Pike Nurseries will host its free “Fall Grilling Container Garden” class at 10 a.m. Saturday at 12630 N. Community House Road. Attendees will learn to make personal grill-side container gardens with their favorite plants and herbs, as well as how home-grown edibles can improve the traditional grilling experience. The class is free; materials to create a take-home container may be purchased.
Nectar Floral Design will host this class on Kokedama, or Japanese moss balls, 6:30-8 p.m., 940 N. Davidson St. Reservations and payment must be made within 48 hours of class. Cost is $75 and includes all supplies; no design experience is required. Those who book in advance will receive confirmation 48 hours before the class. Details and to register: www.nectarfloraldesigns.com; 704-905-9808.
Master Gardeners of Mecklenburg County will help celebrate the grand opening of Romare Bearden Park Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 300 S. Church St.
The organization will be under the tents all weekend and “Ask a Master Gardener” will run 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Aug. 31. Details: www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org.
For other events happening during the park’s grand-opening weekend: bit.ly/13RKYMy.
Free soil sampling
Free soil sampling kits and instructions for lawn, garden, field and landscaping areas are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays at N.C. Cooperative Extension-Cabarrus County Center, 715 Cabarrus Ave. West, Concord. Interested persons are responsible for mailing the kits to NCDA Agronomic Division in Raleigh, and results are usually available within three weeks.
Extension agent David Goforth can help interpret results: 704-920-3320.
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