Horticultural Gardens Upcoming Events

How to Register

  1. To register for workshops & classes please call 910-695-3882 or e-mail at landscapegardening@sandhills.edu to reserve a space.  If you call, please leave your name, phone number, and mailing address.
  2. If your workshop requires a fee, please send your payment with the name and date of workshop you want to attend to:
    Sandhills Horticultural Society
    3395 Airport Road
    Pinehurst, NC 28374
  3. You will be on the waiting list until your payment is received.  Receipt of payment reserves your space in class.  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
  4. All classes and workshops are held in the Burlingame Room at the Ball Visitors’ Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, unless otherwise noted.

A portion of the workshop fee goes to support the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

2020 Workshops/Events

Friday, February 28th – 12:00 p.m.
Lunch and Learn:  Beneficial Insects

FREE! Taylor Williams will return to give a talk on beneficial insects.  He will discuss how to identify them and why we should encourage them as an important natural pest control in the garden.  Registration is required.

Thursday, March 12th 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch & Learn in the Gardens – Essential Oils

FREE! Helen Gibbons, an Essential Oils Specialist and member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy, will present Unraveling the Mysteries of Essential Oils. Learn about how plants manufacture essential oils, methods of extraction of oils and hydrosols, safety concerns, what to look for in quality oils, routes of absorption, and carrier oils/butters in relation to essential oils. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy various essential oils and hydrosols aromatically. Essential oil inhalers will be available to purchase for $5.00.

Monday, March 23rd 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn in the Gardens – Creating Your Own Cut Flower Garden and a Zero to Gorgeous Garden in 90 days

FREE! Ellen Ashley, Educator, Speaker, Plantscape Consultant, Master Gardener and recipient of the Guilford County Horticultural Society’s prestigious “Garden Excellence Award” for horticultural knowledge and service will present Creating Your Own Cut Flower Garden and a Zero to Gorgeous Garden in 90 days. Over the past 8 years, Ellen has offered a full year program of “hands on” gardening classes based on proven horticultural research and practical experience. Her mission is to inspire confident and fearless gardeners who go home to transform their own landscapes into a paradise of their own. Learn more about Ellen at www.LearnToGarden.com

Friday, March 27th 1:00 p.m.rd 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Growing Plants in Containers

Hilarie Blevins presents the latest talk in the Sandhills Horticultural Lecture Series. Whether you grow all your plants in containers or only one or two special plants, you’ll learn new ideas and techniques. This FREE program is sponsored by the Sandhills Horticultural Society and Sandhills Council of Garden Clubs. Please note, no reservation is needed for this lecture. Space is limited – first come, first serve basis.

Saturday, April 4th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SHS Spring Plant Sale

Perennials, woody plants and bulbs will be for sale. For information or to pre-order call 910-695-3882 or e-mail: landscapegardening@sandhills.edu. Horticultural Society members receive 5% off orders of $100 or more.

Thursday, April 9th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lecture and Photo Walk.

Mary Louise Ravese, owner and principle photographer for Bella Vista Photography in Raleigh, will be speaking on Mastering the Sharp Photograph. Mary Louise will explain how to control what is a sharp image, how to make sure you are focusing on the correct place and equipment and techniques for getting sharp images. This knowledge will be put into practice in the Gardens with hands-on photographing and guidance. 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 DSLR, mirrorless, point-n-shoot, or smartphone camera. Cameras with interchangeable lenses should bring a lens, preferably one with a focal length of 70mm or longer. Fully charged battery and a spare. Memory card inserted in camera. Tripods are optional. Space is limited to 12 so register early to save your space. Horticultural Society members $30.00, nonmembers $40.00. If needed, rain date will be Thursday, April 30th, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Monday, April 20th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Decorative Toad House.

Join Christine Jepsen of ARTworks Vass, as she leads you each step of the way to build a custom, one of a kind creation. She will demonstrate the use of wood, cement, organic items, found objects and adorable miniatures to create your work of art. All supplies included and guests are welcome to bring their own special or sentimental pebbles, botanicals, and other treasures. No experience is necessary. For inspiration you can find Chris’ larger bird houses, miniature houses, and Faerie Doors displayed in the gallery of ARTworks Vass. Horticultural Society members: $39.00, non-members: $44.00.

Friday, April 24th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 25th 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
SCC Landscape Gardening Students’ Annual Bedding Plant Sale

Annuals, herbs, tomato and pepper plants are available. Pre-orders are recommended and deadline for pre-orders is Friday, April 10th. Order forms are available at Ball Visitors Center and https://www.sandhills.edu/landscapegrd/. This sale benefits student’s field trips.

Tuesday, May 5th 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Stained Glass Bird.

Diane Flanagan from ARTworks Vass returns to help you make a whimsical Stained Glass Bird in the colors of your choice and with embellishments that will make your finished creation sing! You can expect to learn the fundamentals of design, safe tool usage, glass cutting, foiling, and more as you complete one Bird in the color palette of your choice. All materials are included. No experience is necessary. For inspiration you can find Diane’s larger stained glass panels, three dimensional glass pieces, and ornaments displayed in the gallery at ARTworks Vass. Space is limited to 12 so register early to save your seat in class. Horticultural Society members: $39.00, nonmembers: $44.00.

Tuesday, May 19th 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch & Learn in the Gardens – Gardening with Grains

FREE! Acclaimed international author, horticulturalist and speaker, Brie Author, will be giving a talk based on her latest book, Gardening with Grains. Brie will discuss how to cultivate grains alongside your favorite ornamental and edible plants. She will explain how to design a space that can provide nourishment for your family and your favorite birds year-round. Discover easy-to-apply management strategies for long term success, including how to naturally improve your soil and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. Brie Author studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University and is currently President of the International Plant Propagators Society Southern Region and is on the board for the North Carolina Botanic Garden Foundation. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator she now shares her expertise as an advocate for consumer horticulture and home gardening across America. She will be bringing copies of her books for purchase.


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