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Home and garden events around Charlotte

Wednesday

“Doing it with Dirt”

The Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg County will host this lunch and learn 12:15-1:15 p.m. May 8 at 1418 Armory Drive. Each session features a 30-minute presentation followed by a half hour Q and A session. Master composter and extension master gardener Mary Stauble will teach the basics of soil stewardship, as well as effective, environmentally-friendly approaches to amending and building soil. Details: www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org; 704-336-4011.

May 9

Backyard wildlife

Landscape design expert Jan Enright will present the free nature program “Create a Wildlife Habitat in Your Yard” 6 p.m. May 9, Mooresville Public Library, 304 S. Main St., Mooresville. The program is sponsored by Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. No reservations required, details: www.lakenormanwildlife.org; 704-877-4788.

May 11-12

2013 Gardener’s Garden Tour

This year’s tour will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 11 and 1-5 p.m. May 12. 248 Ridgewood Ave.. Attendees can see gardens in any order, when buy tickets get directions, seven plus two Wing Haven gardens. Advance tickets are $30 at Wing Haven and Blackhawk Hardware and will be $35 during the tour. Details: www.winghavengardens.com; 704-331-0664.

“Backyards and Beauty Spots”

The fifth annual garden tour in historic downtown York, S.C. will run 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with a buffet lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd’s parish hall, 108 E. Liberty St., York. There will also be a plant sale, with art available from local artists. Tour tickets include lunch and are $25; lunch-only tickets are $12. Checks payable to Good Shepherd ECW may be mailed to Good Shepherd, P.O. Bow 437, York, S.C. 29745. Tickets will be available at the church the day of the tour.

Details and reservations: Jeanne Ferguson, 803-684-6020; Diane Linkous, 803-684-4889.

May 15

Landscaping outdoor living spaces

This horticultural lunch and learn will be noon to 1 p.m., Gaston County Citizen’s Resource Center, 1303 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Dallas.

Cost is $10 and includes lunch. RSVP by May 10 and please specify any special dietary needs. Details and to register: 704-922-2112.

Hilary Trenda

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