Summer at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a special time. The plants are in bloom and there is a wide variety of events for patrons of all ages to enjoy. One of these events is a summer series called Third Thursday. On July 20, the family-friendly Third Thursday is titled Garden Folk. The evening will feature folk music and author Mark Weathington, who wrote “Gardening in the South.” Admission is free with membership or paid admission.
The music will be provided by The Parsons. “The Parsons are a folk band that have been performing for over 25 years,” said Taryn Hughes, marketing manager at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. “Caroline Parson is a gifted songwriter, singer and bassist. Jon plays the banjo, guitars and mandolins. They will be performing from 6-9 p.m.” The gates open at 5 p.m. for this event.
The other half of the evening surrounds Mark Weathington and his book. Weathington is the director of the North Carolina State University’s J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh and an expert gardener. He has years of experience in a variety of regions. He has worked at coastal botanical gardens and at nurseries in the mountains.
This extensive experience allows him to easily address region-specific issues that can pop up in southern gardens. His book is intended for gardeners with some experience, but he will be available to answer all manner of questions. This is an opportunity to share a passion for gardening and maybe get some answers to difficult gardening questions.
In addition to the entertainment planned for the evening, Third Thursdays also invites patrons to enjoy the garden in a different light. The area is always beautiful, but enjoying the familiar trees and flowers in the cool evening is an entirely new way to appreciate what it offers. Additionally, each Third Thursday is a unique event with a different theme each month. In August, the theme is Latin Soirée.
Another way to enjoy the Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s evening beauty is the regular Wine & Whimsy events. The painting class is also held on the third Thursday of every month from 6-8 p.m. This month, the painting features dragonflies. Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase during the event. All artistic supplies and instruction is provided. Reservations are required as the class is limited to16 participants. All participants must be ages 16 and older. The class is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers.
These are just two examples of events that the Cape Fear Botanical Garden offers. Events span a variety of interests and are held varying times of day to fit a variety of schedules. Many events are focused on education, nature appreciation and health. Some events are specifically geared toward engaging children. Find out more at www.capefearbg.org.
PHOTO: Jon and Caroline Parson