Sunday, December 30, 2012

Create the Council Logo Competition: We need You!

Standing out has always been the "name of the game" for organizations and businesses to rise above the competition and media clutter!

Creating a logo is an essential first step to branding your business, and now is the time for the Durham Council of Garden Clubs to promote its "green" brand and help grow membership and financial support for our preservation, conservation and beautification projects.

The DCGC Publicity team (Marcia and Jennifer) announced during the November Council meeting that we are hosting a fun-spirited competition to create a new logo for the Council. This logo can then be transferred to banners, letterhead and other official marketing materials.

So put on your artist's apron and think about the images than can smartly represent our organization!
Please submit your design ideas to the new Council mailbox: Provide your contact information and any special instructions for our graphics team to enhance your logo ideas.
DEADLINE:  February 1, 2013 - prior to the February 5, Council Meeting.

At the Feb. Council Meeting, we will distribute a sheet of sample logos and conduct a vote of the top (6) designs. The top six logos will then be added to a paper ballot to be distributed at the March Joint Meeting (Mar. 5) for a final vote. The DCGC logo design winner will be announced during this meeting!
No limits on color and composition, but designs should translate clearly in black & white. Sample logos pictured contain the official NC butterfly (Eastern Yellow Swallow Tail) and official City of Durham flower (the daylily).

DCGC Launches new Twitter account

Twitter fans can now follow the Durham Council of Garden Clubs on Twitter!

Go to: or search for our account, DurhamCouncilGC.  

 The DCGC will be Tweeting all of our news and kudos to members (in addition to the Council Blog).

 Be sure to send your information to:, and we will publish your good works on all of our social media!

DCGC Twitter Page

Friday, December 21, 2012

Heritage has cookie bake and tasting at Maple Court

Classes at Witherspoon

These are the classes thru March.  Witherspoon has classes all year so contact them or go to their website for more information

Classes begin at 10am and are scheduled to take place at both the Durham and Charlotte locations unless otherwise specified.  See below for class descriptions and dates.

January 26, Saturday – Winter Fest!  Prepare yourself for this upcoming spring season with great sales on Garden Shop products and giftware.

February 2, Saturday How to Plant a Premium Rose Garden.  Interested in learning how Witherspoon plants a rose?  Join us February 2nd for a detailed demonstration of what it takes to plant a bareroot rose.
February 16, Saturday Prune Your Roses Right!  Pruning your roses is one of the more important tasks of proper rose care.  The correct procedure ensures the best possible growth for your rose bush.  Let Witherspoon Rose Culture demonstrate the best way to prune your roses.
February 23, Saturday Prune Your Roses Right!  Pruning your roses is one of the more important tasks of proper rose care.  The correct procedure ensures the best possible growth for your rose bush.  Let Witherspoon Rose Culture demonstrate the best way to prune your roses.

March 9, Saturday Fertilizing:  A Jumpstart for Your Roses.  Learn why Witherspoon Rose Culture’s Premium Fertilizer is our number one choice for roses.  Fertilizer is the fuel roses need for strong growth and large, healthy blooms. Fertilize your roses and be rewarded with beautiful flowers. 
March 30, Saturday Spice Up Your Life with Herbs:  An Herbal Workshop!   Thinking of starting an herb garden? Start here!   $20 fee includes a colorful container and an herb of your choice. Learn the basics of using and growing herbs.
Call to reserve your spot today!  1-800-643-0315

News from the Extension Office - classes

by Gene Carlone: Continuing Education

All Durham Garden Forum meetings are eligible for continuing
education credit. Individual sessions cost $10.00; membership
(May-April) costs $25.00. All sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. at the
Doris Duke Center at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, ending
promptly at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013: “Art in the Residential Garden,” with Jesse Turner, landscape architect;
Tuesday, February 19, 2013: “Perennials in the Garden,” with Pat Lindsay, former asst. professor of
landscape design, NCSU;
Tuesday, March 19, 2013: “Cut Flowers in the Home Garden,” with Dr. John Dole, professor of horticulture science, NCSU;
Tuesday, April 16, 2013: “Ground Covers,” with Doug Chapman of Plantworks.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
All EMGVs pay the “Friend” (as opposed to the “General
Public”) rate for classes. Extension gardener seminars are free
but registration is required. To register for classes and seminars
please call Sara Smith at (919) 668-5309. Please note: There is a
complete list of approved courses on the intranet.
Sunday, January 13, 2013: “Introduction to Home Orchard Production”;
Sunday, February 17, 2013: “Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Durham County.”

These free presentations are on Sundays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. at 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham. To register, please call (919) 560-7409.
Sunday, February 3, 2013: “Home Composting”;
Sunday, March 3, 2012: “Backyard Chickens—Eggs Over Easy”;
Sunday, April 28, 2013: “Container Gardening with Herbs.”

Friday, December 14, 2012


Members of the Garden Makers Garden Club planting one of the large planters at the Civic Center Plaza.  This is a project which they have worked at for several years, changing the flowers in four planters in the spring and the fall.  In the photo, they are standing at the entrance to the Carolina Theater.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012



On the 4th(yesterday) Woodland Garden Club, Henderson, NC had there Dec. club meeting at the Henderson Senior Center. They did there annual Christmas arrangement and decorated the center for the season. Afterwards, went to Ribeyes Steak House for a Christmas luncheon. They normally exchange gifts among themselves. This year they agreed to bring a present for a child in our local hospital which they did and couple of the members delivered them to the hospital.

Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday to everyone.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Poinsettia Project of Heritage Garden Club

Martha, Dutton, Marcia, Pat, Jean and Diane decorated the Durham VA Chapel with Poinsettias
on Nov 30 just in time for the Army Band to play a concert on Dec 2nd. This is the third year
Heritage has done this project.

“As the days get shorter and fall fades into winter, the Heritage Garden Club has found a unique way to honor our Veterans.  The slogan “We the People Celebrate those who fought for our freedoms and all we hold dear” is at the top of a list of over 100 individuals honored this holiday season.   The Heritage Garden Club, under the leadership of Ms. Marcia Loudon, donated over 100 Poinsettias to the Durham VA Medical Center’s Chapel.  The Heritage Garden Club procured, transported and arranged these beautiful poinsettias, and they have also pledged to water and tend to the plants several times a week throughout the holiday season.  Each poinsettia, donated by friends and families of Veterans in our community, brings joy to our hospitalized Veterans.   Please visit the Chapel and enjoy this wonderful tribute to Veterans.” From Rev. John Oliver and the VA Facebook page.