Growing Hellebores and Their Companions: Feb. 9, 10 a.m., Richard and Judith Knott Tyler (“Hellebores: A Comprehensive Guide”) will present new and unique hellebores and discuss planting techniques. The Tylers own and operate Pine Knott Farms, which has been featured in Southern Living and Martha Stewart’s magazine and TV program. $25; nonmembers $35. www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664, ext. 101.
Understanding the Food System: Farm to Table: Feb. 10, noon-1:30 p.m., N.C. Cooperative Extension Sustainable Living Series, 1418 Armory Drive. $5. www.go.ncsu.edu/sls, 704-336-2082.
Valentine’s Orchid Sale: Feb. 11-13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road. Stroll McMillan Greenhouse to enjoy the orchid collections, question the experts, then choose from a variety of blooming orchids well-suited to the home environment. Free admission; orchids $15-$40. www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721.
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Fifth Annual Gardeners’ Conference: Feb. 11, snow date Feb. 18, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Davidson County Extension Master Gardeners, Center United Methodist Church, 186 Center Church Road, Lexington, N.C. Felder Rushing shares his version of “Slow Gardening.” Brent Heath (Brent and Becky’s Bulbs) discusses “Bulbs as Complementary Plants for Four Seasons.” Concurrent sessions in between. $35. davidson.ces.ncsu.edu, 336-236-3131.
Creating a Wildflower Meadow: Feb. 11, 10 a.m. For 22 years, Trena McNabb, gardener, artist and N.C. Native Plant Society board member, transformed a sewer-line easement into a vibrant, healthy native wildflower meadow. She will show photos documenting her progress, mistakes and accomplishments. $25; nonmembers $35. www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664, ext. 101
The Truth About Growing Orchids at Home: Feb. 13, 2-3:30 p.m., UNCC Botanical Gardens, McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road. Botanical Gardens orchid specialist John Denti and assistant director Paula Gross discuss orchid biology basics and demystify growing them at home. Light, water, fertilizer and repotting will be covered. Class limited to 15, so register early. $20. www.gardens.uncc.edu, 704-687-0721.
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