Organic Gardening

Greensboro area Spring Gardening Events

Can you not wait to GET OUTSIDE?!!  That’s where I have been, loving every minute of this gorgeous spring!  It is “the pastel season” as my realtor, Betty Hill, explained when we moved here 13 years ago.

The garden is my great escape.  I do not carry my cell phone out with me and I probably won’t return your call before dark when I come in for Chinese take-out or a peanut butter sandwich.

Is it insane to drive 2 hours to Sanford, NC to spend 5 hours tromping through every inch of “Big Bloomers Greenhouses”? Then two hours driving home trying to remember the names of the 30 different plants I bought?  In the words of Karel Čapek, “Gardening is an insatiable passion, like everything else to which a man gives his heart.”

Maybe a lot of you feel this way too – Why else would there be so many fabulous GARDENING EVENTS this time of year?  And with 4 public gardens  in Greensboro, plus the Legacy Garden at the Ag Extension Center & the new Paul J. Ciener garden in Kernersville (all FREE), the Triad is a uniquely GREEN kind of place!  Here is a list of great outings to add to your calendar.  I hope to see you there!

April:  New Garden Landscaping & Nursery “We Plan You Plant” (Free) Must make your appointment by May. Your designer will create a personalized plan for a Do It Yourself weekend project with a customized plant list. Book Your Appointment Now   

Sun, April 13 – The annual Spectacular  Spring Tulip Bloom event, 2-4pm  at the Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street in Kernersville. If you miss the event come over anytime – the garden is open daily. Join or sign up for their newsletter for invitations to future events. http://www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org/

Sun, April 13 – The Greensboro Farmers Curb Market will host the Go Green! Plant Sale this Sunday April 13, 2014, 9am-2pm. Refreshments from Great Escape food trucks, feature fresh, local foods, including coffee to kick off your day!  501 Yanceyville across from War Memorial Stadium.

Mon, April 21– Guilford Horticultural Society’s monthly meeting. Pam Crown, an excellent gardener from Charlotte, will talk about “Pruning Perennials”.  Greensboro Science Center, 7:15 pm. Guests are welcome.  http://www.guilfordhorticulturalsociety.org/about-guilford-horticultural-society/

Thurs, April 24 – The Herb Society has their annual Herb Sale, 7am-3pm at the Greek Orthodox Church, on the corner of  Westridge Rd and Friendly Ave. The entire recreation hall is filled to the brim with vendors.

April 25-27 – The Greensboro Council of Garden Clubs’ annual Home & Garden Tours. Four homes will be available to tour.  Call for brochure and tickets: 336-282-4940. Tickets sold at: The Extra Ingredient, Fleet-Plummer, A. B. Seed, Inc., Guilford Garden Center &New Garden Nursery.

Sun, May 4th, Gateway Gardens JAZZ Festival “Groovin’ in the Garden” will feature live jazz performances, food vendors. This is the most wonderful children’s garden and so much for adults to love too. Celebrating the opening of the new visitors’ building. Gateway is Greensboro’s newest public garden, 2924 East Lee St @ Florida Street. http://www.greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/garden_events.php

May 3 & 4, The annual Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. http://chapelhillgardentour.net/ or call 919-962-0522.

May 3, 4 & 10, The annual Art in the Garden Sculptural Invitational, 1902 Borland Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278. If you want interesting sculpture in your garden, this is a show you will love. Twelve different artista are displaying their sculptures. Placed in a lovely wooded garden setting, you will gain inspiration for their placement in your own garden. Hours: May 3 & 10, 10a-6p; Sun, May 4, 12-5pm.  http://www.garden-art-gallery.com/ 919-757-2181

May 2,3,4 & 9,10,11, Spring Open House at Tony Avent’s Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanical Garden, Raleigh, NC. Open to the public only a few weekends a year, this is garden has possibly the most extensive and unique display of plants you will find in North Carolina and beyond. Once in love, you can then head to the greenhouses to find the plant you need to take home. http://www.plantdelights.com/

Fri, May 9th, The Guilford Extension Master Gardener’s annual “Pass-along Plant Sale” at the Agricultural Extension Center, 3309 Burlington Road, Greensboro, NC.  Fri, 9am-3pm, Sat 9am-noon.

Sat, May 17 –Plant Sale & Landscape Festival at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street in Kernersville, NC.  9am-2pm. http://www.cienerbotanicalgarden.org/

If you would just like to BUY a beautiful ready-made garden of your own, you are in luck. Jeannette Windham, long time landscape professional, the founder of the Guilford Horticultural Society, and the “Godmother of Gardening” in Greensboro, has just listed her Summerfield home for sale to move to the Whitestone Retirement community.  Call realtor Ann Powell for more info: (855) 836-7986.

Happy gardening!