Paula’s Perennials: A Southeastern Plantwoman’s Favorites: Feb 4, 10-11:30 a.m., Wing Haven, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. What would you give to have a touch of the serenity of an Asian Garden in your backyard? Paula Gross, Assistant Director of UNCC’s Botanical Gardens and co-author of Bizarre Botanicals, will share her best-bet picks for the challenges and joys of a southeastern garden. $25 (non-members $35), Registration deadline: Feb 3, 5 p.m., www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners Conference: Feb. 11, (snow date, Feb 18), 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Center United Methodist Church, 186 Center Church Rd, Lexington. Davidson EMG will hold their fifth annual gardeners’ conference open to all gardeners from beginners to advanced. Registration forms available at Ext. office, 301 E. Center St., Lexington or online. Registrants choose two concurrent sessions from five choices. After lunch, Brent Heath, of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, speaks on “Bulbs as Complementary Plants for Four Seasons.” $35, registration includes snack and lunch. Enrollment limited, davidson.ces.ncsu.edu, 336-236-3131
The Davidson Horticultural Symposium: Mar. 1, 7:45 a.m.-5 p.m. The Davidson Garden Club presents the Davidson Horticultural Symposium at Davidson College Knobloch Campus Center. This year’s symposium teaches us to make the most of every bit of garden space. Renowned speakers: Fergus Garritt, head gardener of Christopher Lloyd’s Great Dixter; John Carloftis, gardener to celebrities and author; Susan Morrison, California landscape designer; Mary Palmer Dargan, landscape architect and creator of a certification program in Landscape Garden Design at Clemson; and Rita Randolph, horticulturist, photographer and author. Cost: $89, reserve early, this sells out. Deadline Feb. 22. Registration: davidsonsymposium.org
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Fitness Hike: Jan 31, 3-4 p.m., McDowell Nature Preserve, 15222 York Rd. Those new to hiking or skilled participants, expect to hike on rough terrain for an extended time period at a moderate pace. Dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, bring bottled water. Ages: 8 and up. Registration required. Free. parkandrec.com, Class #36273, 704-588-5224
Exploring Unsung Carolina’s Natural Areas: Feb 2, 10 a.m.,Wing Haven, Willow Oak Rm, 248 Ridgewood Ave, Charlotte. It is not a secret, the botanical treasures of the Carolinas have long lured visitors including the Bartrams, Andre Michaux, and Asa Gray. Follow some of our region's less-traveled roads and discover hidden gems. Will Stuart, an avid wildflower, songbird and butterfly photographer, will share images of his favorite moments exploring "unsung" natural areas of the Carolinas. $25 (non-members $35), www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664 x-101
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