Garden Journal

Knee-high to a grasshopper: For the budding naturalist, the North Carolina Arboretum is holding Wee Naturalist Classes beginning Monday, Aug. 25.

Preschoolers will learn about trees, birds, bears, bugs, raindrops and a whole lot more. Each class might include a physical activity, critter visits, puppets, songs, art time, stories and short nature walks.

The classes take place from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 25. Children ages 2 to 5 are welcome to attend. Cost is $5 per child, per class (no registrations taken; walk-ins only). Visit for more information.

Tough bloomers, on display: You may have noticed in this summer’s drought that dahlias are one of the few plants that seem to be putting on a show. See more of them—much more—during the Annual Dahlia Society Show, scheduled at the North Carolina Arboretum for Saturday, Sept. 13, and Sunday, Sept. 14.

The event promises “hundreds of dahlia blooms in rainbow colors and multibloom variety bouquets.” A flower sale will also take place that weekend, for those with an acquisitive streak.

Visit to learn more about the local boosters of these tuberous beauties.

Dry and dusty: With much of Western North Carolina gripped in an “exceptional drought” category, everything from the success of your fall Brussels sprouts to the depth of your next Jacuzzi soak hangs in the balance. Don’t be left high and dry: For the latest on our region’s drought conditions, visit


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