Please submit your garden and nature event information online. Go to events.charlotteobserver.com and click on “Add Event.” The submission deadline for print is two weeks in advance of the event date.
10 a.m. April 21. Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Cherryville Hwy (N.C. 279), Dallas. Jim Burke, Extension Agent for Natural Resources, discusses how to compost in your backyard. Free. Registration not required. firstname.lastname@example.org, 704-674-0860 www.facebook.com/MasterGardenerOfGastonCounty.
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9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. Did you know Charlotte is fondly called the “City of Trees?” Trees Charlotte at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon Street. Trees Charlotte will pass out tree seedlings to take home and plant so you can help keep our city’s tree canopy growing. Free.
Learn to Grow, Grow to Learn the Earth Friendly Way
9 a.m -2 p.m. April 23. Iredell Garden Fair, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. Free. Fifty Charlotte area vendors, plant sales, yard art and garden accessories, speaker workshops, hands-on activities for kids, a welcome bag give-away from Encore Azalea/Southern Living Plant Collection and more. Rain or shine. Iredell Cooperative Extension Service, iredellgardenfair.weebly.com, 704-878-3166.
Learn about bugs
9 a.m. April 23-24. Beneficial Bugs in the Garden: Learn the difference between a good and bad bug and the many creepy crawlies that are beneficial to your garden. Pike Nursery, 12630 North Community House Road. Free. email@example.com, 704-341-7453.
Caring for roses
10 a.m.-noon April 23. Fundamentals of Rose Care Class: Instruction on how to successfully grow roses, select, plant, water, fertilize, control pests and diseases, prune and care for your roses year round. For beginners and experts. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4401 Shopton Road. Free. Registration: www.witherspoonrose.com, 704-366-28566.
1-1:30 p.m. April 23 Time to Grow Terrific Tomatoes: Margaret Jenkins presents fool-proof gardening tips for growing juicy, tasty tomatoes as well as types of tomatoes and varieties that do well in our humid, hot Piedmont summers. Come for a talk, stay for a walk through the UNCC gardens until 4 p.m. EMGs available to answer gardening questions and provide landscape advice. UNCC Botanical Gardens, McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road.Directions and parking: https://gardens.uncc/edu/ 704-336-4011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mint Museum Art in the Garden Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 and 1 -4 p.m. April 24. Eight beautiful gardens will be open for a weekend of strolling, art and festivities. Artists will set up their easels and paint en plein air, capturing on canvas the serene beauty of the southern garden. The tour concludes with a celebratory party and plein art show 4-6 pm April 24 at the Mint Museum Randolph. Tickets are available at both Mint locations, at www.mintmuseum.org or at gardens during the tour. $25; $20 Mint/CGC members. www.charlottegardenclub.org. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Iredell Garden Fair
9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23. Sponsored by the Iredell Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association, the fourth annual Iredell Garden Fair will feature activities and speakers focused on environmentally responsible gardening techniques and earth friendly choices in home landscaping. Local experts will conduct workshops, and approximately 50 vendors will sell plants, yard art, garden accessories, supplies and services. Children can enjoy garden projects in the demonstration garden. A Master Gardener’s Attic Sale will feature new and gently used garden items and decor. Food vendors will be on hand. Iredell County Cooperative Extension, 444 Bristol Drive, Statesville. 704-873-0507. iredell.ces.ncsu.edu.
7 p.m. April 21. Snakes! The Good, The Bad, The Scaly. Shem Unger, assistant professor at Wingate University presents on snake identification and their contributions to the ecosystem, www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org, email@example.com, Union County Agricultural Center, 3230-D Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822.
10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23. Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. The family-friendly event will include wildlife, animal and environmental exhibits; recycling drives, document shredding; an unused medicine drop-off; food vendors, live music and raffle items. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. www.matthewsnc.com.
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 21. Earth Day in Ballantyne: Participants can network with local businesses and get tips on adopting a sustainable lifestyle, while enjoying music from K104.7 FM and other fun activities. All recycled contributions will be wiped clean following U.S. Department of Defense standards and either properly discarded or refurbished to prevent hazardous materials from entering our landfills. Free. Ballantyne Corporate Park Brixham Tent, 15801 Brixham Hill Ave., Charlotte.
10:15 a..m April 23. Walk the 100-year-old Paw Paw Nature Trail. Join the naturalists of Charlotte Nature Museum for a nature walk to learn about the beauty and diversity of the bottomland forest habitat. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. Free with $8 admission. 704-372-6261 www.charlottenaturemuseum.org
Winghaven 3-part Birding Series: Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave. Birding Basics: 1 p.m. April 23; Field Trip - Latta Park: 9 a.m. April 30; Field Trip - Pee Dee Wildlife Refuge, 8 a.m. May 21. Lecture and field trips cost $20 members/$25 others. Register winghavengardens.org 704-331-0664 ext. 101.
Send regional Garden & Nature Event Calendar listings to Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardener Volunteers at firstname.lastname@example.org.