Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

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

Moore Square in Raleigh features several 100 year-old
varieties of Quercus oak trees common to the Piedmont.
Overlapping Images of Nature: paintings by Trena McNabb
May 1-June 30
Reception with the artist:  May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Local Trees (Short Course)
May 3,  9:30-12:30 p.m.
Saturdays, May 3 and 10, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm This 6-hour short course is aimed for a broad audience, perfect for those just beginning their study of trees, or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. This short course offers students a chance to learn some of the common trees in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We will spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails—learning common trees and how to identify them and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG members).

Flowering Plant Families
May 10 - June 7, 1-4 p.m.
This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

Mother’s Day Walk at Mason Farm

May 11, 2-4:30 p.m.
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail,” which travels through 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and bring walking stick, insect repellent, and water. Meeting place confirmed after registration. Fee $15 ($12 ncbg members).

Penny’s Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
May 17, 9:30-1 p.m.
Enjoy a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants. Fee: $15 ($12 ncbg members). Directions provided after registration. Note: About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant, and water.

Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants (Short Course)

May 18, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
This course is intended for a broad audience. Participants explore the beauty of spring native south eastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG gardens themselves as well as woodland trails in close proximity, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisite Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

Home Landscape

May 31, 9:30-12:30 p.m.
This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this region. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project, how to implement a plan with sustainable materials, and finally, you will be given a list of native plants of the region frequently used in home landscapes. Specific topics will include analyzing the property for wind and sun orientation, functional flow, and treating special features of your landscape. Concepts of sight line, public and private areas, and “rooms” will be discussed. 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.

Gala in the Garden Celebrating North Carolina
May 4, 3:30-7 p.m.
Set in the Arboretum's beautiful springtime gardens, the
Gala in the Garden will feature North Carolina's finest food, botanicals, products, and people. Guests will mingle through the garden paths enjoying the rare collections of plants and a special "Ole North State" cocktail. The Gala's main event area features gourmet North Carolina cuisine and drinks, along with the highlight of the event—a silent auction where guests can bid on items from gardening gifts to one-of-a-kind plants.

Plantsmen's Tour: "Spring Bulbs"
May 6, 1-2:30 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections.
When most people speak of spring bulbs, they think of daffodils and tulips but there are plenty more bulbs that carry on the show after these are finished. On this tour we'll look at some of the bulbs creating a show in May such as flowering onions, crinum, and iris.CostFree for members, $5.00 for nonmembers.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture:  "Looking Back, Looking Forward"
May 8, 7:30-9 p.m.

Ted Bilderback, Director

Garden Conservancy's Open Days
May 16, 9-4 p.m. – Wake Forest and Raleigh Gardens
May 17, 9-5 p.m. – All Gardens
May 18, 10-4 p.m. – Cary and Raleigh Gardens
The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Program comes to Raleigh in May and September this year. This spring's tour features the gardens of Beth and Juan Jimenez, Debra and Marty Ludas, Jean and Wayne Mitchell, Sandy and Ewell Morgan, Jean and Lawrence Shuping, Connie Sithes, and Kathleen and Walt Thompson.
A portion of the proceeds from the weekend will benefit the JC Raulston Arboretum, a working research and teaching garden of NC State University.

Propagation Workshop
May 31, 9-3 p.m.
Join Mark Weathington and Lizzi Lathers in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the Arboretum. Participants go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the JCRA's collection of over 6,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels.

Sustainable roses is topic of the May 20
Durham Garden Forum at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St Durham, NC 27708  Please call 919-668-1707 to register.

Plant Propagation: Plant Layering

May 6, 10:30-12:00 p.m.
Learn to grow your own plants using a variety of techniques. In “Plant Layering,” you’ll learn to root plants right where they are growing. Each session of this series will feature a different propagation skill and will include time in the Gardens discussing propagation of specific plants and time in the greenhouse practicing your skills. Here is your chance to expand your plant collection with expert guidance. Sign up for one or all four sessions.
Location: Greenhouse classroom. Participant limit: 15. Fee: $20; Gardens members $16.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Summer
May 14, 4-6 p.m.
Course meets for 4 sessions
Expand your palette of plants with information from this 4-class course. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 75 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use and understand the culture of each plant. Class time is primarily outdoors, and each student receives a portfolio of photos showing the plants studied that season.
Class meets 4 Wednesdays, May 14, 21 & 28, June 4, 4-6 p.m.
Location: Doris Duke Center. Participant limit: 15. Fee: $110; Gardens members $90.

Plants of Distinction: Early Summer Blossoms
May 20, 2:30-4 p.m.
Duke Gardens displays plants in bloom throughout the year. Learn which plants ornament our early summer in this stroll through the Gardens to see fringe trees, late magnolias, peonies and more. Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each session in this series to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sessions.
Location: Doris Duke Center. Fee: $7; Gardens members $5.
Four-part series $24; Gardens members $16.

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

Sustainable Roses
May 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn more about growing roses at this month's meeting. Sponsored in partnership with N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center.
Location: Doris Duke Center.

Durham Co. Master Gardeners & Durham Cooperative Extension Programs

Simple Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens
May 3, 3-4 p.m 
Eliminate watering chores by installing a simple drip irrigation system. Class is free/ Registration required.
Where: North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road, Durham
Contact: Shelley Geyer (919) 560-0237, Fax (919) 560-0246.

Soaker hoses provide easy irrigation.
Garden Room Development
May 15, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Learn how to create "rooms" in your garden. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center.
Location: Doris Duke Center.
Fee: Free drop-in event. Free parking after 5 p.m.
Information: Registration requested at 919-668-1707.

Briggs Avenue Community Garden Series
Summer Southern Favorites: Tomatoes & Okra

May 17, 10-11 a.m.

Tips on growing these southern favorites. This class is free / Registration is required.
Where: Durham county Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham
Contact: Pana Jones 919-560-0525 or

Simple Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens
May 18,  3-5 p.m.

Eliminate watering chores by installing a simple drip irrigation system. Class is free/ Registration required.
Where: South Regional Library, 4505 Alston Avenue, Durham .
Contact: Cathy Starkweather 919-560-7410.

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