|Botanical illustration by Maria Sibylla Merian, c. 1917.|
The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
The DO’s (and some Don’ts) of Pruning
Jan.18, 2-5 p.m.
This will be an informative workshop on the DO’s, DO’s, DO’s of pruning. Participants will be instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper timing of pruning. In this workshop the main focus will be on, but not limited to, trees and shrubs. Pruning is beneficial to the overall health of plants, as well as, stimulating new growth and flowering. Participants will spend the first half of the workshop learning about these benefits. The second half will be applying this knowledge and technique with hands-on activities. Fee: $20 Public ($15 NCBG Member).
Location: Ruby C. Mc Swain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.
"The Road Goes Ever On—Travels in New Zealand"
Jan. 9, 7:30–9 p.m.
Mark's trip to Taiwan was canceled due to Super Typhoon Usagi, but he still visited New Zealand in fall 2013 to speak at a conference and to travel throughout the country looking for some great new plants. See the highlights from his trip in this whirlwind travelogue.
Cost: Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Jan. 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
http://gardens.duke.edu/events. Please call 919-668-1707 to register.
Gain new skills and knowledge or refresh your skills in this introductory class taught by the Durham Beekeeping Club. You will learn about bees as garden partners and be introduced to the necessary equipment, how to select bees, and the basics of annual management and maintenance in a class that meets over two Saturdays, Jan. 11 and 18. Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 20. $40; $30 Gardens members and Duke students/staff. Home Horticulture Certificate elective course. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.
|Winter Gardens, Jan. 18 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.|
Jan. 13, 6:30 p.m.
Using a shared book or issue of interest, the group will enjoy friendly conversation and debate about natural history topics. Bring a dinner and your opinions; discussion will follow! Free. Registration required. Location: Doris Duke Center. Information: 919-668-1707.
Work with nature in your garden; it is so much easier, and so much healthier! This program was developed by the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to give you step-by-step information about assessing your garden's health, studying the drainage and water and, finally, making wise choices in plants and other materials. Jan Little, Duke Gardens' director of education and public programs, will guide participants through the development of a sustainability plan for their home sites in this five session class, meeting from Jan. 15 through Feb. 12.
Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 15. $180; $145 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Horticulture Certificate elective course. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.
The winter season is a beautiful time to identify plants. They are pared down to their essence and you can enjoy the bark and twig colors, the buds holding next year's growth, and the seeds remaining from the previous growing season. Join ecologist and local naturalist Jeffrey Pippen to examine the structures, identifying features and unique beauty of the winter landscape while you practice using a plant key.
Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 12. $18; $15 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Home Horticulture Certificate elective course. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.
Winter is the time to slow down in the garden, evaluate the season and plan for next year. In this class, instructor Andy Currin, Duke University's campus horticulturist, will focus on winter season strategies, including sowing winter cover crops and extending your growing season with cold frames and other techniques.
Class includes indoor discussion and outdoor practice in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. It will meet on three Tuesdays, Jan. 21 through Feb. 4, and Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Class textbook is included for those beginning this series. Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 15. $85; $70 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Home Horticulture Certificate elective course. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.
With photos of "good" and "bad" gardens, landscape architect Jeff Evans will discuss common problems in the home landscape, presenting other design choices to consider. Together the class will identify solutions and learn of ways to fix the flaws. Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 25. $15; $12 Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.
Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Winter
|Garden Journaling, Jan. 12, at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.|
Membership is $25 for the year (which runs April – March) or each lecture is $10. No preregistration is required. Contact information is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about camellias at the Durham Garden Forum. Presented in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension's Durham County Center. Speaker will be Mark Weathington from the J.C. Raulston Arboretum.
Durham Co. Master Gardeners
Presentation by Sara Smith will be held at Durham County Cooperative Extension Building, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701.
Learning to effectively use a garden journal will make gardening easier and more enjoyable. Presented by Master Gardeners of Durham County. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center.
Location: Doris Duke Center. Free. Registration required. Parking fees apply. Information/registration: 919-668-1707.