Garden Journal

Sleuths in the garden: The Botanical Gardens at Asheville will start its kids’ series, Garden Science Investigation (GSI), on Saturday, May 17, with a program called “A Habitat’s a Home.” The series, intended for ages 5 to 11, aims to encourage children’s observation and investigative skills in the natural world. Cost is $7 per child per activity. Each session is limited to 12 participants. 

All programs take place at the Botanical Gardens, 151 W.T. Weaver Blvd. (next to UNCA) from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information or to register call 252-5190.

Don’t panicle, dude: The Blue Ridge Hydrangea Society will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, May 17, at the North Carolina Arboretum.

Few plants give as much, and ask for as little in return, as the mighty hydrangea, with varieties ranging from the bossy and exotic to native selections with their own store of merits.

The N.C. Arboretum (www.ncarboretum.org) is located off Brevard Road (N.C. 191) near Bent Creek.  To learn more about the Blue Ridge Hydrangea Society, contact President/Founder Linda Shapiro by e-mailing her at blueflowers@blueridgehydrangeasociety.org.

This is how they do it: The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association will hold its Upstate Farm Tour on May 31 and June 1, featuring 17 farms in the South Carolina foothills. The tour, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. both days, is a good opportunity to see how our neighbors to the south are working the land.

On the other hand, if places like Pickens and Travelers Rest sound a little too far away, you’ll be happy to know that the Pittsboro-based nonprofit’s Mountain Farm Tour is scheduled for June 28 and 29. Visit www.carolinafarmstewards.org for details.

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