Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Asian Gardens in Sydney, Australia. Photo: J.S. Corser
 NC Botanical Gardens
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
The Rarest Plants of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
Friday, May 10, 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunchtime series . . . bring your lunch & listen!)
Today is National Public Gardens Day! Find out about North Carolina's rarest and endemic plant species from across the state and what we know about them. Laura Gadd, Botanist with the NC Natural Heritage Program, will review the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program's methodology and what they do to track these rare species of plants. Free, but advance registration required.
Life and Spirit of a Kyoto Garden
Sunday, May 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Tenryu-ji:The Life and Spirit of a Kyôto Garden (2012, Stonebridge Press) is Professor Norris Johnson's (UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus, Anthropology) book on the life history and aesthetics of a Zen Buddhist temple garden in Kyôto, Japan. His presentation places experience of that garden within a spiritual/cultural/aesthetic context, with emphasis on people - garden relationships. In particular, an emphasis on garden stones with plants urges a sustainable style of gardening. He illustrates and interprets this idea of garden through examples from Japanese animistic conceptions of and ritualized behaviors toward stones, both naturally occurring and placed by people. Professor Johnson speaks to the vital importance to humanity of the idea of garden itself. A suggested reading guide will be provided. Free, but advance registration required.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC
Triangle Bonsai Expo
Hosted by the Triangle Bonsai Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
May 4, 2013 (Saturday) – 10:00–5:00 p.m.
May 5, 2013 (Sunday) – 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"Going to Carolina for My Mind … and the Plants!"
Jared Barnes, Graduate Student, NC State University
May 9, 2013 (Thursday) – 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Plantsmen's Tour
"Spring Explosion"
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
May 14, 2013 (Tuesday) – 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Tour: Architectural Trees Nursery
John Monroe, owner, Architectural Trees
This specialty nursery has a very broad selection of plants. John’s goal is to locate, grow and promote ornamental trees particularly suited to the Piedmont of North Carolina. Join us to enjoy learning about the structural beauty of unusual trees, including weeping, upright, contorted, or dwarf trees. John will discuss his goals for the nursery and the challenges of producing quality landscape plants.
Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am-noon | Location: directions to this Bahama location
will be sent | Participant limit: 15 | Fee: $23; Friends $18
Durham Garden Forum
Meetings are held at Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Tuesday Evenings from 6:30-8:00pm.
Membership is $25 for the year (which runs April – March) or each lecture is $10. No preregistration is required. Contact information is
May 21 - Attracting Pollinators to the Garden
Debbie Roos, Horticulture agent of Chatham County
NC Extension Gardener Seminars:
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
(FREE); registration requested. 919-668-1707
Complete program information at
Time: Sunday afternoons from 2 – 4 pm.
Location: Doris Duke Center
May 5 - Worms in My Garden: Vermicomposting
May 19 - The Buzz About Bees
Durham South Regional Library
4505 South Alston Ave, Durham NC 27713
(FREE); to register call (919) 560-7409
Time: Sunday afternoons from 3:00 -4:00pm
May 19 - Shade Gardening
Durham North Regional Branch Library
221 Milton Road, Durham, NC 27712-2223
(FREE) to register call: (919) 560-0231
Time: Sunday afternoons from 3:00 -4:00pm
May 5 - Outsmarting the Garden Critters

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