Walking through the blooms donning your favorite warm-weather frock, or even getting your own hands dirty putting new skills to the test. Is there anything that could feel more like Spring? We’ve got the round-up of don’t miss Spring garden tours and events to fill your calendar this season. Our top five picks:
Art in the Garden Tour
Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, 1 – 4 p.m.
Embrace the beauty of six different area gardens while artists capture the scenes while painting “en plein air” during this weekend-long event presented by the Charlotte Garden Club. Participating gardens include private home gardens in the Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth, Hampton Leas, Madison Park and Huntcliffe neighborhoods.
Tour hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Top off the weekend of strolling with a celebration and plain art show at Mint Museum Randolph on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Read artist bios and learn more here. Advance pricing: $15 for members, $25 for non-members. Day of pricing: $20 for members, $30 for non-members.
Midwood Maynia and Home Tour
Friday, May 5-Saturday, May 6
Plaza Midwood Neighborhood
Midway Maynia kicks off with a Candlelight Home and Garden Tour from 6-8 p.m. You’ll get a tour of 10 neighborhood homes and gardens and enjoy offerings from local vendors. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the tour. Other weekend events include the Midwood Miles 5K, a parade and a full live music line-up.
Learn more and see the full schedule of events here.
Mother’s Day Weekend and Wine Walk
Saturday, May 13-Sunday, May 14
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Take Mom to the gardens this year for a weekend full of the things she loves most. On both Saturday and Sunday, moms and their families can enjoy a beautiful day among the blooms with live music, mimosas, carriage rides, family activities and more. Activities will go from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. The first 250 moms admitted each day will receive a free potted plant courtesy of Rountree Plantation Garden Center.
On Saturday, stroll through the gardens with a glass of wine in hand. The DSBG Wine Walk combines a wine tasting (five wines will be featured) and garden tour just in time forMother’s Day. Admission is free for mothers and garden members. Tickets are available online or by calling 704.825.1252.
Gardeners’ Garden Tour
Saturday, May 13
Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary
The Gardeners’ Garden Tour is back for its 23rd year at Wing Haven Gardens. The weekend features tours of Wing Haven, five picturesque private gardens as well as the Elizabeth Lawrence House and Gardens. Live music at Wing Haven sets the scene for a day of garden strolling on Saturday.
Tour hours are Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday 1- 5 p.m. Tickets are good for both days, and are $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. Learn more and start planning your visit here.
Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward Tour 2017
Saturday, May 20-Sunday, May 21
Fourth Ward Neighborhood
On May 21 and 22, gates to the gardens of one of Charlotte’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods will welcome guests for tours. The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward gives a one-of-a-kind glimpse into private gardens, courtyards, rooftop terraces and other outdoor living spaces to visitors and locals alike. Stroll the sidewalks while exploring vibrant public art, historic homes and other points of interest along the route.
Tour hours are from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Through April 30, ticket price is $15. Beginning May 1, tickets are $20 each. Purchase online, at Alexander Michael’s Restaurant & Tavern and at Park Road Books.