Sandhills Horticultural Society Events

Winter Lectures and Workshops

All classes and workshops are held in the Burlingame Room at the Ball Visitors Center, Sandhills Horticultural Gardens, unless otherwise noted. Registration for each event is listed below.  


Pollinator Paradise

Friday, February 23, 1:00pm-2:30pm 

A pollinator paradise is a paradise for all, not only bees and other insects, but also butterflies and hummingbirds. Pollinators are responsible for the diversity of flowers, plants and food crops that we take for granted every day. Debbie Roos, Cooperative Extension Agent in Chatham County, will share design and planting principles to help us create our own pollinator paradise. Debbie will also give a virtual tour of the pollinator garden in Pittsboro which features more than 200 unique species, 85 percent of which are native to North Carolina. 

PLEASE NOTE: There is no registration for this workshop and it is on a first come basis. 


Spring Lectures and Workshops


*Waking up to Spring – Monthly Tour

Thursday, March 14 10:00am (*rain date March 21)

A docent-led tour to see the Gardens “waking up” as the Spring Equinox occurs. We will explore and discuss the effects that the changes in day length and temperature are having on the plants. This event is FREE. Limit 15 people.

*This is a FREE event!

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Spring Medicinal & Edible Plants of the Southeast

Thursday, March 14 2:00-4:00pm

Join Kate Smith of Made Whole as she teaches us about the fundamentals of wild medicinal and edible plant identification and many of the abundant wild medicinal and edible Spring plants of the Southeast. The workshop will start with a classroom portion in which you will learn basic botanical terminology and how to use book, online, and app resources to positively identify wild plants. During the practical part of the class, we will explore the outdoors to locate plants that can be harvested for use as medicine and food and learn how each is processed. We will taste wild edible plants that we find and make a sample tea from a wild medicinal plant. Items to bring: Notebook, pencil, camera or phone that can take photos, medicinal or edible plant guidebooks you like, allergy medicines you usually carry, water, and snacks. Wear clothes and shoes that you feel comfortable walking in, and potentially encountering insects, snakes, other critters, poison ivy or poison oak in. Limit 20 people.

Fee: $15 members / $20 non-members

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Easter Floral Design Class

Tuesday, March 26 2:00-3:00pm

Experience the flowers of Shady Maple Farm and the joyful process of arranging your own table scape!  Using fresh and seasonal Easter inspired florals and unique items, participants will learn specific techniques for arranging an unforgettable design for their table. All supplies included. Each participant will walk away with a beautiful arrangement and a vase to keep!  Limit 30 people.

Fee: $70 members / $75 non-members

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*The Greening of the Gardens – Monthly Tour

Thursday, April 11 10:00am (*rain date April 18)

Green is considered to be the color of “life.” Come be a part of a docent-led tour to explore the “greening of the Gardens” as trees, shrubs, and perennials display the varying shades of green that signal Spring is here! Limit 15 people. 

This is a FREE event!

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Five Essentials for Growing Beautiful Roses

Wednesday, April 24 10:30am-12:00pm

We are delighted to welcome the owner of Witherspoon Rose Culture, David Pike for a comprehensive and interactive presentation on roses. There will be a brief overview on the importance of preparing the rose bed, digging, materials needed, sunlight, and drainage. He will share with us the five essentials of care, main insect and disease problems we are faced with here in the south, as well as different types of roses.  Questions will be encouraged throughout the presentation and there will be a more formal Q & A at the end. Limit 100 people. 

Fee: $5 members / $10 non-members

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*What’s Blooming in the Gardens? - Monthly Tour

Thursday, May 9 10:00am (*rain date May 16)

During this month’s tour, we will be looking for shrubs, perennials, and annuals that are bursting into color. We’ll also check out the vegetable garden to see what the Horticultural students have planted. Limit 15 people.  

This is a FREE event!

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Paper Weaving Craft

Friday, May 17 1:00-3:00pm

Join Marcia Woodfield for a fun afternoon to learn how to create flowers and other designs out of recycled woven paper. You will learn the basics of weaving cut pieces together and shaping them into your desired forms, while helping to reduce paper waste and make sustainable artwork. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring paper you have from home that you want to experiment with. Ideas for paper that works well are: old magazine covers, security envelopes, tea bags, and even candy wrappers! Anything that’s not too thin will work (the inside paper of most magazines does NOT work well). Limit 20 people. 

Fee: $5 members / $10 non-members

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Lavender Workshop: Growing Lavender in the Sandhills

Wednesday, May 22 10:00-11:00am

Lindsey Lochner of of Lazy Fox Lavender Farm will be teaching us about how lavender flourishes in this unique and exciting workshop. Join us as we explore with her the beauty, benefits and cultivation of lavender. Limit 100 people.   

Fee: $5 members / $10 non-members

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