Friday, May 30, 2014

June Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Glass creations by Dale Chihuly for his garden installation for the Seattle Center.
Chihuly's Garden and Glass project will be presented June 13 at the J.C Raulston Arboretum.

NC Botanical Gardens
Location: 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Tour of the Honey Beehive
June 1, 2-3 p.m.
Sunday, June 1, 2:00–3:00 pm (rain date June 8 11am-12noon) This workshop takes place at the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG), located off Cameron Avenue in Chapel Hill. Learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects, bees, who are responsible for pollinating one-third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. We will explore a live hive with hobbyist beekeeper Anne Cabell, MPH. For all ages and free-of-charge, but please register in advance! For directions to the CCCG and to confirm that the workshop will be held if weather is uncertain, see:

Third Annual Carolina Moonlight Gala: Celebrating Sustainable Living
June 7, 7-11 pm
The Carolina Moonlight Gala is the annual fundraising soirée for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Presented by the Botanical Garden Foundation, this gala event raises funds to further the Garden's mission of inspiring and advancing a sustainable relationship between people and nature. Tickets can be purchased online:

Organic gardening presented with Toxic Free NC
June 18 at the NC Botanical Gardens.
Organic Gardening for Everyone!
June 18, 3-4:30 p.m.
Everybody deserves fresh, pesticide-free food. We can help you build a better habitat for good bugs that will keep your garden’s pests in check, and we’ll have fun doing it! You provide the community garden site, and we’ll provide a hands-on workshop that builds on the shared knowledge of everyone in the group and Toxic Free NC’s expertise on organic methods for preventing and controlling NC’s most common garden pests. Free, but pre-registration required. For directions to CCCG, see the website

The Nature Cure: Health Benefits of Urban Green Space
June 19, noon-1 p.m.
Urban green space is often viewed as simply an aesthetic or recreational amenity. In recent years, however, researchers working in a variety of fields have argued that urban green space should be recognized and valued as an effective remedy for various ills of modern civilization, such as obesity and attention-deficit disorder. In this talk, Schwartz reviews some research bearing on these questions, considers some obstacles that hinder city-dwellers from reaping the benefits of the green space available to them, and mentions some interesting new ways that different communities are weaving green space into their urban fabric. Free, but advanced registration required.

Butoh, Dance Life of Plants
June 21, 9:30-12:30 p.m.
In this workshop students connect with the secret life of plants through improvisational movement, deep listening and mediation. Using the Japanese dance form of poetic imagery called Butoh, students create dance that is an expression of nature. This is a fun outdoor workshop, designed for a broad audience - non-dancers, poets, scientists, actors and dancers alike. No previous experience required. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members/student/senior).

JC Raulston Arboretum
Location: Ruby C. Mc Swain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State
University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.

Plantsmen's Tour: "Monocot Madness—Grasses, Lilies, and Elephant Ears"
June 3,
9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections

Glass and flowers, Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Sizzling Summer Celebration: Cool Designs at the Chihuly Garden and Glass
A Dinner and Presentation with Richard HartlageJune 13, 6 p.m.
Celebrate the beginning of summer at the JC Raulston Arboretum on one of the longest nights of the year. Join us for a summer BBQ in the garden at its peak summer show and a lecture presented by Richard Hartlage, the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus for Horticultural Science at NC State and hybridizer of 'Hartlage Wine' sweetshrub. As the sun sets, cool off on the rooftop of the Ruby C. McSwain Education Center with a refreshing ice cream social featuring NC State's Howling Cow ice cream.

June 21, 9noon  
Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer 
Propagating plants is rewarding, often easily done, and is a great way to add to the plants in your landscape. Join Doug Ruhren in this propagation workshop focused solely on propagating herbaceous perennials. Techniques discussed included division, stem and leaf cuttings, and seed. Following the discussion, participants will gain hands-on experience propagating some perennials to take home with them.

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

Extension Gardener Series: Herb Gardening
June 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn about growing herbs with Master Gardener Marti Warburton. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center. Location: Doris Duke Center. Fee: Free drop-in event. No parking fees after 5 p.m.

Durham Garden Forum: VermicompostingJune 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
An informal group, independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. This meeting’s topic is composting with worms. Sponsored in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. Location: Doris Duke Center. Lecture fee: $10 per meeting for non-members; forum members free with annual membership.

Advanced Bonsai Workshop
June 21, 9:30-1:30 p.m.
This workshop, led by Harold Johnson of the Triangle Bonsai Society, is for people already working with bonsai. Participants can bring their bonsai trees to the workshop to discuss how to refine it. Additionally, participants can contact Harold directly to order a plant for this workshop. Tree orders must be placed by mid-May, and the ordering and cost of the tree are arranged directly with Harold. For more information about bonsai, please visit Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 10. Fee: $50; Gardens members $40.

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