Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc: April 9-11

The Annual Board of Director's Meeting of The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. will be held April 9-11, 2017 in Greensboro, NC. Accommodations and meeting site is the Embassy Suites, 204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC.
Phone: 336.668.4535.
Guest Speakers include:
  • Ellen Ashley, Educator, Speaker, Blogger, Garden Enthusiast - “Growing Your Own Arrangement”
  • Workshop – NC Native Plants (How to plant and take care of them) – Hanna Smith, Guilford  County Cooperative Extension
  • Workshop – “Spring by Botanica” – Arrangements for Easter and Passover- Scott Jackson or Cindy Tole, Botanical Flowers
  • Sandra H. Robinson, National Garden Clubs, Inc. President
Forms and meeting schedule can be downloaded from GCNC website:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Added Adult Sarah P. Duke Gardens Programs: March 23-31

Sarah P Duke Gardens' William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham, NC, 27705.
Register for all programs at 919-668-1707.

An Herbal Primer
2 Wednesdays, March 22 & 29, 6:30-9 p.m.
Instructor: Lauri Lawson, horticulturist and garden designer
Participant limit: 15
What’s the answer for low-maintenance, tough plants, resistant to deer and most pests, and user friendly? An herb garden! Join Lauri in this quick overview of herbs and their culture, maintenance and uses. Lauri will also discuss design and harvest strategies to give you all the tools necessary to begin your own herb garden.
Fee: Gardens members $48; general public $60.
Tue, March 28, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Annual Taimi Anderson Lecture: Planting in a Post-Wild World
Thursday, March 30, 7-9 p.m.
with Claudia West, MLA, author and ecological sales manager, Northcreek Nurseries, PA
Lecture and book signing reception. Book available for purchase that evening, and Claudia will sign books after the lecture.
Fee: free to Gardens members and Duke University students; general public $10
Small Group Workshop: Planting in a Post-Wild World
Friday, March 31, 9:30-3 p.m.
with Claudia West, MLA, author and ecological sales manager, Northcreek Nurseries, PA
Fee: Gardens members $80; general public $99. Includes all handouts and lunch.
Participant limit: 25

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

2017 Joint Meeting Highlights: Vegative Arrangements by NC Florists

Fayetteville florist Bill McPhail designs a "Brush Stroke"
bouquet that he will display in his mother's
antique blue milk glass vase.

Gary Corsi-O'Conner of Flowers by Gary in Durham creates
a springtime display using "vegative" techniques which incorporates
backyard elements like twigs and moss.
Two dynamic North Carolina florists presented a workshop featuring a dozen top European trending floral designs at the 2017 Spring Joint Meeting of the Durham Council of Garden Clubs. Eight Durham Garden Clubs were represented by 80 members at the St. Paul's Evangelical Church in Durham. Catering was provided by the Town & Country Garden Club; the shamrock-themed meeting tables were designed by the Durham Council Executive Board.
Keynote speakers Gary Corsi-O'Conner and Bill McPhail, both past presidents of the NC Florist Association, conducted a lively floral design workshop featuring "vegative" techniques that incorporates common backyard elements like moss and twigs or common perennials into arrangements. (Moss should first be dried out to allow insects to vacate, cautioned Corsi-O'Connor.) Each florist took turns making arrangements in the top four European design trends: "Fragrant Fields," "Brush Strokes," "Urban Luxe" and "Modern Vibe." Common floral preservative agents the men said they use include: Alum, Clorox®, and Crowning Glory. The florists also shared various wedding and funeral orders that came with unusual color requests in which Just for Flowers dye can create the color shade. Corsi-O'Connor reflected the floral industry is always changing with (not always) modern tastes. A native Southerner, he said the Mason jar trend is starting to fade, and 20 years ago he never would have expected people all over the US would have sought them for vase material.
Garden Clubbers from across Durham assembled for the 2017 Spring Joint Meeting.
Photos by J.S. Corser, Editor, Durham Co. Master Gardener.

Spring Lawn Care Maintainence Checklist

 Purple Henbit Lamium amplexicaule.
By Hannah Bundy
NC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

NCSU Extension Gardener, Spring 2017

With spring on the way, we’re all itching to get out in our yards. So what can we do in late winter and early spring for proper lawn care? Now is a good time to work on weed control for those pesky winter weeds. Winter weeds include the bright-purple-flowered henbit, burrweed, and chickweed. You can apply your lawn herbicides with active ingredients of 2,4-D, mecoprop, and dicamba from February to March. No matter what products you use, remember to read the label on the container to ensure that you use the product properly and avoid any unintended consequences. Be aware that preemergent herbicides are only effective on annual grasses and so will not have any serious effects on the perennial weeds in your yard.

 If your yard has any serious pest or disease damage or any environmental issues (such as our drought this past summer and fall), using preemergent herbicides can result in an even slower recovery period for your desired grass stand. If you are attempting to manage your turf with organic practices but still keep the weed pressure down, building up a dense and healthy stand of the desired grass species is the best approach.

As always, best management practices and a combined technique of mowing at the proper height and proper frequency, fertilizing at the correct times of year and at the proper rates for your grass, and controlling thatch and soil compaction are some of the most effective tools in your lawn care tool belt. To know how to best care for your specific soil, have a soil test done. Testing will provide you with recommendations for nutrients and amendments to add to your soil for optimal care of your turf.