Sunday, November 2, 2014

November Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

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

Soil Ecology
Nov. 1, 9:30 a.m. - Dec. 6
Saturdays, Nov. 1, 8, 22, Dec. 6, 9:30-12:30 p.m.
This course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils including information on how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisite. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

Holiday Tree Ornament Workshop: Leaf Garlands and Pressed Flowers
Nov. 22, 10-12:00 p.m.
Join us for a Holiday Tree ornament making workshop! Participants will create leaf garlands and make pressed flower ornaments on paper to adorn the NCBG Holiday Tree. Materials will be provided, though your own pressed flowers and leaves could add to the variety of designs. Free, but pre-registration required.

JC Raulston Arboretum
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.
Plantsmen's Tour: "Autumn Highlights"
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 – 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections
Fall can be a subtle time in the garden. Take a tour of some of the understated beauties of the season. Free for members, $5.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is not available.

"Drawing in Nature II: Drawing Theory for Better Botanical Illustration"
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 9–11 a.m. 
Preston Montague.
Drawing in Nature II is an intermediate drawing course that explores botanical illustration through the lens of drawing theory. Class I: Stronger Mark-making; Class 2: Compositional Techniques; Class 3: Color Theory-based Rendering.
botanical illustrationCost: $150.00 for members, $180.00 for nonmembers. Please note the registration price is for all three classes and does not include the needed supplies. To register, please contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 or Payment is due at the time of registration. The class requires a minimum of six participants to proceed and is limited to eight participants.
"Rock Garden Nation: Rock Gardens and Rock Gardeners"
Nov. 8, 2014 – 10:00 am–11:30 am
Joseph Tychonievich.
Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5.00.
"Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener: How to Create Unique Vegetables and Flowers"
Joseph Tychonievich.
Nov. 8, 1–2:30 p.m.
Free for North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) members and Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, otherwise $5.00.

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

Plants of Distinction: Berries and Seeds for the Birds
Nov. 4, 2:30-4 p.m.
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Sign up separately for each Plants of Distinction session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sections. Instructor: Stefan Bloodworth, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native, Duke Gardens.
Fee: $7; Gardens members $5. Fee for all four sessions: $24; Gardens members $16
Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or
Home Horticulture Certificate elective course (1.5 hours each).

English Garden Design course offered at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Nov. 4-18.

Design Strategies for an English Garden
Nov. 4, 6:30-9 p.m.
Class series: 3 Tuesdays, Nov. 4-18, 6:30-9 p.m.
Expanding upon the ideas introduced in the
“Introduction to English-style Gardens” lecture, this workshop will allow you the opportunity to sketch out the basics of a plan for your landscape. The devices of definition, open ground and mixed borders will be refined with discussions of plant palette, the influence of light on color and right plant/right place approaches. Participants should plan to bring a drawing of the site they want to develop. No site should be larger than 75 x 75 feet.
Instructor: Duke Gardens horticulturist Annabel Renwick
Fee: $95; Gardens members $90. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or
Garden Guild Holiday Craft Sale
Nov. 15, 10-2:30 p.m.

Decorate your home for the holidays and find fabulous gifts for friends, including ornaments, gourd bird houses, jewelry, stationery, knitted goods and nature-focused gifts. All Proceeds support Duke Gardens. All items were made by the volunteer Garden Guild. Free admission. Parking free until 1 p.m. Further information: .

Durham Garden Forum: I Have Elephants in My Garden, So What is Your Problem?
Nov. 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
Join us for a humorous look at gardening challenges with recommendations for solutions.
Instructor: Marie Butler, Virginia Zoo landscape coordinator
Location: Doris Duke Center
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
Information: 919-668-1707. No pre-registration necessary.

Tussie Mussie: The Victorian Language of Flowers Workshop
Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-noon
In the Victorian era Tussie mussies were used to convey messages with plants. Those could be messages of friendship, romance or disdain. Each participant will create his or her own tussie mussie bouquet using plants, seed packets, grocery store herbs and sprigs of shrubbery, all gathered with a doily and a bow.
Instructor: Marie Butler, Virginia Zoo landscape coordinator. Fee: $40; Gardens members $32. Information/registration: 919-668-2707 or

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