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Learn about critter-proof plants Saturday at Pike Nurseries.
Learn about critter-proof plants Saturday at Pike Nurseries. lmueller@charlotteobserver.com

Best bets

“Envirocaching”: July 11, 1 p.m., Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. Join the museum’s naturalists for exploration and a scavenger hunt. Use a GPS unit to track down and discover environmental treasures. Learn about the biodiversity and natural resources of the Piedmont. Admission: $8 adults and children, members free. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Details: www.charlottenaturemuseum.org or 704-372-6261.

“Critter Control: Solutions for Your Garden”: July 11, 9 a.m., Pike Nurseries, 12630 N. Community House Road. Pike experts will discuss ways to keep deer, rabbits and bugs, including mosquitoes, from overtaking your garden this summer. Learn about the best repellents and critter-proof plants to naturally deter unwanted animals and keep bugs at bay. Free. Details: www.pikenursery.com or 704-341-7453.

“Wild About Summer”: July 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. See a mini exhibit of Zimbabwean wildlife in this installment of the Wild About Summer program series. Participate in hands-on activities, crafts and an animal sculpture scavenger hunt. “Birding Walk”: July 14, 9-10 a.m. The series returns with an opportunity for visitors to stroll the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds, nesting patterns and bird counts. Bring binoculars if you have them. Admission: $12.95 adults; $11.95 ages 60 and older; $6.95 ages 2-12. Details: www.dsbg.org or 704-825-4490.

Hydroponics Workshop: July 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., McMillan Greenhouse, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road. Hydroponics is a way to expand your plant-growing skills. This workshop will cover the basics of hydroponic growing, the most common types of setups and what it takes to build a system for the home grower. Participants will assemble a simple system and design a system in small groups to share with the class. $75. Write to ecarras1@uncc.edu to register.

Send regional garden and nature calendar listings to: mecklenburgemg@gmail.com. Compiled by Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener volunteers.