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Plant & Treasures Sale: April 9, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 E. Seventh St. Locally grown plants and additional treasures. Parking/sale in rear of house. charlottecouncilofgardenclubs.org .

Wing Haven Spring Plant Sale: April 9, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 248 Ridgewell Ave. A plethora of tried and true plants for our region as well as legacy plants from the Elizabeth Lawrence Garden, unique containers, iron art, ceramic birdhouses and original paintings. winghavengardens.org; 704-331-0664, ext. 101.

Gardening Success Begins with Good Soil – Building Healthy Soil in Your Landscape: April 10, 1-4 p.m. N.C. Extension Master Gardeners at UNCC Botanical Gardens’ McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road. Margaret Genkins teaches soil preparation and maintenance tips for growing and “how-tos” on free soil testing. Then stroll the lovely gardens. Master gardeners on hand to answer gardening questions and landscape advice. mecklenburgmg@gmail.com, 704-336-4011.

Landscape Irrigation and Water Usage: April 13, noon-1:30 p.m. N.C. State University at Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension Service, 1418 Armory Drive. Learn to properly irrigate your landscape even during drought. Participants will learn the basics of how to install an irrigation system based on your need and construction experience. Steven Capobianco, extension agent. $5, register by 5 p.m. April 12. www.go.ncsu.edu/sls, 704-336-2082.

North Mecklenburg High Spring Plant Sale: April 16, 8 a.m.-noon. 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Huge selection of annuals, bedding plants, perennials, vegetables, herbs, baskets, mixed pots and decorative pots. Complete plant list at: http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/northmecklenburgHS/Pages; 980-343-3840.

Ask an EMG: April 16, 8 a.m.-noon. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market Greenery Shed, 1801 Yorktown Road. Bring your gardening questions; master gardeners have answers. mecklenburgmg@gmail.com; 704-336-4011.

Plant Sale: April 16, 9 a.m., Piedmont Daylily Club at Carmel Presbyterian Church, 2048 Carmel Road. Plant sale and auction of a variety of plants. Yummy treats. Check website for more information. http://piedmontdaylilyclub.com

Growing Azaleas: April 16, 9 a.m. Pike Nursery, 12630 N. Community House Road. www.pikenursery.com/pages/pike-classes-events; 704-341-7453.


Seasonal Happenings – Birds of Prey: April 10, 3-4:15 p.m. McDowell Nature Preserve, McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. What makes birds of prey such magnificent hunters? What are their special adaptations to allow them to hunt from water, land and midair? Includes short hike on uneven terrain. Registration required: www.parkandrec.com, 704-588-5224.

Hope for Animals and Their World: April 15, 8-10 p.m. Thane Maynard & Duke Energy at the Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Using the book he co-authored with Jane Goodall, Thane will discuss steps humans can take to support animal conservation and save the world’s resources. Book signing and sale after presentation. $10 students; $15 Carolina Raptor Center members; $20 nonmembers, carolinaraptorcenter.org.

Kids in Nature Day: April 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Habitat & Wildlife Keepers at Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews. Come enjoy a beautiful spring day with the family and the opportunity to take nature hikes, bird-watch, fish, make birdhouses and more. Free. HAWKncwf.org.

Bird Walk: April 23, 9 a.m., and Frog Walk, April 23, 7 p.m. Birdhouse on the Greenway, 6416 Rea Road. Join Charlotte Observer contributor and naturalist Taylor Piephoff for a nature walk on the greenway to spot birds, frogs and spring flora. $5. Space is limited; register in advance at Carol@greenwaybirdhouse.com, 704-541-1180.

Send regional garden and nature calendar listings to: mecklenburgemg@gmail.com.