Thursday, May 30, 2013

June Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Container gardening in a cart
NC Botanical Gardens
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Growing Tomatoes!
Date: Sunday, June 2
Time: 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Al Cooke, Chatham County NC Cooperative Extension Agent, Ret.
Location: Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG): the University's garden that offers produce to low-income workers. For directions to CCCG:
Love your home grown tomatoes? Need help trouble-shooting and avoiding pest and disease problems on your tomatoes in the garden? This workshop focuses on gardening "best practices" that will help you grow the most perfect tomato crop. Fee: $20 ($15 NCBG members).

Plant Propagation (short course)
Tomatoes come in many tangy varieties!
Dates: Saturday, June 8
Time:  9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Instructor: Matt Gocke, NCBG Nursery/Greenhouse Manager
This short course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. No prerequisites. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

Shady Native Gardens
Date:  Saturday, June 8
Time:  1 - 2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Olivia Lenahan, Horticultural Scientist

This is a perfect workshop for a hot summer day! We will begin in the classroom with a discussion of natives that enjoy the shade, and follow with a walk-about in the Garden. An informational plant list will be provided. Fee: $30 ($25 NCBG members)

Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina
Date:  Wednesday, June 12
Time:  7 - 8:30 p.m.
Speaker: Philip Gerard, author of “Down the Wild Cape Fear”
Join us for this fascinating presentation describing adventures on the Cape Fear River, North Carolina's most important river system. Author Philip Gerard has written three novels and five books of nonfiction including The Patron Saint of Dreams and is professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He lives on Whiskey Creek near the Intracoastal Waterway and sails his sloop Suspense on the Atlantic Ocean. This lecture is free, but advance registration is required.

Creating a Pollinator Garden (a hands-on workshop)
Date: Tuesday, June 25
Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Grant Parkins, NCBG Natural Science Educator

With relatively little effort and expense, your garden can be transformed into a paradise for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This workshop will introduce you to some common pollinators and strategies for bringing them to your garden. Learn how to analyze your garden site, choose appropriate plants, and maintain a pollinator garden. You will also receive plant lists, step-by step instructions, and other resources to get started on your own pollinator garden. Fee: $35 ($30 NCBG members)

Bee, I'm Expecting You—a poetry reading
Date:  Sunday, June 30,
Time:  3 - 4:30 p.m.
Speaker:  Poet Jeffery Beam
It is said that bees are responsible for pollinating every third bite of food we eat! Poet Jeffrey Beam will be reading from his work and also poems from ancient Egypt, Sylvia Plath, Virgil, Pablo Neruda, and others . . . as well as sharing bee folklore and some of his art-song cycle collaboration with Lee Hoiby based on his "Life of the Bee" poems. Fee: $10 ($5 NCBG members)
JC Raulston Arboretum
Location:  Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC

Mastering Lightroom Digital Photography Workflow
Date:  Saturday, June 1
Time: 9 - 5 p.m.
A Full-day Seminar Presented by Tim Grey
Hosted by the Capital City Camera Club and the JC Raulston Arboretum

Plantsmen's Tour: “Summer Perennials"
Date:  Tuesday, June 11
Time:  9 -10:30 a.m.
Speaker: Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Workshop: "Summer Garden"
Date: Saturday, June 29
Time:  9 - 11 a.m.
Instructor: Jihye Schumann, American Institute of Floral Designers Member

Floral Design Workshop: "Contemporary Centerpiece"

Date: Saturday, June 29
Time:  1-3 p.m.
Instructor: Jihye Schumann, American Institute of Floral Designers Member

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St Durham, NC 27708  Please call 919-668-1707 to register.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens (4 week course)
Date: Saturday, June 01
Time: 10:00 AM
 Expand your palette of ornamental plants. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 40 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. Landscape designer Mary Musson will teach you identification skills, design use, and plant culture. Each student will receive a portfolio of photos showing the plants studied that season. This course runs through four Saturdays until the 6/29, excluding 6/22. Home Horticulture Certificate required course. $105; $85 Gardens members or Duke students/staff. To register, please call 919-668-1707.
Music in the Gardens: Jkutchma and The Five Fifths
Date:  Wednesday, June 05
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Outdoor shows will take place rain or shine on the lawn behind the Gardens' visitor center. Lawn chairs, picnics & blankets encouraged; dogs are not allowed. Food and beverages, including beer & wine, will be available for purchase. The lawn will open 30 minutes prior to the start of show. Parking is available in the Duke Gardens lots off of Anderson Street and is free after 5 p.m. Tickets: $12 general admission; $10 Duke students & employees; free for children 12-&-under

Walk on the Wild Side
Date: Thursday, June 6
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Hardy viner: Clematis viticella
Explore wild North Carolina in these walks through our Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Join curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick on the first Thursday of every month for discussions of seasonal interest. Please dress for the weather. $7; $5 for Gardens members and Duke students & staff. Registration required (parking fees apply). To register, or for more information, please call 919-668-1707..

Twining for You, Vines for Your Garden
Date: June 11
Time:  2:30 p.m.
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality in our Plants of Distinction series. In this session, Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, will cover how to effectively use vines to add personality to your garden. Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply. Horticulture Certificate elective. $7; $5 Gardens members and Duke students/staff. 

Durham Garden Forum
Meetings are held at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8 p.m.
Membership is $25 for the year (which runs April – March) or each lecture is $10. No preregistration is required. Contact information is

Container Gardening and Water Garden Containers
Date: Tuesday, June 18
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Learn about container gardening with Leanna Murphy. An informal group, the Durham Garden Forum meets once a month to enrich its members' gardening knowledge and skill. Presented in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension's Durham County Center. For membership information please email $10;  free for Forum members.

NC Extension Gardener Seminars
Complete program information at

Water Wise Gardening
Date: Sunday, June 2
Time: 3 - 4 p.m.
Location:  North Regional Library in Durham, 221 Milton Rd., Durham, NC 27712
Learn techniques for managing water in the garden from a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Water can get expensive and some years it is in short supply. Learn water conservation and management tips to help your plants thrive. To register call 919-560-0231.

In the Garden: Gourds, Squash and Pumpkins
Date:  Sunday, June 09
Time:  2 p.m.
Location:  Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Meet at the Burpee Learning Center in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden to work alongside an expert as you learn more about vegetable gardening. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Free, but pre-registration required.

Weeds - Friends or Foes?
Date: Sunday, Jun 23
Time: 3 – 4 p.m.
Location:  Durham South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713
Overwhelmed by weeds? Learn some basics about weed identification as well as management strategies for keeping these unwanted plants out of the garden. To register call 919-560-7409.

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