden club meets the third Tuesday of each month from September through May at the Monroe library, Griffin Room, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. Guest speakers, horticulture, design exhibits, light refreshments. Guests welcome. Call 704-776-4468 to confirm location. Monroe Garden Club, 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe.

Soil and Composting: Learn about building healthy soil including how-tos on home composting and soil amendment; free soil test kits available on request. Extension Master Gardeners offer expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics landscape design, organic gardening, lawn care, vegetable gardening, composting, native plants, plant selection, garden pest, and disease control. You can find EMGs at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. 7:30 a.m. April 6. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.com.

Garden Walks with Andrea: Please register in advance. Part of Wing Haven’s 2013 Winter Lecture Series. 11 a.m. April 6. Free with $6 garden admission. The Elizabeth Lawrence House and Garden at Wing Haven, 348 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 704-331-0664. www.winghavengardens.com.

Lunch & Learn From Garden Glory to Indoor Artistry: Bring questions and lunch for a 30-minute educational presentation and 30-minute Q&A session. 12:15 p.m. April 10. Free. Register online or call. N.C. Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.

Dirty Hands Gardening: Children will learn the techniques and benefits of eating healthy, growing a vegetable garden and other environmental elements to gardening. Wear comfortable clothing that will get dirty. Registration required. Ages 5-10 years. 6 p.m. April 11; 6 p.m. April 18; 6 p.m. April 25; 6 p.m. May 2; 6 p.m. May 9; 6 p.m. May 16; 6 p.m. May 23; 6 p.m. May 30. $3 per class. 704-432-4580. www.parkandrec.com. Ivory Baker Recreation Center, 1920 Stroud Park Court, Charlotte.

Small Gardens Containers for Edibles and Ornamentals: Learn about growing food, flowers and even small shrubs and trees in containers providing flexibility over traditional gardening allowing you plants practically year-round. 7:30 a.m. April 13. You can find Extension Master Gardeners at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.com.

Annual Plant Sale: The Garden Club of Weddington will hold their Annual Plant Sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 13. Proceeds will go to community projects and scholarships. The plant sale is held at Siler Presbyterian Church, 6301 Weddington Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel. Garden Club of Weddington, 6301 Monroe-Weddington Road, Matthews. 704-843-1086. www.gardenclubofweddington.com.

Farmers Market “Ask a Master Gardener” Days Care and Culture of Roses: Learn the secrets to keeping roses healthy and beautiful for years to come with expert rosarian Elizabeth Geppert. Extension Master Gardeners offer expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics including landscape design, organic gardening, lawn care, vegetable gardening, composting, native plants, plant selection, garden pests and disease control. You can find EMGs at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. 7:30 a.m. April 20. Free. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.com.

Piedmont Daylily Club: Piedmont Daylily Club meets 9 a.m. Saturdays. April 20, May 18, Sept. 21, Oct. 19 and Nov. 16. 704-960-4778. piedmontdaylilyclub.com. Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road, Charlotte. 704-366-5114.

Lunch & Learn Backyard Bugs: Bring questions and lunch for a 30-minute educational presentation and 30-minute Q&A session. Register online or call. 12:15 p.m. April 24. N.C. Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. 704-336-4011.

Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary 25th Annual Festival of Tables: One-night event featuring designed tables, heavy hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. 6 p.m. April 26. $50. 704-716-2769. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org. Myers Park Country Club, 2415 Roswell Ave., Charlotte.

Spring Plant Sale: 7:30 a.m. May 4. Each year Extension Master Gardeners propagate plants from their own gardens for sale to the public. Proceeds from these sales support horticultural scholarships at local colleges and help fund community education programs. Find EMGs at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte.

Lunch & Learn Doing It with Dirt: Master Composter and Extension Master Gardener Mary Stauble teaches the basics of soil stewardship, including effective, environmentally-friendly approaches to amending and building soil. 12: 15 p.m. May 8. Bring your questions and your lunch for a 30-minute educational presentation and 30-minute Q&A session. Register online or call. N.C. Cooperative Extension, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. 704-336-4011. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.

Plant Sale: 7: 30 a.m. May 11. Matthews Community Farmers Market, North Trade Street, Matthews. 704-821-6430. www.matthewsfarmersmarket.com.

Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Seminar: Latest trends, budgeting, colors, and choosing the right remodeler. Refreshments will be served. 10 a.m. May 11; 10 a.m. June 15; 10 a.m. July 13; 10 a.m. Aug. 10. Free admission. 704-759-3920. charlotte.caseremodeling.com. Ferguson Kitchen, Bath and Lighting Gallery, 2000 South Boulevard, Charlotte.

Festival: Master Gardeners GROW GREEN at Charlotte Clean and Green 2013. 10 a.m. May 18. Information on going green in your garden and answers to all your gardening questions. charlottecleanandgreen.com or 704-336-4011. Elizabeth Park at Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 101 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte.

Native Plants in Your Landscape: Learn about using native perennials, trees, and shrubs to create an eco-friendly, functional, and attractive landscape; plant lists available on request. Find Extension Master Gardeners at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market in the Greenery Shed in the first stall on the left as you enter through the front entrance. 7 p.m. May 25. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte.

Got Bugs, Get Answers: Come meet Scott Ewers, Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Agent and get answers to questions about insect and disease problems. 7:30 a.m. June 1. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte.

Lawn Care 101: Learn cost-effective, earth-friendly techniques for planting a new or renovating an old lawn and keeping it healthy and beautiful. Extension Master Gardeners offer expertise on a wide variety of horticultural topics landscape design, organic gardening, lawn care, vegetable gardening, composting, native plants, plant selection, garden pest, and disease control. 7 p.m. June 15. Charlotte Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.com.

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