Workshops, Classes & Seminars

We offer a variety of free,  informative seminars plus great make-and-take workshops throughout the year.  Below is a list of our current schedule.  We love sharing our knowledge and teaching others how to garden! Space is limited and classes will fill up quickly so register today to save your place!  You may register online with pay-pal by clicking the date of the seminar below, in store, or by calling us at (919) 878-8877.

April

Outdoor Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat April 19th – 10am
Join us for one of our most popular hands-on workshops!  Make a whimsical miniature garden with us with plants to adorn your garden or patio. Fee includes:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand and gravel for your walkways, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  The instruction and class fun is free.  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class with a 10% discount.  Choose from our new 2014 fairy accessories!  Adult fee is $25.  Children’s fee is $10 with paying adult – adult supervision is required.  Register today and save your space by clicking the date and time above or register in store or over the phone!

Grow your Own Food!
Sat. April 19th 3pm
What’s more local than you own backyard? We’ll show you how easy it is to grow your own vegetables in any space!  From traditional row gardens to raised beds to containers we’ll teach you what you need to know to grow your own veggies including amending your soil, how to attract pollinators and when to plant.  Come armed with all of your questions because we will be sure to leave ample time for Q&A.  We are here to assist you in a successful garden!  Class fee of $25 covers cost of 1 flat of vegetable plants, a bag of composted manure!  Participants will also receive a free garden planner!

Tree Huggin’ Weekend
Sat. & Sun. April 26th & 27th
In celebration of the planet for Earth Day and Arbor Day, join us for special sales, giveaways, register to win prizes and more!  Saturday we will feature the following seminars:

Paint the Earth with Roses – Sat. 4/26 10am – Presented by Mr. & Mrs. Myers of the Raleigh Rose Society, learn to beautify the earth with one of the most popular flowers!  Learn about general rose care and be introduced to the fabulous David Austin Roses!  David Austin has been breeding roses for over 50 years – old world charm combined with modern re-blooming, these fragrant roses are perfect for the beginner or collector. Seminar is free but please register in advance to save your space by clicking the seminar name above.

Go Green with Houseplants – Sat. 4/26 11am – Join us to learn about the benefits of houseplants and how to care for them.  Learn how to determine where to place low and high light plants, when and how to water as well as how many you need for optimal indoor air health.  We’ll give you tips on working them into your decor as well as using them on your shady screened in porch.  Class fee of $10 includes one houseplant to take home! Register today by clicking the seminar name above.

Make your Own Compost – Sat. 4/26 2pm – Learn all about this beneficial process that lowers your impact on the environment while creating wonderful soil for your garden! $15 fee includes three wooden pallets to take home to assemble your compost bin.  Additional pallets can be purchased for $5 ea.

May

Heirloom Tomatoes
Saturday May 3rd -10am
We are pleased to host the NC tomato man, Craig LeHoullier, here at our garden center!  Dr. LeHoullier is one of the country’s leading experts on heirloom tomatoes and will be here to share his knowledge with us!  He’s been growing heirloom tomatoes for nearly 30 years and his personal collection contains upwards of 1000 varieties. He is working on finishing touches to his first book on tomatoes, called Epic Tomatoes, which will be published by Storey and available in December.   He’s been featured by Garden & Gun, Carolina Gardener and frequently in the Raleigh N&O, works closely on tomato introductions with companies such as Victory, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange and Tomato Grower’s Supply Company, and is an active member of and Tomato Adviser to the Seed Savers Exchange.  He will share his knowledge on heirloom varieties, discuss how to successfully grow tomatoes in our climate, and answer questions. This class is free but please register in advance by clicking the date and time above to save your space!

Get the Best Summer Turf!
Saturday May 3rd – 3pm
Join us for a seminar on choosing the right type of turf for your lawn.  We’ll describe the different warm season grasses, how to care for them, and provide a quick demonstration on how to plant your plugs.  Class fee of $15 includes one flat of grass plugs to take home.  Register today by clicking the date and time above or you may register in the store or over the phone.

Outdoor Fairy Garden Workshop
Wed. May 14th – 10 am
Sat. May 17th – 10 am
Join us for one of our most popular hands-on workshops!  Make a whimsical miniature garden with us with plants to adorn your garden or patio. Fee includes:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand and gravel for your walkways, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  The instruction and class fun is free.  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class with a 10% discount.  Choose from our new 2014 fairy accessories!  Adult fee is $25.  Children’s fee is $10 with paying adult – adult supervision is required.  Register today and save your space by clicking the date and time above or register in store or over the phone!

Gardening for Newcomers
Sat. May 17th – 3pm
Are you new here or just confused?  This area is a melting pot of transplants from other parts of the U.S.  The Piedmont region of NC is unique.  Let us share our expert advice on soil preparation, plant selection and planting methods for gardening in zone 7b.  Whether you are new to the area or new to gardening, this class is for you! The class is free but registration is required. Click the date and time above or register in store or over the phone.

Indoor Dish Garden Workshop
Sat. May 31st 1pm
Create a lovely mixed tropical garden with us.  In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn about caring for houseplants and we’ll help you arrange your own indoor tropical garden to take home. We have plants in a range of sizes and textures to choose from.  Come prepared to purchase a decorative container – we have an enormous selection to choose from or, bring your favorite from home.  Class fee of $15 includes three selected plants.

June

Indoor Beach Theme Fairy Garden Workshop
Wed. June 4th 10am
Join us for a spin on one of our most popular hands-on workshops!  Make a whimsical beach themed miniature garden with us with indoor plants to adorn your home. $25 fee includes:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  The instruction and class fun is free.  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class with a 10% discount.  Choose from our new 2014 beach fairy accessories!  Register today and save your space by clicking the date and time above or register over the phone!

Outdoor Beach Theme Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat. June 7th 10am
Join us for one of our most popular hands-on workshops!  Make a whimsical beach themed miniature garden with us with outdoor plants to adorn your garden or patio. Fee includes:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  The instruction and class fun is free.  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class with a 10% discount.  Choose from our new 2014 beach fairy accessories!  Adult fee is $25.  Children’s fee is $10 with paying adult – adult supervision is required.  Register today and save your space by clicking the date and time above or register in store or over the phone!

EVENT – Fairy Festival
Sat. June 21st
In celebration of National Fairy Day and the first day of summer, join us for a fun day of miniature gardening!  We’ll have special fairy sales, a fairy garden contest, giveaways, register to win prizes, and more!