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Learn to create an inviting habitat for butterflies, Saturday at Pike Nurseries.
Learn to create an inviting habitat for butterflies, Saturday at Pike Nurseries.

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Celebrate World Oceans Day: June 20, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. In honor of World Oceans Day, dive into the ocean ecosystem. Learn about marine life, explore ways that the oceans cares for us and ways we can care for the ocean. Activities include crafts, puppet shows and storytelling. Admission: $8. Details: www.charlottenaturemuseum.org or 704-372-6261.

“Attracting Butterflies and Hummingbirds”: June 20 (adults), 9 a.m., and June 24 (children), 1 p.m., Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road. Adults learn to create an inviting habitat for wildlife and pollinators. Get planting tips and discover flowering plants that bring in feathered and fluttering friends. Free. Children and families learn in a special class for inquisitive young minds. Details: 704-341-7453.

Horticulture Highlight Walk: June 20, 1 p.m., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Guides will highlight what is in bloom, offer seasonally relevant gardening tips and details from behind the scenes. Each walk is a unique experience. Admission: $12.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 60+, $6.95 children. Details: www.dsbg.org or 704-825-4490.

Eco-Friendly Gardening: June 24, 2-4 p.m., Scaleybark Branch Library, 101 Scaleybark Road. Learn practical, basic techniques for worm composting with Mecklenburg County Extension master gardeners. Register at www.cmlibrary.org or RSVP to 704-416-6400.

“Garden Beauty on a Budget”: June 24, noon-1:30 p.m., Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Center, 1418 Armory Drive. Improve the look, feel and style of your garden without breaking the bank with these tips from Extension master gardeners. Create stylish, beautiful outdoor green spaces and select healthy flowers, shrubs and trees. Register for $5 at mecklenburg.ces.ncsu.edu/sustain/.

“Budding Botanists”: June 28, 1:30-3 p.m., UNC Charlotte Botanical Garden, McMillan Greenhouse (and outdoors), 9090 Craver Road. “Pollinators and Plants Unite” is an exploration where children ages 4-8 can get time with plants, animals and other wildlife. Register for $5 at gardens.uncc.edu; send questions to pmgross@uncc.edu.

Compiled by Mecklenburg County master gardeners, www.mastergardenersmecklenburg.org

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