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Gardening and outdoor events around Charlotte

“Wild About Summer Hummingbirds”: Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell will lead hummingbird research at this popular annual event. Join us to learn about these tiniest birds and assist with the process. You may even get to hold and release a hummingbird!
“Wild About Summer Hummingbirds”: Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell will lead hummingbird research at this popular annual event. Join us to learn about these tiniest birds and assist with the process. You may even get to hold and release a hummingbird! AFP/Getty Images

“Novice Naturalist Course”: Aug. 1, 10-11 a.m., Rose Hill Plantation Historic Site, 2677 Sardis Road, Union. S.C. Insects! Mammals! Birds! Amphibians! Wildlife is everywhere at Rose Hill. Want to learn how to find and identify wildlife? Explore the outdoors to see what animals we can find, use field guides to identify them and start a wildlife journal. Reservations required, Members free, non-members $4. rosehill@scprt.com, 864-427-5966

“Wild About Summer Hummingbirds”: Aug. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Wildlife biologist Susan Campbell will lead hummingbird research at this popular annual event. Join us to learn about these tiniest birds and assist with the process. You may even get to hold and release a hummingbird!

Horticulture Highlight Walk, 1-2 p.m. Join a professional horticulture staff member to walk the garden and learn about what’s in bloom and glean seasonally relevant gardening tips.

Both events members free, non-members $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, and $6.95 for children 2-12. The Garden is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/calendar 704-825-4490

“McDowell Nature Center Volunteer Corps”: Aug. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 15222 York Road. Learn about opportunities for volunteers including animal care, docent, greenhouse care and administrative services. Free. ages 16 and up. www.parkandrec.com 704-588-5224

“The Bluebird Project & Garden Ecology”: Aug. 4, 12-1 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont. Volunteers discuss the garden’s bluebird houses and residents and what the health of this population says about our ecology. Feel free to bring a bag lunch.

“Lake Wylie Evening Kayak Tour”: Aug. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Road. Paddle the edges of McDowell Nature Preserve and get a chance to see the sun set over Lake Wylie with one of our kayak guides. Learn the history of Lake Wylie and meet new people in a fun environment. Kayak is provided. Registration required, cost $15.00, ages 16 & up. www.parkandrec.com 704-588-5224

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

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