Sandhills Horticultural Society Fall 2021 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 mailing address.
  2. All events are free unless noted.  If your workshop requires a fee, please send your payment with the name and date of workshop you want to:

Sandhills Horticultural Society
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374

Please make checks payable to: Sandhills Horticultural Society.  You will be on the waiting list until your payment is received.  Receipt of payment reserves your space in class.  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.

  1. All classes and workshops are held in the Burlingame Room at the Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, unless otherwise noted.

Covid-19 Protocols:

  1. As of August 5, 2021, masks are required indoors on SCC campus. For all up-to-date SCC Covid-19 protocols, please visit
  2. Due to social distancing requirements, spaces are limited.
  3. Events are subject to cancellation depending on Covid-19 concerns.

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

Friday, November 12th, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lecture: Identifying Edible Mushrooms
Frank Hyman, owner of Cottage Garden Landscaping in Durham, NCSU educated horticulturist, author and columnist, will be giving a talk based on his latest book, How to Forage for Mushrooms without Dying.  With his signature humor and style Frank will speak on how to distinguish edible mushrooms, “if it’s hollow, you can swallow,” by giving expert foraging advice so that you can be confident on which mushrooms you can safely eat and which to avoid.

Sunday, November 28th, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Santa in the Gardens
Santa and Mrs. Claus are returning to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens! Bring your children for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus that includes story time; face painting; reindeer food craft; letters to Santa; a surprise children’s gardening experience; and Christmas cookie treats.  Take pictures with Santa for your Christmas cards.

There are two visitation sessions scheduled.  The first is from 1:00-2:00.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will then break for Christmas story time from 2:00-2:30. A second visitation session is 2:30-3:30 followed by another story time from 3:30-4:00.  This event is free, but registration is required, and space is limited.  All activities will be held outside adjacent to the Ball Visitors’ Center beneath a large tent.

To register, please use the following link:
Please note, each child that plans to attend will need to be registered individually.
Giving back: During this event, we welcome a donation of canned goods and/or other non-perishable items to be donated to the local Food Bank.   

Tuesday, December 7th 10:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Stained Glass Christmas Tree Workshop
Diane Flanagan from ARTworks Vass returns to assist you in creating a one-of-a-kind stained-glass Christmas Tree decoration.  You will be provided with all supplies including a wooden stand on which to display your creation.  The finished tree measures approximately 6.5”h x 5” w.  The class size is limited to 12.  Cost for members is $49.00, non-members $54.00.

Monday, December 13th 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Discover the Benefits of a Plant Based Diet
FREE! Retired Emergency Medicine and Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehab physician, Dr. Darrel G. Simpkins, will speak on the benefits of following a Plant Based diet.  He will discuss the history of this type of diet, types of protein in meat verses vegetables, health benefits, and how to start a Plant Based Diet.

Tuesday, January 11th 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pruning Workshop

FREE! Moore County Cooperative Extension Agent Savanah Laur will discuss the dos and don’ts of pruning and provide guidance on pruning techniques.  Weather permitting, Savanah will provide an outside demonstration of how it’s done.  You will leave feeling more confident when it’s time to pull out your pruners!

Tuesday, February 8th 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Chocolates in time for Valentine’s Day!
FREE! Meet Scott Hasemeir, owner of V Form Chocolate, Pinehurst and observe how he makes his delectable creations.  He will also have chocolates to purchase for your Valentines’ gifts or just to treat yourself!