Friday, August 1, 2014

August Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Autumn Containers will be the spotlight of the Aug. 18, NC Cooperative Extension program at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
NC Botanical Gardens
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
Where the Land is the Star
August 10, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generations - John Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Gray - could be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members).

Sustainable Lawns
Aug. 16, 2-4 p.m.
Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. You can strive for lawns to be a dense grass of one type, mixed stands of many types of plants or alternatives like mosses or low groundcovers. Lawns can be suitable for very active or more passive use. Alan will look at many lawn options while focusing on the sustainable issues that affect each. Fee: $20 ($15 NCBG members.

Introduction to Botanical Illustration (Short Course)
Aug. 23, 1-4:30 p.m.
This half-day class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration, and introduces the instructors. It is required for ALL students beginning the NCBG certificate program but is open to anyone. No prerequisites. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members).

Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels”
Aug. 24, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required.

JC Raulston Arboretum

Ruby C. Mc Swain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.

Orchid Grower's Day, Aug. 2 at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Orchid Growers Day
Aug. 2, 10-4 p.m.
Hosted by the Triangle Orchid Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Attendees will learn from expert growers about how to grow different types of orchids in the home and greenhouse. The program will benefit the windowsill grower, novice orchid collector, and those just curious to know why so many people are growing orchids these days.

Registration Includes:

  • Tips for growing and blooming orchids
  • Morning and afternoon lectures
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Souvenir orchid plant
  • Quality orchids for sale
  • 2014 Membership to the Triangle Orchid Society

Tuition for the Triangle Orchid Society's Growers Day is $25.00 for the entire day which includes morning and afternoon lectures, lunch, a souvenir orchid, and membership in the Triangle Orchid Society for the remainder of 2014.

Plantsmen's Tour: "Shady Shrubs"
Aug. 5, 9-10:30 a.m. and 6–7:30 p.m.
Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
When it's too hot for the sunny spots in the landscape, gardeners retreat to the shade. Find out about some proven performers and new additions to the shady shrub palette.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham, NC. Please call 919-668-1707 to register.
Autumn Containers
Aug. 21, 6:30–8 p.m. 
Leanna Murphy, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

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