Sunday, March 30, 2014
Nurseries expect high demand, as gardeners replace plantings damaged by the freeze and all that salt
WSJ, March 25, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
NC Botanical Gardens
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
April 6, 1:30-3 p.m.
Get ready for summer! The Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) is the learning laboratory for this workshop. We’ll cover what vegetables to plant for a summer garden; when to start planting; tips on trellising, staking and organic methods of pest control; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Following the workshop, plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corp! Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members; Free to UNC Students) For directions to CCCG: http://ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden/
Sweet Peas - Seed SurpriseApril 9, 10-11 a.m.
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets. Space is limited. No strollers or non-registered siblings, please.
Lunch and Learn: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Waterwise LandscapersApril 10, Noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Water—it’s a resource our community can’t take for granted, and it is essential for the health and vitality of our landscape. Patrick Davis provides an overview of water use in our community and the importance of water conservation. Seven key strategies of waterwise landscaping will be discussed—strategies that help achieve a beautiful, healthy landscape that needs minimal supplemental irrigation and that does not result in adverse runoff to our streams and lakes.
Behind-the-Scenes tour: Green Building of the LEED Platinum Education CenterApril 12, 1-2 p.m.
In recognition of National Environmental Education Week (http://www.eeweek.org/ee-week), April 13–19, join us for a free behind-the-scenes tour of North Carolina’s first state-owned LEED Platinum building. One of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the Southeast, the Garden’s Education Center provides a unique opportunity to learn about green building practices. On this 45-minute tour, you will learn about the Education Center’s energy conservation, renewable energy use, stormwater management systems, and site-appropriate landscaping. Begins in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Center. Free, but space is limited, so please register in advance.
Sims Native Plant Lecture, 'Wildflower Ecology: A Step Beyond Identification'April 13, 2:30- 4 p.m.
While it’s fun to know the names of wildflowers, it’s also satisfying to learn about the many interesting ways that plants adapt to their environments. In this presentation, Tim helps us learn to interpret common features of native plants. For example, have you ever wondered why flowers are so incredibly variable in size, color, shape, and fragrance? Why fruits change color as they age, and why some fruits are sweet and others are not? Seeking answers to such questions adds a powerful new dimension to your understanding and appreciation of wildflowers as well as another layer of fun! Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, native plant gardener, hiker, and professor of botany at Clemson University, where he teaches field botany and plant ecology. Tim received a PhD in Botany from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, he is the author of the award-winning Wildflowers and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont (UNC Press, 2011). Tim and his spouse, Lisa Wagner, divide their time between Clemson, SC, and Asheville, NC, where they’ve transformed their lawns into meadows, shrub borders, and woodlands featuring native plants. Free, but please register in advance. Reception and book signing follows lecture.
Cultivating a Backyard Medicine GardenApril 26, 9:30- 11:30 a.m.
Planting a medicinal garden is one of the most effective ways to beautify and enhance your landscape while improving health. Plant herbs outside your door to use in making a tea or adding to your spring salads. From immune system boosters to seasonal allergy remedies, there is an amazing world of plants that can reduce common ailments and boost your overall energy—come learn about it with us! Join Bountiful Backyards and Vital Bloom Botanicals as we explore the Top Ten Easy-to-Grow medicinal plants for shade and sun and answer your questions. Participants will take home potted plants for their own gardens. Fee: $35 ($30 NCBG members).
JC Raulston Arboretum
Location: Ruby C. Mc Swain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.
Raulston Blooms! A Garden Festival for All Ages
April 5, 9–5 p.m.
What is it? Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats at Raulston Blooms! We 're rolling out the red carpet for members, home gardeners, families, and children by offering a day that's packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.
Plantsmen's Tour: "Viburnums and Azaleas"
April 8, 1:-2:30 p.m.
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Few shrubs are as prized in southern gardens as viburnums and azaleas for spring flowers. While there are many selections available to gardeners, not all are great performers. We'll look at some of our favorite performers during this tour of the JCRA at its floral peak.CostFree for members, $5.00 for nonmembers.
Third Annual Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 12, 10–2 p.m.; Sunday, April 13, 1–4 p.m.
Monday, April 14, 10-3 p.m.; Tuesday, April 15, 10–3 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16, 10–3 p.m.; Thursday, April 17, 10–3 p.m.
Friday, April 18, 10–3 p.m.; Saturday, April 19, 10–2 p.m.
Sunday, April 20, 1–4 p.m.; Monday, April 21, 10–3 p.m.
Welcome Spring this year with the Third Annual Spring Egg Hunt! The fun starts on April 12 and stays until April 21.
This isn't your typical egg hunt! In case you haven't participated before, here is how it works.
There are brightly painted wooden eggs hidden throughout the Arboretum gardens. Begin your hunt by picking up an answer sheet in the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center during open hours. Search the Arboretum for the hidden eggs and write down the letters you find on them. After unscrambling the letters, come back to the visitor's center during staffed hours to tell us the secret word and receive a small prize.
This is a self-guided, fun family activity for all ages. The eggs won't be tricky, so no need to climb the trees or dig in the mulch. Just come with your sense of adventure and a little bit of spring fever. No baskets or reservations required! All ages are welcome.
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture: "The Horticultural Legacy of John L. Creech"
|April 19, 10-11:30 a.m. |
Leah Chester-Davis, Extension Communication Specialist, NC State University
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.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens420 Anderson St Durham, NC 27708
http://gardens.duke.edu/events. Please call 919-668-1707 to register.
Zoom in Series: Magnolias
April 2, 5:30-7 p.m.
Explore plants from a “Zoom In” perspective. In this outdoor lab you will look at the architecture of a plant, learning what makes each unique. Learn to distinguish a variety of plants and about the amazing structures that make each plant unique. Join us for one “Zoom In” session, or all. Enjoy meeting one of the oldest flowering plants, the Magnolias, with Robert Thornhill, local plant ecologist. This ancient plant seems to have evolved before pollinating bees came on the scene. Robert will give you a glimpse into ancient times and how the magnolia survived.
Location: Meet at the Doris Duke Center.
Participant limit: 12. Fee: $15; Gardens members $12. Sign up for the entire series for $50; Gardens members $40. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com.
Farm-to-Fork Garden Picnic Dinner
April 3, 6-8 p.m.
The beginning of spring is something to celebrate. Join us at the Gardens for an al fresco picnic dinner paired with fresh wines for the new season in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden (weather permitting). The menu by Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint will feature include fresh, sustainably caught fish and seafood skillfully prepared by smoking, pickling, cooking or grilling. It will also feature garden-sourced vegetables, salads and relishes.
Taste a lineup of six picnic-friendly wines from Wine Authorities from crisp, vibrant whites and bright, lively rosés to lithe reds that show that you can host the dinner you want and satisfy all wine palates, too! The food and wine will be discussed as each selection is served family style at the picnic tables in the garden. Enjoy an amazing dinner and pick up a few ideas for your summer backyard feasts. Fee: $70; Gardens members $55.
Plants of Distinction: The Terraces Preview
April 15, 2:30-4 p.m.
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. “The Terraces Preview” will be led by Mike Owens, curator of the Duke Gardens' Historic Gardens. The Terraces are re-planted several times over the course of a growing season. Walk through this garden with Mike to learn which plant combinations to watch this season. Sign up separately for each Plants of Distinction session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sections.
Location: Meet at Doris Duke Center. Fee: $7; Gardens members $5. 4-class series: $24; Gardens members $16.
“Ginkgo: The Tree that Time Forgot”
Thu, April 17, 2014, 6:30-8 p.m.
Ginkgo trees have been here since the time of dinosaurs. Widespread throughout the world until glaciation, the ginkgo was once thought to be extinct. But this plant survived the ice age, becoming a little-known living relic that was rediscovered in China some thousand years ago. Sir Peter Crane joins us for this annual Taimi Anderson Lecture to tell of ancient times, natural history and people, weaving a tale that the New Scientist says will make you want to go out and hug a ginkgo. We will supply a map to all of the Gardens’ ginkgo trees.
Sir Peter Crane is dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and professor of botany at Yale University, former director of the Field Museum in Chicago (1992 to 1999), and former director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (1999-2006).
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Location: Doris Duke Center. Fee: $15; Gardens members $10; Duke students $5.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plants and Preservation
Tue, April 22, 2014, 6:30 PM to 8:00 p.m.
Rob Evans, plant ecologist with North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
Durham Co. Master Gardeners & Durham Cooperative Extension Programs
This class is free / Registration is required.
When: April 6, 3-5 p.m.
Where: South Regional Library, 4505 Alston Avenue, Durham
Contact: Cathy Starkweather 919-560-7410
Garden Journals: Past, Present, and Future
Strategies to help you accomplish your gardening goals. This class is free / Registration is required.
When: April1 3, 3-4 p.m.
Where: North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road, Durham
Contact: Shelley Geyer (919) 560-0237 | Fax (919) 560-0246
Briggs Avenue Community Garden Series – NC Sweet Potatoes: From Bed to Table
Make plans to grow these favorites in containers or garden. This class is free / Registration is required.
April 26, 10-11:00 a.m.
Where: Durham county Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham
Contact: Pana Jones 919-560-0525 or email@example.com
Friday, March 21, 2014
|"Durham Gardening for Yankees" focuses|
on techniques like raised beds. Photo by Leanna Murphy Domo.
Durham County Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Volunteers are gardening enthusiasts who complete advanced, research-based consumer horticulture courses developed by NC State University and volunteer 40+ hours annually. EMG Volunteers assist Durham’s Consumer Horticulture Agent, answering public questions, offering research-based advice and sharing horticulture knowledge.
The Speakers’ Bureau presentations and demonstrations listed below are FREE and can vary in length from 30-90 minutes. Content may be customized to fit the audience interests or talk length. EMG talks are available for garden club, civic, faith, or workplace groups.
Program Chairs can contact EMG Nan Len: (919) 620-0226, email: Nan-Len@nc.rr.com to schedule their speaker events. (One program is available per club per year. Please offer two club dates to give the best flexibility to working and business-traveling EMGs.)
General Gardening Topics
- Durham Gardening for Yankees – New in town? Learn about the Piedmont climate, soils, water, light and plants.
- Gardening 101 – New to gardening? Get off to a good start in the garden with these fundamentals.
- Backyard Chickens – Build a coop, care for, and feed chickens in accordance with Durham County regulations.
- How to Start a Community Garden – Want to establish a community garden, but don’t know where to begin? Here’s why, how and where to build a community garden.
- Gardening with Children – Learn ways to share your passion with the next generation of gardeners! We’ll suggest activities to help make gardening fun for all ages.
- Trees in the Urban Landscape – Locate, choose, and plant trees successfully in Durham County… and avoid common mistakes!
- Landscape Workshop: Creating Curb Appeal – Create a pleasing curb appeal design for your home using a few design basics.
- Rain Gardens – Understand, plan, and install a rain garden.
- Tips and Preparation for a Spring Garden – Put together your spring gardening “to-do” list.
- Attracting Birds, Bees, and Butterflies – Invite birds, bees, and butterflies into your garden.
- The Buzz about Bees – Learn the basics of beekeeping
- Worms in My Garden: Vermicomposting – Use worms to recycle organic materials into a valuable soil amendment for plants and crops.
- Cultivating a Garden of Acid Lovers: Azaleas, Rhododendrons, and Camellias – Provide the perfect environment for these southern favorites.
- Gardening with Native Plants – Discover the benefits of native plants, and then be inspired by a pictorial sampling of both shade- and sun-loving plants.
- Ornamental and Sensory Plant Design – Choose plants that will introduce emotions, symbols, and colors into your garden.
- Bloom Sequence – Choose and cultivate a variety of flowering plants that will provide color throughout the year.
- Plan and Plant a Cutting Garden at Home – Plan, prepare, and plant a cutting garden using annuals and perennials.
- Edible Flowers – Identify, grow, and prepare edible flowers.
Remedies to Garden Dilemmas
- Outsmarting the Critters: Deer, Moles, Ants, Rabbits, and other Creatures – Deter and manage pests through Integrated Pest Management techniques.
- Weeds: Friends or Foes? – Manage weeds effectively through proper identification.
- Dealing with Drought – Arm yourself with a variety of tools that will help you cope with drought.
- Fire Ants – Learn all about fire ants and how to control them.
- Deterring Deer – Utilize multiple approaches to garden successfully in “deer country.”
Vegetables and Herbs
From the novice to seasoned gardener, there’s a vegetable gardening talk for you! Choose from any of these talks:
- Growing Vegetables and Herbs in Durham County
- Planning and Planting a Cool Season Garden
- Cool Season Vegetables (Spring and Fall Crops)
- Growing Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
- Love that Lettuce
- NC Sweet Potatoes: From Bed to Table
- Summer Southern Favorites: Tomatoes and Okra
- Crawlin’ Cucurbits: Gourds, Squashes, Pumpkins
Interested in gardening but you little space? Want to dress up your porch or patio? Do you like to have culinary herbs just outside your doorstep? There are many reasons to try container gardening!
Available talks include:
- Container Gardening – Blooms, Herbs, and Vegetable
- Container Gardening – Focus on Herb
- Vegetable Gardening in Containers
- Container Gardening and Water Container Gardening
- Container Garden Design Around the World
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
|Keep Durham Beautiful will be hosting |
Arbor Day activities for the entire family.
- Plant a tree: Community Tree Planting of 30 Trees
- Tree Seedling Giveaway
- See Tree Pruning and Tree climbing demonstrations
- Youth can climb a tree using ropes and a harness
- Talk with Durham Master Gardeners
- Get information on clean and healthy creeks from Creek Week Sponsors and conduct a “Creek Investigation”
- Participate in creek and park litter cleanup
Location: Rockwood Park, 2310 Whitley Drive, Durham, 27707.
Questions: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-354-2729
Special Thanks to City of Durham Urban Forestry and County Strategic Plan for providing the Tree Seedlings!
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Friday, March 14, 2014
|Slide Show: Green With Envy View Slideshow|
To move this 1937 greenhouse from a property in Woodside, Calif., to a Napa Valley vineyard, a team disassembled, moved, sandblasted, repainted and then reassembled the structure. Drew Kelly for The Wall Street Journal
By Julia Flynn Siler
WSJ, March 13, 2014
For the first time this January, Charles L. and Joan Blanksteen soaked in their steamy hydrotherapy pool while gazing at the deep banks of snow around them. Separating the Blanksteens and their pool from the freezing weather was a 616-square-foot, all-glass structure with slate floors and space for a dining table that can seat 20. Soon, they will be sharing the space with a small jungle of orchids and fresh herbs.
The first greenhouses were built by the ancient Romans. In Victorian England, possessing a room where citrus trees could bloom midwinter was a luxury that few but the Downton Abbey set could afford. Hobby greenhouses enjoyed a boom in the U.S. a few decades ago, but as middle-class homeowners have struggled in recent years, the industry has contracted.
James F. Zoppo, a 66-year-old horticulturalist, added a custom Victorian-style conservatory to his home in Sharon, Mass. Over the past year, he and his wife, Sharon, have also built a 4,000-square-foot commercial greenhouse for their collection of exotic plants. For the personal "green room" attached to their home, the Zoppos added a wood-burning stove to keep their dining guests toasty in the event of a power outage.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
|After all of the snow and freezing in Durham Co. this winter, |
gardeners can finally start their annual spring preparations!
By Durham Co. Master Gardeners
Now that chances for snow are finally waning, Durham County gardeners can start getting back to business!
- Fertilize shrubs.
- Fertilize your important shade trees.
- Fertilize asparagus beds early in March before spear growth begins.
- Ponds should be fertilized starting this month and continuing through October.
- Before planting your vegetables, fertilize your garden as recommended by your soil test results. Apply the recommended amount of lime if this was not done in the fall.
- The average last spring frost date in Durham County is April 15 +/-11days.
- Plant a tree for Arbor Day! Arbor day is always the first Friday after March 15.
- Plant your small fruit plants, grape vines and fruit trees before the buds break.
- March is a good month to transplant trees and shrubs.
- New shrubs and ground covers can be planted the entire month of March. Be sure to follow your planting plan.
- Plant seeds of the following perennials: columbine, hollyhock, coreopsis, daisy and phlox. Sweet William can also be planted this month.
- New rose bushes can be planted this month.
- Plants of broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower should be set out in the garden in mid-March.
- The following vegetables can be planted this month: beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard, turnips, potatoes,cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower.
- Start any annual flowers or warm-season vegetables inside your home that are not commercially available in early March.
- Prune fruit trees.
- Prune spring flowering plants like breath-of-Spring (Winter Honeysuckle) and flowering quince after the flowers fade.
- Prune roses late in March.
- Prune shrubs like abelia, mahonia and nandina this month if needed.
- Pick off faded flowers of pansy and daffodil. Pansies will flower longer if old flowers are removed.
- Overgrown shrubs can be severely pruned (not needled evergreens).
- Spray the following landscape shrubs for the following insect pests: euonymus-scale, juniper-spruce spider mites and hybrid rhododendron-borer.
- Start your rose spray program just prior to bud break.
- Spray your apple and pear trees with streptomycin for control of fireblight while the trees are in bloom.
- Begin fungicide spray applications for bunch grapes.
- Cool-season lawns may be fertilized with 10-10-10, but NOT with slow-release fertilizer. (F.Y.I., cool season grasses like fescue should be fertilized before March 15 to not promote brown spot fungus patches during humid summer months.)
- Apply crabgrass herbicides to your lawn late this month to help control crabgrass in the turf.
- Mow your tall fescue lawn as needed.
- Seed fescue and bluegrass if not done in September.
- Continue to divide perennials like daylily, shasta daisy, gaillardia and coreopsis this month.
- Check garden supplies like fertilizer, insecticides and fungicides to see if you have adequate amounts.
- Check all garden equipment, lawn mowers, tillers, hedge trimmers, tools, hoses and sprayers to see if they are in find working order before they are needed.
- Be certain that old plantings of perennials like peony, hollyhock and phlox are clean of last season’s growth.
City of Durham to Collect Winter Storm Debris: All Residential Solid Waste Customers Can Arrange One Free Curbside Pick-Up; Pick-Up Must Be Scheduled by Friday, March 14
|Debris from storms can be processed into mulch!|
To schedule one free curbside storm debris collection, customers should contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 by Friday, March 14, 2014, at 3 p.m. Storm debris should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on a residents’ normal household garbage collection day. Debris longer than six feet should be cut in half and not placed into bags.
Residential customers may also drop off storm debris at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center at 2115 E. Club Blvd., Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at no charge until March 14. Residents are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before closing. Strom debris delivered after March 14 will be subject to the usual disposal fees. Regular yard waste customers do not have to contact Durham One Call to receive their normal collection service. Additional questions regarding this one-time free service should be directed to Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200.