Sandhills Horticultural Society 2022 Events

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All events are free unless noted.

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

Register for Free Fall 2022 Workshops & Lectures

Upcoming Fall 2022 Events at the Ball Visitors’ Center

Nature, Yoga, and Meditation

September 10 & 24, October 8 & 29 (Saturdays) 8:30 – 10:00 AM

Marcia Woodfield, certified Yoga instructor will lead you through a yoga practice designed to nourish your soul as well as your body and mind while you enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds you. This workshop is for anyone looking to: relax the nervous system; quiet a chattering, worrying mind; and increase awareness and connection to body, mind, and soul. You can sign up for the whole series or just come to a single class. Price for members: $35, non-members: $40. If you register and pay for all 4 classes in advance there will be a $5 discount per class. Classes are limited to 10 and will be held in the Sir Walter Raleigh Garden or the Burlingame Room in the Ball Visitors’ Center in case of inclement weather. Bring a large towel/beach towel or yoga mat.



From Garden to Kitchen to Cloth

September 13 (Tuesday) 11:00 – 12:00

Vickie Mehta, local textile artist, educator, and naturalist, will share her expertise and love of the natural environment as she shows you how to use plant materials from your garden such as purple cabbage, beets, blackberries, yellow onions, and marigolds that you can grow and then use to create your own natural dyes. She will provide a demonstration using different types of fabric samples with purple cabbage and discuss the chemistry and techniques involved to produce the desired color outcome.

Ancient Herbs

October 13 (Thursday) 11:00 -12:00

Karen Frye, owner of Nature’s Own Market in Southern Pines, will share her knowledge of bitters (they’re not just for cocktails!) and other ancient herbs and their health benefits.

Succulent Pumpkin Workshop

October 21 (Friday) 11:00 – 12:00

Carol Lucas, Carol Lucas Designs, is back to guide you in creating a living succulent pumpkin centerpiece using a variety of succulents and pumpkins that will last through Thanksgiving and beyond. Participants will leave class with a unique creation, care and replanting instructions, and the confidence to make more with friends and family. Price for members: $50, nonmembers: $55. Class size limited to 12 so sign up early.


Growing Hydrangeas

October 14 (Friday) 1:00 – 2:00

Hydrangeas are one of the stalwarts of the southern garden, especially from mid-summer through fall, due to their lush foliage and jewel-toned flower heads! There are 75 species of hydrangeas, native to Asia and the Americas, that can grow from Zone 8 north to Zone 3 in the US. Growing hydrangeas is not without challenges, especially ‘black spot’ and uncertain blooming. You will learn about: identifying the hydrangea you have, where to plant, soil requirements, watering, changing the flower color, how to eliminate ‘black spot’, and when and how to prune. This is sponsored in partnership with the Sandhills Council of Garden Clubs. Registration is not required for this event. It is first come first serve*

A Healthy Home

November 10 (Thursday) 11:00 – 12:00

Helen Gibbons is returning to discuss ideas on how to incorporate essential oils in different rooms in your home to support your activities of daily living. Basic essential oil safety will be covered, and participants will have an opportunity to learn about different oils and experience their aroma along with trying some different products.

Santa in the Gardens

November 27 (Sunday) 1:00-4:00

Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to the Hoad Children’s Garden for a fun and festive outing in the Gardens. Bring your children for a visit with Santa and storytelling as well as face painting, reindeer food craft, Letters to Santa and refreshments. Take your own pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus in plenty of time for your Christmas cards. Visits with Santa will be from 1:00-2:00. Santa and Mrs. Claus will tell Christmas stories from 2:00-2:30, more time to visit with Santa will be from 2:30-3:30 and then another story time will be from 3:30-4:00. This event is free, but registration is required, and space is limited. Please indicate when you register how many children you are bringing and which visitation time you plan to attend.

Live Greenery Holiday Wreaths

November 28 (Monday) 9:00am-5:00pm

ARTworks Vass will be onsite to help you create your own holiday wreath masterpiece using a vast array of greenery and embellishments. Please refer to the Sandhills Horticultural Gardens website or go directly to the Artworks Vass website for a full description of this event and for registration and payment details.

Climate Change Mitigation for Gardeners and Homeowners

December 8 (Thursday) 11:00 – 1:00

How is North Carolina’s climate changing and what are the implications for plants and gardening? What actions are available to all of us to adapt to and mitigate climate change? Rebecca Ward from NC State University will give us all the details and information.