3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Muriel Williman, Orange County Waste Management Educator and composter extraordanaire will be demonstrating how to put your food scraps to good use-what to compost, what not to compost and why. She will also show you how easy it is to start your own vermicomposting. This event will be held on campus, outdoors, at the Carolina Campus Community Garden. Parking is available in the parking lot right across from the CCCG. We will hold the workshop rain or shine - please dress for the weather and be prepared to stand outside without shelter for the duration of the class. (Weather depending, a sun hat or raincoat may be appropriate.) Class if free, but please register in advance.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
|Get Ready for Summer: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop|
Get ready for summer! The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) is the learning laboratory for this workshop. We’ll cover what vegetables to plant for a summer garden; when to start planting; tips on trellising, staking and organic methods of pest control; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Following the workshop, plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corp!
Fee: $15 ($10 ncbg members; Free to UNC Students)
For directions to CCCG: http://ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden/
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
|Cultivating a Backyard Medicine Garden|
Planting a medicinal garden is one of the most effective ways to beautify and enhance your landscape while improving health. Plant herbs outside your door to use in making a tea or adding to your spring salads. From immune system boosters to seasonal allergy remedies, there is an amazing world of plants that can reduce common ailments and boost your overall energy—come learn about it with us! Join Bountiful Backyards and Vital Bloom Botanicals as we explore the Top Ten Easy-to-Grow medicinal plants for shade and sun and answer your questions. Participants will take home potted plants for their own gardens. Fee: $35 ($30 ncbg members)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
|Nature Play at Home: A Landscape Designed for Children |
Join Natural Learning Initiative staff members Jesse Turner and Julie Murphy as they share “Nature Play at Home: A Guide for Boosting Children’s Healthy Development and Creativity.” Jesse and Julie will illustrate simple do-it-yourself projects that can keep kids busy from dawn to dusk, outside! “Nature Play at Home” is a publication created by the Natural Learning Initiative for the National Wildlife Federation in an effort to combat what Richard Louv (author of Last Child in the Woods) aptly describes as “Nature Deficit Disorder.” We will explore many ideas, including fort building, sensory gardens, balancing logs, fairy villages, grass mazes, mud play, and more. Jesse and Julie will show a brief presentation, hand out copies of “Nature Play at Home,” and work with participants to help figure out how everyone can add some “Vitamin G” (g = green) for young people at home. Fee includes take-home materials: $30 ($25 ncbg members)
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this region. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project, how to implement a plan with sustainable materials, and finally, you will be given a list of native plants of the region frequently used in home landscapes. Specific topics will include analyzing the property for wind and sun orientation, functional flow, and treating special features of your landscape. Concepts of sight line, public and private areas, and “rooms” will be discussed.
Fee: $35 ($30 ncbg members)
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
|Botany of Gardening|
What makes a seed wake up and germinate? How are flowers pollinated and how are fruit formed? This workshop delves into the science of gardening as we journey through a growing season. Discussion and hands-on activities will cover seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and the science behind gardening practices. This workshop is perfect for gardeners who want to have a better understanding of basic botany and aim to have a more prosperous gardening experience. Fee: $25 ($20 ncbg members)