Spring in North Carolina can be an exciting time. The state’s growing focus on green living and beautification makes for a relatively full calendar of state and city-sponsored events focused on exploring ways in which people can contribute to the local environment and enjoy the ever-more-beautiful municipal parks. Greensboro is especially focused on these aspects of its city’s culture. Greensboro Beautiful, an organization established to encourage more cooperation in the city’s ecological well-being, sponsors several educational and recreational events during the spring season, using the city’s excellent public indoor and outdoor venues like the Greensboro Historical Museum, the beautiful Greensboro Arboretum, the Wildlife Education Center, and the new Gateway Gardens facility.
Most of the educational events focused on gardening are free, and some are appropriate for children and families. One of these, the Butterfly Gardening event (March 15, 12 PM, Greensboro Historical Museum) , focuses on ways to plant butterfly-friendly gardens even in drought conditions (as most North Carolina residents know, rain can frequently be a rare and precious commodity during the warmer months of the year), and is aimed toward families who wish to instill a love of nature and gardening in their children. Another event, Family Vegetable Garden Day (March 5, 10 AM, Kathleen Clay Branch Library) , is also designed for family attendance, offering fun and educational activities for children while their parents learn about vegetable gardening techniques and about the unique advantage of vegetable gardening in North Carolina: the hospitable North Carolina climate which allows vegetable gardening in three seasons. Other programs like Money Saving Edible Landscapes (March 15, 17, & 24) and Culinary Herbs (April 5, 7, & 10) similarly focus on household food sustainability.
As spring progresses, the blooms in North Carolina become more and more abundant, and Greensboro’s public gardens are the perfect places to enjoy them as the weather becomes more inviting. The opening of the most recent public development, Gateway Gardens (April 10, 2-5 PM) , seems like a perfect opportunity to really welcome spring’s arrival. Activities for hobbyists, like the Birding Basics workshop (June 9, 12, & 14) and Butterflies and Moths class (May 10, 12, & 22), provide information about local wildlife for those interested in recreational study.
One of the season’s final events, the Parisian Promenade (June 5, 1-5 PM, Tanger Bicentennial Garden), is the crown jewel of Greensboro’s spring event offerings. It encompasses many different aspects of Greensboro culture, from visual art displays by local artists, performances by local musicians, and activities and displays that people of all ages can enjoy, including a poodle parade.
Spring is best enjoyed outdoors, and Greensboro is a great place to engage in the spirit of the season. All of these events are educational and entertaining, and encourage people of the area to enjoy everything the city has to offer.
Greensboro Beautiful Calendar of Events – For more information about times and locations of spring events.