Friday, February 27, 2015

March Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

The historic Gardens of Eyre Hall, Cheriton VA, will be highlighted
at the NC Botanical Gardens, March 19.

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

Plants of Distinction: Hellebores in the Winter Garden Tuesday, March 3, 2-4 p.m.
Instructor: Jason Holmes, curator of Duke Gardens’ Doris Duke Center Gardens. Fee: $7; Gardens members $5. Fee to register for all five "Plants of Distinction" sessions : $30; Gardens members $20.

Durham Garden Forum - Bulletproof Plants: Tough Nuts for the Landscape

Tuesday, March 3, 6:30-8 p.m.
Guest speaker:  Bryce Lane, a two-time Emmy Award winning television personality, retired horticulture instructor at N.C. State University, interim director at the JC Raulston Arboretum and accomplished garden speaker.
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

Plant Propagation: Seeds
Tuesday, March 10, 10 a.m.-noon. (one of four propagation sessions in the year)

Instructors: Jason Holmes, curator, Jan Watson, horticulturist, Lindsey Fleetwood, horticulturist, and Sara Smith, volunteer propagation team, Duke Gardens. Fee: $20; $16 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Complete series: $72; $56 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Location: Greenhouse classroom

Getting Started: the fundamental steps to create a garden
Tuesday, March 10 & 17, 6:30-9 p.m. Course meets for 2 sessions.
Make better choices by beginning with a scaled drawing of your garden area.
Instructor: Jan Little, landscape architect and Duke Gardens’ director of education and public programs. Fee per section: $45; $35 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff. Fee for complete series: $160; $120 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff.

Organic Vegetable Gardening: Spring
Class times: 3 Wednesdays, March 11-25, 6:30-8:30 pm, and Saturday, March 21, 9:30-11:30 am
Instructor: Andy Currin, avid vegetable gardener and Duke University campus horticulturist
Fee: $110; $90 for Gardens members & Duke staff/students. Textbook provided for those beginning the series.

Plants of Distinction: The Spring Awakening
Thursday, March 12, 2:30 - 4 p.m. (one of five "Plants of Distinction" sessions this year)
Instructor: Stefan Bloodworth, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Duke Gardens
Fee: $7; Gardens members $5. Sign up for the entire series for $30; Gardens members $20.

BONSAI: Create your own bonsai plant
Saturday, March 14, 9:30-1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society
Fee: $100; $80 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff. All materials included, but bring a lunch.

Durham Garden Forum: Organic, Sustainable Vegetable Gardening
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Topic/instructor: Organic Sustainable Vegetable Gardening with Keith R. Baldwin, Ph.D., farm services coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association
Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Spring
Class dates: 4 Wednesdays, March 18 & 25, April 1 & 8, 4-6 p.m.
Instructor: Jan Little, director of education and public programs, Duke Gardens
Fee: $110; $90 for Gardens members & Duke students/staff.

Attracting Bees, Butterflies and Birds
Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8 p.m.
This is part of the Extension Gardener Series with Durham County Master Gardeners. Advance registration requested.
Instructors: Faye McNaull and Lynne Nelson, Durham County Extension Master Gardeners
Fee: Free, drop-in event. No parking fees after 5 pm.

The Triangle Camellia Society will host its
annual flower show March 14 at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Spring Plant Sale 
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 8-noon
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.

Plantsmen's Tour: "Stop and Smell the Roses—Winter's Rose"
Tuesday, March 3, 1–2:30 p.m.
Tim Alderton, Research Technician
Camellias and hellebores have both been called winter's rose. Come and take a tour of some of our favorites in these
groups and a handful of other flowering friends. Note: Due to the cold, the JCRA's camellias are not flowering
. We're only highlighting hellebores on this tour as a result.

An Evening with the Explorers: Triumphs and Tribulations of the Plant Hunters Friday, March 6, 5:30–10 p.m.
Celebrate the start of spring with the JC Raulston Arboretum and six noted plantsmen. Hear extraordinary plant collecting tales from Andrew Bunting, Dan Hinkley, Ozzie Johnson, Greg Paige, Scott McMahan, and Mark Weathington. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre, wine, beer, other drinks, and a silent auction and a live auction featuring numerous rare plants and a two night visit with Dan Hinkley at his home and garden in Indianola, Washington.
Cost: $125.00 for members, $150.00 for nonmembers.
Douglas Ruhren, Ironwood Gardens and JCRA Volunteer
North Carolina Botanical Gardens
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.

LUNCHBOX series: Protecting our Forests from Pests and Diseases
Thursday, March 12, noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and learn about the impact that serious pests and diseases have on forest health, some of the major threats to our southeastern native trees and what you can do to help prevent their introduction and spread. Free, but registration required.

Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Thursday, March 12, 1-4 p.m.
Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. No prerequisites. $30 ($25 Members).

16th Annual Evelyn McNeil Sims Lecture: "Arborescent!: An appreciation of the trees of the Southeastern United States"
March 15, 2:30-4 p.m.
This lecture will explore the evolutionary history of the trees of the Southeastern United States, and their aesthetics, economics, and medicinal uses. Free, but registration required.

The Historic Gardens of Eyre Hall: The 5th Annual Herb Society of America and NC Botanic Garden Spring Lecture
Thursday, March 19, 2- 3 p.m.
Laurie Klingel is the head gardener at Eyre Hall, an early 19th century historic garden in Cheriton, Virginia. Eyre Hall boasts a formal garden which includes extensive Boxwood parterres, crape myrtles, and contemporary mixed garden borders. Historic outbuildings within the garden include a 1758 dairy, 1807 Smokehouse, and 1818 Orangery. Registration fee: $10.00 Free to HSA and NCBG members, but please register in advance to reserve a seat. For more information: NC Unit, Herb Society of America, Inc. Mary Jo Wilson—336-674-2424

LUNCHBOX Series: Diversity and Natural History of the American Oaks
Thursday, March 26, noon-1 p.m.
Bring your lunch and join us for a presentation emphasizing the patterns of species diversity in the oaks. The lecture explores the interface between the structure and function of traits and the significance in the natural history of this important genus throughout various woodlands of the Americas. Free, but registration required.

The Craft of Woodturning
Sunday, March 29, 3- 4:30 p.m.
As a former forest manager, Michael Thompson appreciates the trees of the SE in their native habitat. Upon retirement, he shifted his appreciation to using wood as material for wood turning and the creation of fine art pieces, especially from burl wood (wood grown in a deformed manner). He explains his art of woodturning through demonstration. A number of his pieces will be on display.
Free, but registration required. 

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