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Tours, talks at nearby gardens

BELMONT – Join Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and Mark Weathington, director of Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum, as he discusses his new book “Gardening in the South: A Complete Homeowners Guide” during June’s First Tuesday Presentation on June 6 at noon.

A gardener’s plant choice and garden style are inextricably linked to the place they call home. In order to grow a flourishing garden, every gardener must know the specifics of their region’s climate, soil, and geography. Weathington will walk you through it all and will also have books available for purchase.

First Tuesday presentations are free with general garden admission. Admission for members is free, $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors 60+, $6.95 for children 2-12 and free for children under 2. Guests are encouraged to bring lunch or to buy a wrap or salad in The Garden Store to enjoy during the presentation in the Visitor Pavilion.

For more information visit http://www.dsbg.org/events/garden-events/public-garden-events/

Celebrate fathers all weekend on June 17 and 18. The Garden will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day with special activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  During this event, all fathers get free admission.

Family activities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. include lawn games and crafts for the kids. Guests can enjoy live music from noon to 2 p.m. A bourbon tasting will be held for $10 and guests can choose three to taste from an assortment of five bourbons (valid ID must be presented).

New this year, the garden will also host an all-you-can-eat Father’s Day Pig Roast by Ranucci’s Big Butt BBQ on June 18 from noon to 2 p.m. Live music will be provided Demperio Hertz. Tickets must be purchased at www.DSBG.org by Tuesday, June 13. Spots are limited. Tickets include admission to the Garden and are $25/garden member adult or $35/non-member adult and $15/garden member child 2-12 or $20/non-member child 2-12.

Garden admission applies to Father’s Day Weekend. Fathers and garden members are admitted free. For more information call 704-825-4490 or visit www.DSBG.org.

Tree tour in Old Salem

WINSTON-SALEM — Old Salem Museums & Gardens is offering a special walking tour, “New Growth of Summer” on June 22, noon-1:30 p.m. Toby Bost, certified arborist, horticulturalist, author and field faculty emeritus at N.C. State University, will guide this tour and the discussion of native trees in beautiful historic Old Salem.

Bost discusses not only characteristics of each species and historical uses, but also the value of trees in the landscape and how they might work in your yard. All participants will receive “A Walking Guide to the Trees of Old Salem.”

The walking tour usually takes 1 1/2 hours. The cost is $17 person. Limited space is available. Reservations are required and must be made in advance by calling 1-800-441-5305.

Comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle are recommended. Tours will depart from the Market-Fire Engine House on Salem Square.

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