Sandhills Horticultural Society 2022 Events

How to Register:

  1. To register for workshops & classes please call 910-695-3882 or e-mail at to reserve a space.  If you call, please leave your name, phone number, and e-mail address.
  2. All events are free unless noted.  If your workshop requires a fee, please bring your fee the day of the workshop.  Please make checks payable to: Sandhills Horticultural Society.   If you are unable to attend the session, the office must receive notification 48 hours prior to the workshop date to receive a refund or credit toward another workshop. Please note we have revised our credit policy.  If a credit is desired, it must be used toward another workshop within 90 days.  If not used by that deadline the credit will not be eligible for a refund.
  3. All classes and workshops are held in the Burlingame Room at the Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, unless otherwise noted.


Tuesday, May 10th 10:00 am -1:00 pm
Paint Pouring with ARTworks Vass
Join Laura Scott to explore the many facets of Paint Pouring.  Color, composition, and technique will all be discussed before the pouring begins.  You will have the opportunity to finish one 12 x 12” canvas for $39.00, two for $59.00, or three for $79.00.  Select your preferred option upon registration.  Bring an apron and enough deep foil containers to transport your creations home.  Class size is limited to 15. 

Thursday, May 19th 10:00 am – 11:00 am **TIME CHANGE**
What a Landscape Architect Can Do For You
Join landscape architect and owner of Landscape Design Innovation Group (LDIG), Jeremy Rust, as he discusses the many facets of design and construction that must be considered to build a successful project whether it be a small shade garden or an elaborate outdoor living and entertainment area.   Jeremy will also offer insights into the steps he has taken to streamline all levels of his design/build business from design, estimating, financials, administrative duties, and even a proprietary on-the-job-training and employee development program called LDIG U.

Lecture and Photo Walk
Wednesday, June 1st
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mary Louise Ravese, owner of Bella Vista Photography in Raleigh, will be speaking on Mastering the Sharp Photograph.  Mary Louise will discuss how image sharpness is affected by three main factors: focus, depth-of-field, and shutter speed.  She’ll explain the impact of each and how to adjust these settings appropriately for the situation.  This knowledge will be put into practice with participants doing hands-on photography in the Gardens with guidance by Mary Louise.  This session is suitable for a variety of camera users from traditional DSLR and mirrorless cameras to point-n-shoot and smartphone cameras.  Participants should bring their camera with a memory card and a fully charged battery (having a spare battery on hand is also helpful).  Tripods are optional but recommended.  Space is limited to 12 so register early.  Minimum attendance required is 8 with a cancellation date of May 27th.  A rain date is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd.  Members: $50.00, nonmembers $55.00.

Patrick Dougherty Sculpture
Thursday, June 9th
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Jim Westman, Professor SCC Landscape Gardening Program and Director of the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens will speak on the process of how the amazing Patrick Dougherty sculpture, What Goes Around Comes Around, was planned and constructed in the Gardens.