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Wing Haven BOGO
Buy One Get One free admission honoring National Public Gardens Day. Must present coupon to receive offer. $10. Pick up tickets at Wing Haven. Free for children younger than 10 and members. Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. winghavengardens.com/SeasonalEvents.asp. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6.
Perennial Plant Sale & Display Garden Tour
Loving grown right here in Charlotte area, perennials for sun and shade. Tour raised bed vegetable gardens and gardens in a small space. NC Cooperative Extension Service, 1418 Armory Drive, Charlotte. Mecklenburg Extension Master Gardeners 704-336-4011 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 9 a.m. - noon May 7.
Wing Haven’s 22nd Annual Gardeners' Garden Tour
The tour features five inspiring private gardens and Wing Haven Gardens. Enjoy live music from Charlotte Folk Society both afternoons at Renfrow Farms Garden and the Community School of the Arts at Wing Haven Gardens, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 7. Cost: $30 through May 6; $35 the day of the event. Ticket price includes both days. www.winghavengardens.org, 704-331-0664. Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave., Charlotte. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7; 1-5 p.m. May 8.
Charlotte Herb Guild Sale/Fund Raiser
May 7, 8 a.m.-noon. Matthews Farmers Market, 188 North Trade Street, Matthews. Gifts just in time for Mother’s Day. Choose from Tussie Mussies, herbal crafts, potted herbs, herb gardens and cookbooks. http://charlotteherbguild.blogspot.com.au
Gaston EMG Plant Sale
Perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, herbs, vegetables, garden yard sale and raffle. Gaston County Citizens Resource Center, 1303 Cherryville Highway (N.C. 279), Dallas. Barbara Linster 704-674-0860. 8 a.m. May 7.
More Bloom For Your Buck Perennials
Karen Kottkamp explains not all perennials are created equal. Learn about hardy, native, easy-to-find and long blooming flowers that last year to year. NC Extension Master Gardeners at UNCC Botanical Gardens - McMillan Greenhouse, 9090 Craver Road, Charlotte. Afterward until 4 p.m. get gardening questions answered and enjoy a stroll through the many gardens at UNCC. email@example.com or 704-336-4011. 1-1:30 p.m. May 7.
Mother’s Day Weekend
Mother’s Day Weekend at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market will be filled with vivid flowers, great gifts, decadent wines, and so much more. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte. 704-357-1269. www.ncagr.gov. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 7.
Backyards & Beauty Spots
Six gardens on tour, $15. Lunch, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., $15. Tour and lunch combo, $25. Plant sale. Art sale. Proceeds to benefit the Wesley United Methodist Church Soup Kitchen. Tickets available in advance at the York Change of Commerce and on the day of the tour at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. $15; $25 tour and lunch combo. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 E. Liberty St., York. 803-684-4021. www.goodshepherdyork.com. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7.
First Friday in the Garden
“Tough Plants for Dry Soil” is the topic 11 a.m. May 6 at Glencairn Learning Center, 826 Edgemont Ave., Rock Hill. Clemson Extension Agent Paul Thompson will speak.
Biltmore’s gardens are alive with color as spring arrives. Stunning floral displays featuring nearly 100,000 tulips across the estate celebrate the majesty of Frederick Law Olmsted’s legacy as Biltmore’s master horticulture planner. Biltmore’s restaurants will feature special menu items, with the Winery offering wine seminars. Included with admission. Biltmore Estate, 1 Lodge St., Asheville. 800-624-1575. www.biltmore.com.
Join a naturalist and learn about the role of snakes in the environment, bust some snake myths and even get to meet some of the Center’s Education snakes. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. May 7.
BioDiversity Hike: Weymouth Woods
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve is a into the long leaf pine forests that once covered millions of acres in the southeastern U.S. The lanky pines – some of them hundreds of years old – tower over expanses of wiregrass and rare and intriguing species, including the red-cockaded woodpecker, pine barrens tree frog, bog spicebush, fox squirrel and myriad wildflowers. You will hike 6 to 8 miles on uneven terrain, stopping along the way to explore. Meet at Reedy Creek Nature Center and take van to location. $12. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. May 7.
Guided by a naturalist, this program will be all about looking for creepy crawlies: insects, roly-polies, centipedes, snails, and hopefully more. First, you will read a story about these important creatures, and then the hunt will begin. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 2- 3 p.m. May 8.
Mom’s Breakfast With the Birds
Moms and their kids can enjoy a brunchtime trail walk and light breakfast. After noon, visiting moms can enjoy free admission to walk the Raptor Trail and participate in the Center’s regular Sunday activities. $5. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. May 8.
Nature Story Corner
Settle in and get comfortable and read a variety of nature based stories. Stories may be accompanied by puppets and audience participation as you learn about the wonders of nature. After the story they will hike into the forest to do a themed activity based on the story. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. May 9.
Birding in the Piedmont
Join this event in an Audubon-certified garden as Ken Kneidel, President of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society, talks about birds of the NC Piedmont and the hobby of “birding.” Register by calling 704-416-6800 or online at www.tinyurl.com/steelecreek-lib Free. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library - Steele Creek, 13620 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte. 704-416-6800. 6- 7:30 p.m. May 11.
Falconry with Eric Harold:
Falconer Eric Harold will share the many facets, past to present, of falconry at the Mecklenburg Audubon May presentation. Free. www.meckbirds.org. Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1320. www.mecklenburgcrc.org/Tyvola-Senior-Center. 7:15 p.m. May 5.
Sand County Almanac: Book and Nature Exploration
Each month you will explore a section of this wonderful book and participate in a nature connecting activity. This month you will read the May/Illinois and Iowa essays. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 6- 7:30 p.m. May 6.
Homeschool: Exploring Ecosystems
From the prairie to the lake to the forest, you will learn about the different ecosystems and discover all the plants and animals in it. Discover how everything in an ecosystem has a job and depends on other plants or animals in order to be healthy and balanced. Be prepared to get dirty in these hands-on investigations. $3. Reedy Creek Nature Center & Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road, Charlotte. 980-314-1119. 1:30- 3 p.m. May 10.