Learn With Us: October 2023

Forage Mushrooms Without Dying 
October 7, 9am-11am
Learn all four seasons of the easiest to ID and best tasting wild, edible mushrooms—12 in all with expert & author Frank Hyman. Plus, learn important skills for foraging, cooking and preserving your finds. Slideshow and Q&A. Fee. Details at www.frankhyman.com on the “Classes” page.

Foodscaping with Brie

October 7, Lecture 10am–12pm

October 14, Tour at Brie’s 2pm–5pm

Brie Arthur will cover all the basics, including soil preparation, organic fertilizer, pest management, plant selection, and gorgeous combinations. The garden tour and yard-to-table tasting will include a guided tour through Brie’s home foodscape where attendees can literally get their hands dirty, ask in-the-moment questions, and taste the fruits of Brie’s foodscaping efforts. Fee, pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar.

Not Tonight Deer

October 7, 2pm-4pm

With the right kind of fences, plants and deterrents you can consistently keep the deer away from your garden. Slideshow class with Q&A with horticulturist and designer Frank Hyman. Fee. Details at www.frankhyman.com on the “Classes” page.

Harvest Festival

October 8, 1pm-4pm

Celebrate the bounty of autumn with a festival of activities, music, demonstrations and more, led by Duke Gardens and other local groups in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free drop-in activities for adults and children together; all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration required. 919-668-1707, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, 27705. gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Triangle Orchid Society

October 9, 7:30 pm

Do you grow Cattleyas? Come meet the expert. Art Chadwick of Richmond VA, author, speaker, TV guest, has the distinction of naming his Cattleya hybrids after the wives of the last six U.S. Presidents and personally presenting the flowers to most of the honored recipients. Free and open to the public. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. www.triangleorchidsociety.org.

Margaret Reid Garden Overview

October 10, 7:30pm

Gardeners of Wake County, JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com.

Photography Walk-Top Tips for Photographing Fall Color

October 12, 10am–12pm

Mary Louise Ravese will explain her tips for how to best capture the color of the season from what photography equipment to use, to successful techniques, and advice on where and when to go to locations convenient to the Triangle area. Fee, pre-registration. JC Raulston Arboretu, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/calendar.

Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Okra and Collards

October 12, 12pm-1pm

This class uses okra and collards to explore crop trialing, seed saving, culinary evaluations, regional and community seed work, climate adaptation, and crop development. The class aims to showcase the importance of regional seed saving as a simple and accessible technology. Virtual via Zoom. Free, preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Open House Weekend

October 13-15

Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill, NC. camforest.com.

Art and Yoga Retreat

October 14, 8:30am-3:30pm

Embody the meaning of peace in your mind, body, and heart at this semi-annual yoga and art retreat. The beautiful Autumn background invites us to reflect on a time of transition and letting go. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

PlantFest 2023

October 14, 9am-2pm

Orange County Master Gardener volunteers plant sale,kids’ activities, gardening exhibits, tool sharpening, a nature-themed art sale and food vendors. Rain date: Oct. 21. Bonnie B. Davis Environment and Agricultural Center, Hillsborough. www.plantfestnc.org.

Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants

October 14, 9:30am-12:30pm

Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses, and preparations. No prerequisites. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Open House Weekend

October 20-22

Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill, NC. camforest.com.

Sustainable Gardening Seminar

October 21, 8am-11am

Learn the basics of sustainable gardening through the example in Bee Better Naturally’s teaching garden with Helen Yoest. Learn waterwise, mulching, and plants to sustain your garden fully. Fee. Register at beebetternaturally.com. The Bee Better Teaching Garden, won the City of Raleigh’s Sustainable Garden Award in 2015.

Lasting Impressions’ Garage Gallery & Plant Sale

October 21, 9am-1pm

Our handmade concrete leaves and hypertufa troughs will be 20% off for this event. Shop for yourself and gardening friends!

Fall planting is the best! Find natives, shrubs, perennials and dwarf conifers locally grown for your garden! Lasting Impressions,4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh.

Bahama Ruritan Club: Bahama Day.

October 28, 2023

A street fair and fundraiser for Bahama Ruritan Club, Bahama Fire Dept Auxilary, and other nonprofit organizations that benefit the Bahama community.

Bahama Day

Botany Spotlight: Oaks

October 26, 2pm-5pm

Eastern North Carolina’s rich array of native oaks is second only to those of Mexico. Learn more about this fascinating and important group of plants, including their biology, how to identify and distinguish them, and how they impact and interact with their environment. For a review of the oak tree of life and current research, register for the virtual session on October 24. Fee; registration is required at https://rsvp.duke.edu/g1nKqO. 919-668-1707, gardenseducation@duke.edu. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, 27705. gardenseducation@duke.edu.

Fall Tea for All

October 29, 10 am-4 pm

Join us to celebrate the end of our 2023 harvest. There will be tours of the tea gardens throughout the day and fresh tea samples for tasting. Suggested donation. Camellia Forest Nursery & Tea Gardens, Chapel Hill. teaflowergardens.com.