Fayetteville-City of Dogwoods
April 27-29, 2012
The 30th Annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival will offer something for everyone. Fireworks, amusements, entertainment, 5K/10K race, free admission and parking with shuttle service. There will also be craftspeople and artisans, local and national, to please your creative eye. You can check it out by going to faydogwoodfestival.com.
April 27, 2012
Big Band Music Lovers-take note. The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra will present the music of Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, etc at Hill Hall Auditorium at 8pm. Ticket cost is very friendly to your wallet. Check it out at ncjro.org/calendar.
Charlotte-UNC Botanical Gardens
April 20-21, 2012
A great chance to enhance your garden with native plants and unusual botanicals at one of the state's largest plant sales. Carnivorous plants, wildflowers, trees, shrubs,orchids plus lots more will be available. the public greenhouse and gardens of the Botanical Gardens benefit from this sale. Admission is free. The sale is from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. If you are unable to attend, urge your gardening friends in Charlotte to take advantage of this fun event.
April 13-15, 2012
Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour
11 of Wilmington's most beautiful private gardens will be open to tour. These gardens feature different styles with ideas to steal for our own home wonderlands. You will see formal gardens, unique outdoor living spaces plus landscapes with a contemporary touch. For further information go to azaleagardentour.org.
Further afield offerings for the Flower and Garden enthusiasts are:
Memphis Flower Show
This Garden Club of America Major Flower Show will be held the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. The Memphis Garden Club offers this flower show free of charge. Floral interpretations of early 1900s American Scene and Modernist paintings are the highlights. An exhibit of botanical photographs will also be presented.
Rochester, New York
May 11-20, 2012
Lilacs represent spring to me. I remember them from my grandmother's garden. Their glorious scent and the way they swayed softly in the breeze. If, like me, you have fond memories of lilac-time, you might want to take in this festival. It is a 10 day event with something for everyone in the family. It showcases the world's largest lilac collection, planted in 1892 by horticulturist John Dunbar. Flowers, vendors, food, music, etc lead up to the Lilac Parade with dancers and decorated floats.
Chelsea Flower Show
May 22-26, 2012
The sine qua non of flower shows. This world class event, presented by the Royal Horticultural Society on the grounds of Chelsea Royal Hospital, is where new plant varieties are introduced and botanical trends are launched. The Show Gardens designed by names of the horticultural world and selected members of the British gardening public are the keystone of this event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.