Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Botanical illustration spelling 'Nature'
Botanical illustration classes are offered during October at the JC Raulston Arboretum and NCBG.
NC Botanical Gardens
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty
Oct. 6-24
World-renowned, Chapel Hill-based outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a one-of-a-kind installation at the Garden incorporating his signature tree saplings into whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of wind. Constructed over a three-week period, his large-scale installations serve as community projects and provide a rare chance for the community to not only view the work in progress, but contribute under his direction. Visitors will have an intimate view of the creative process as it happens while also enjoying the concurrent Sculpture in the Garden. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

'Meet' William Bartram
Oct. 6, 7-8 p.m.
J.D. Sutton brings William Bartram to life! This hour-long one-man performance offers an unforgettable encounter with William Bartram, tracing his travels, adventures and experiences across the Southeast. Don’t miss this chance to “meet” Mr. Bartram. “If you get the chance to see this performance, don’t miss the opportunity!” - North Carolina Bartram Trail Society Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members).

The 'New World' of Plants - the Geography of Plants and Place
Oct. 9, noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Early, exploratory botanists made shrewd guesses about what was novel, often forcing their discoveries into European paradigms. Centuries later, with better information at hand, we can put in perspective the botanical diversity of North America—with no less amazement and wonder! Join us for a whimsical exploration of plants and place focused on the Bartrams’ plants and the southeastern U.S.—through science and literature, imagination and fact. Free; advanced registration required. 

Magic in the Garden - Family Event
Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-noon
The young and young-at-heart are invited to join us for an enchanting morning of family fun in the Children’s Wonder Garden! Build homes for fairies, elves, and other wee folk using natural materials, craft your own corn husk doll and leaf crown, listen to stories, plant a magical seed, and more. Bring your imagination and love of nature… and come dressed in your most magical costume!
To See the Moving Pencil; display a Sort of Paper Creation, which May Endure for Ages: William Bartram as a Natural History Artist
Oct. 11, 1:30-3 p.m.
Joel Fry will survey William Bartram’s illustrations and examine his scope and influences. Bartram’s religious upbringing as a Quaker was opposed to the very idea of graphical art—but Bartram eluded these prohibitions by producing useful, scientific illustrations and mentored a new generation of young American natural history artists, most significantly ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members).

Franklinia alatamaha
Oct. 16, noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram is considered the scientific discoverer of several plant species including the Franklin tree, (Franklinia alatamaha), a rare plant when Bartram described it, which later became extinct in the wild. Learn about this discovery, the plant and its remarkable story. Free; advance registration required. 

A Conversation with National Book Award-winning Author Charles Frazier, “Bartram’s Travels” On Cold Mountain
Oct. 19, 2:30-4 p.m.
Panel: Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Rives Chair of Southern Literature/Editor, North Carolina Literary Review; Peter S. White, NCBG Director; Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium Join us for a conversation with author Charles Frazier to learn why the main character in Cold Mountain carries a copy of Bartram’s Travels on his journey to Cold Mountain, NC. In a lively exchange with our panelists, Frazier will reveal particular passages in his novel that reference nature and share the role nature plays in his narratives and his own life as a writer. Followed by a reception and book signing Fee: $25 ($20 NCBG Members). 

Stalwarts of the Southern Garden: William Bartram and the Oakleaf Hydrangea
Oct. 30, noon-1 p.m.

Oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia is the topic
of an Oct. 30 lunch lecture at NCBG.
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram’s Travels transcended scientific boundaries and deeply influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and other Romantic poets. William Bartram became the first person to collect, describe or illustrate forty-two species of plants, among them the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. Dallmeyer will trace how Bartram’s path intersected with this beloved native plant now known around the world. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia and is President of the Bartram Trail Conference. She also manages the Southern Nature Project, an e-community promoting writing about the Southern environment. Free; advanced registration required.
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.
Conifers in the Landscape—Thank You Dr. Raulston
Tom Cox, Cox Arboretum
Oct. 2, 7:30–9 p.m.
One of Tom Cox's earliest recollections of conifers in a Southern collection was at the JC Raulston Arboretum and J. C. was a part of that discovery. Learn how conifers have become a major plant group for the South and how they can be used in the landscape. Tom is a co-author of Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast. He'll be selling and signing his new book before and after the lecture.

Plantsmen's Tour: "Fall Garden Magic"
Bryce Lane, Interim Director
Oct.  7, 10:30 a.m.-noon
Discover the science of why plants do what they do during fall.Cost Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers. Advance registration is not available.

Drawing in Nature I: An Introduction to Botanical Illustration"
Oct. 11, 9-11 a.m.
Oct. 18, 9-11 a.m.
Drawing in Nature I introduces participants to the observation skills and drawing techniques necessary to visualize the plants and animals that nourish our love for nature.

Class III – Introduction to Color: Theory and Application - Students will learn the basics of color theory and how to apply that theory to create full-color images that convey light and texture. Colored pencils will be the medium; whose application is the foundation for understanding how to use the more advanced medium of acrylic paint and watercolors.
Class IV – Putting It All Together and Exhibition - Students will apply their newly acquired knowledge of drawing technique and color theory to create complete botanical illustrations. Illustrations developed by students who have participated in all four classes will be matted, framed, and temporarily exhibited at the JCRA for the public to enjoy.
Cost of each class is $50 members, $60 nonmembers. Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or for more information about for this workshop.

North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture:  "Little Bulbs for the Rock and Woodland Garden"
Oct. 18,10-11:30 a.m.

Speaker: Judy Glattstein. Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5.00. Advance registration is not available.

Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham, NC. Please call 919-668-1707 to register.
Fall Planting in the Vegetable Garden
Oct. 7, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality in this "Plants of Distinction" series workshop. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sections.
Instructors: Curator Jason Holmes and horticulturist Lindsey Fleetwood, Doris Duke Center Gardens, Duke Gardens.
Fee: $7; Gardens members $5. All for sections: $24; Gardens members $16. Participant limit: 15. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or
Pollinators: Current Research and Support Initiatives
Oct. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
Plants are the basis of all our food, and almost 90% of all flowering plants rely on animal pollinators. About 1,000 species of hummingbirds, bats and small mammals are joined by 199,000 species of insects to help plants with pollination. These beetles, bees, ants, wasps, moths and butterflies are vital, keystone players in sustaining ecosystems and delivering the important eco-services that make our lives possible. Today those “pollinator-partners” populations are in decline. A host of threats, including pesticide use, habitat destruction, and climate change, are challenging many insects and animals. Laurie Adams, executive director of the Pollinator Partnership, will share current research to help us understand the impacts of this decline, both for pollinators and ultimately for all of us. She will then outline current research and actions that will help us all become partners with pollinators. Sponsored by Burt's Bees. Participation is free but limited. Please register in advance by calling 919-668-1707 or emailing
Durham Garden Forum: 10 Medicinal Herbs for the Home Garden
Oct. 21, 6:30-8 p.m.
Jeanine Davis’ research and extension programs are dedicated to sustainable and organic production of medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables and specialty crops. Learn her picks for the top 10 medicinal herbs. Dr. Jeanine Davis is an associate professor and extension specialist, N.C. State University.
Lecture fee: Forum members free with annual membership; $10 per meeting for non-members payable to the Durham Garden Forum. For membership information, please email Parking is free.
Information/registration: 919-668-1707. No pre-registration necessary.
Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall
Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m.
Course meets for 4 sessions
Expand your palette of plants with information from this class. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. The fall program focuses on plants that shine in autumn and late-blooming perennial flowers. Winter introduces plant silhouettes and evergreens. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos.
Class series: Fall class meets 4 Thursdays, Oct. 23-Nov. 13, 4-6 p.m.
Instructor: Jan Little, director of education and public programs, Duke Gardens
Participant limit: 15. Fee: $110; Gardens members $90. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or

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