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Garden & Nature Events in Charlotte: March 19 and beyond

Get Ready-Preparation for Spring Planting: March 19, 10 a.m. New Hope Greenhouses, 2703 Beaty Road, Gastonia. Learn bed preparation, use of soil conditioner, mulches, maintenance and more. Free. RSVP: 704-824-1799, www.newhopegreenhouse.com

Budding Botanists-Leaf Power: March 20, 1:30-3 p.m. UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd. Leaves are busy using the sun’s energy to create carbohydrates, fuel for themselves, and the animals that eat them. A closer look at leaves will reveal their secret powers. Ages 4–7, Cost: $5. Register: www.gardens.uncc.edu

Foodscaping-Planting Vegetables with Traditional Ornamental Gardens: March 21, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Garden Club at the Mint Museum, 2730 Randolph Rd. Brie Arthur, propagator and horticulturist, a PBS-TV garden show speaker on “Growing a Greener World”, teaches how to incorporate vegetables into flower gardens. Free.

How to Plant a Tree: March 22, 10 a.m.-noon, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens at McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road. Jeff Gillman teaches how to treat roots prior to planting, dig a planting hole, proper watering, mulching, pruning and fertilizing trees. The basics of planting shrubs, annuals, and perennials will be discussed. Cost: $20 Class seating is limited, info at www.gardens.uncc.edu or contact ecarras1@uncc.edu

Nature

Pollinate Your Property-A Community Challenge: March 19, 1 p.m. HoneyBee Real Estate, CROWN, the Charlotte Chapter of the N.C.W.F. & The Butterfly Hwy. at Birdsong Brewing Company, 1016 N. Davidson St. Learn to support pollinators by planting native plants and using sustainable gardening practices. No garden is too small to make an impact! Free. Info: Buzz@HoneyBeeRealEstate.com, 704-491-7944

Amphibian Hunt: March 26 & 27, 12:30 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Rd. Join naturalists for a spring scavenger hunt for amphibians. Explore the grounds to find some slimy friends and observe them in their habitat. Admission $8. www.charlottenaturemseum.org, 704-372-6261 x-300

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

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