Spring Celebration Events around the Wilmington and Carolina Beach, NC area are coming up quick. One in particular that is of great interest to me is Saturday March 26-9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday March 27-10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the Poplar Grove Plantation’s 20th Annual HERB & GARDEN FAIR. Poplar Grove Plantation was once one of the oldest existing peanut plantations in North Carolina, opened in 1980 as a Museum this old plantation is just north of Carolina Beach, NC at 10200 US Highway 17 N., Wilmington, NC 28411 (910) 686-9518
During this annual rite of spring speakers and instructors share their expertise on bird watching, gardening, cooking, nature and much more.
Saturday March 26-Scheduled Class times and fees (if any)
9:00 AM Bird Hike-Andy Wood
An informative bird hike with Andy, Education Director of Audubon NC, through the Abbey Nature Preserve.
11:00 AM Managing Garden & Landscape Pests Organically-Charlotte Glen
Charlotte, horticulture agent for NC Cooperative Extension in Pender Co., will focus on managing insects and diseases in the garden and landscape without synthetic chemicals. Plant selection, soil preparation, and plant care practices to avoid pest problems, as well as organic products will be covered.
1:00 PM Spring-Time Comfort Food-Susan Boyles (Additional $10.00 to cover lunch)
Susan, chef and co-owner of The Seasoned Gourmet, presents this cooking class and offers a delicious lunch! Herbed Tomato Stew w/ Rosemary Croutons; Poached Chilled White & Sweet Potato Salad over Greens w/ Tarragon Vinaigrette; Goat Cheese Lemon Basil Tartlets.
2:30 PM Tropical Gardens of Cornwall-Susan Hart
Join Susan, garden columnist for the Wilmington Star News and native of England, as she takes you on a tour of the gardens of Cornwall, England. Inspiring you to grow your own tropical garden!
3:30 PM Natural Lawn Care-Evan Folds
Evan is the founder and president of 3 gardening companies; Progressive Gardens, A Natural Approach & Progress Earth. Lawns are the most irrigated and polluted crop in the US. Offering a different perspective on lawn care, Evan presents a viewpoint that can be utilized from beginners to professionals.
Sunday March 27- Scheduled Class times and fees (if any)
11:00 AM Backyard Rain Gardens-Ted Wilgis
Learn about backyard rain gardens and how you can reduce the amount of storm water coming from your property. Ted, Coastal Education Coordinator for the NC Coastal Federation, will provide information on how to plan, build, install native plants and maintain a backyard rain garden and more.
1:00 PM Italian Spring Feast-Susan Boyles (Additional $10.00 covers lunch)
Join Chef Susan, co-owner of The Seasoned Gourmet, for this cooking class and eat a feast! Crab & Basil Crostini; Herbed “Sunday Gravy”; Chicken over Pasta; Mascarpone Cream, Pear & Balsamic Parfait.
2:30 PM Herb Gardening 101-Margaret Shelton
Learn to grow your own herbs from our local expert, Meg, founder of Shelton Herb Farm in Brunswick Co. Everything you need to know to start growing and harvesting your own fresh, tasteful and nutritious herbs will be introduced.
While at the Poplar Grove Plantation be sure to visit the PLANT and GARDEN SALE with a wide array of vendors featuring a super selection of annuals, herbs, perennials, garden and nature art, herbal products, hanging baskets, vegetable plants, shrubs and trees, plus North Carolina wine and food products, local arts & crafts and more.
Food and beverage concessions will be available on site.
Admission to this event is $5.00 per person (ages 15 & up, under 15 is free with an accompanying participant). Your $5.00 fee includes admission to the Plant & Garden Sale and all classes with the exception of the cooking classes.
Call (910) 686-9518 to sign up early for the cooking classes as they are limited.
We have begun to replant our flower pots on the porches in preparation for the spring season. The Beacon House Inn bed and breakfast and Cottages here in Carolina Beach, NC is the perfect location to rejuvenate and renew your spirit for a weekend. Take a stroll on the beach, soak up some sunshine, visit Poplar Grove Plantation, tour Historic Downtown Wilmington or do absolutely NOTHING at all while here at our Carolina Beach, NC bed and breakfast for your North Carolina Weekend Getaway.