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The Piedmont Culinary Guild will present seed-planting at this weekend’s Earthfest.
The Piedmont Culinary Guild will present seed-planting at this weekend’s Earthfest. JEFF SINERJEFF SINER - jsiner@ch

Best bets:

EarthFest: April 18-19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with family crafts, samples of local beer and wine, lawn games and a children’s spring nature hike. The Piedmont Culinary Guild will present a seed-planting activity with Microfarm Organic Gardens. A cooking demonstration is planned, with samples from Chef Michael Rayfield (Saturday) and Chef Megan Lambert (Sunday). The first 100 families to visit each day will receive a tree sapling. Admission: adults $12.50. Details: www.dsbg.org or 704-825-4490.

Earth Day Celebration: April 18, Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The 20th anniversary festivities include border collie demonstrations, cane pole fishing, canoeing and kayaking, face painting, geocaching, wagon rides, lead-line horse rides and vendor exhibits. Performances by folk musicians and storytellers. Free. Details: www.ascgreenway.org or 803-547-4575.

“Art in the Garden”: April 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and April 19, 1-4 p.m. Tour seven Charlotte gardens as paint. Advance tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $25 day of the event. www.mintmuseum.org

Bring your spring gardening questions: April 18, 8:30-11:30 a.m., Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners will be in the Greenery Shed to answer your questions. www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org or 704-336-4011.

“The Family Food Garden: More Fresh Food from the Home Landscape”: April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., or April 22, 10 a.m.-noon, Renfrow Hardware, 188 N. Trade St., Matthews. Join Jeff Rieves, horticulturist and former N.C. Cooperative Extension agent. Children ages 16 and younger attend free with adult. Register for $20 at Renfrow Hardware or online at www.renfrowhardware.com/classes.

“City Owls”: April 22, 10 a.m. The Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 E. Seventh St. Dottie Metzler discusses the barred owl. www.charlottecoucilofgardenclubs.org

Nature Walk: April 25, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Catawba Wildflower Glen. Guided tour to see spring wildflowers at one of the Catawba Land Conservancy’s richest properties. The 13-acre wildflower glen offers a variety of plant life unique to our region. Register at catawbalands.org. Directions to the preserve and parking information will be emailed to registrants.

Compiled by Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers, www.mastergardeners