Friday, April 29, 2016

May Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the JC Raulston Arboretum
with their Gala in the Garden on Sunday, May 1.
Photo by the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham, NC. 
Please call 919-668-1707 to register.

The Herbal Home: Personal Products
Tuesday, May 10, 6:30-9 p.m.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Summer
Wednesday, May 11, 4-6 p.m.
Course meets for 4 sessions

The WOW Factor: How Line Influences Your Garden
Thursday, May 12, 10:30 - noon

Durham Garden Forum: What's Wrong with My Tree?
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Herbal Home: Household Products
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30-9 p.m.

The WOW Factor: How Texture Influences Your Garden
Thursday, May 19, 10:30 - noon

Tree Walk and Talk
Thursday, May 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

The WOW Factor: How Color Influences Your Garden
Thursday, May 26, 10:30 - noon

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

Gala in the Garden
Sunday May 1, 3:30–7:00 p.m.

Plantsmen's Tour : "Covering Some Ground"
Tuesday, May 3, 9 a.m. and at 6 p.m.
Mark Weathington, Director

Vegetable Gardening: From Site Selection to Harvest
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Wednesdays, April 6–May 18, 6:30-8:30 p.m. & Saturday, May 21, 9-11 a.m.

Day Tripping to Meredith Arboretum and Gardens at Meredith College
Aaron Schettler, Head Groundskeeper, Meredith College
Tuesday, May 10, 9:45 a.m.
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture: "Inspiring Gardens of the World"
Thursday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
John Elsley, Horticultural Consultant

Chrysanthemum Propagation Workshop        
Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Making More Magical Mums … and Their Care"
Joan Matthews, President, Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society
Bonsai Lecture and Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by the Triangle Bonsai Society and the JCRA
Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Thursday, May 23, 1 p.m.
Sponsored by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum
"Pollinator Gardens Should be Waterwise Gardens"
Trish MacPherson, Wake County Extension Master Gardener 

North Carolina Botanical Gardens 
100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
LUNCHBOX Talk: Reading and Photographs from 'Little Rivers & Waterway Tales’
Monday, May 2, noon - 1 p.m.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Green Inside and Out
Monday, May 2, noon - 2 p.m.

Mother's Day Walk at Mason Farm
Sunday, May 8, 2-4 p.m.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Plants We Eat and Wear!
Thursday, May 12, noon-1 p.m.

Home Landscape Design Workshop
Saturday, May 14, 9:30-noon, through June 4

Penny’s Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
Saturday, May 14, 9:30-1 p.m.

Good and Bad Bugs in the Vegetable Garden
Sunday, May 15, 1-2:30 p.m.

Lunch with Dot: Retrospection and Reflections
Thursday, May 19, noon-1 p.m.

Endangered Species Day
Friday, May 20, noon-1 p.m.
Durham County Cooperative Extension
Wildflowers in Your Landscape
Sunday, May 1, 3-4 p.m.
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713
Presentation by Nan Len & Kathleen Guerra. Register: 919-560-7410.

Weepers that are Keepers: Weeping Tree Varieties

Weeping Higan Cherry
Add some drama to your landscape with a weeping tree. For a list of weeping varieties and a fun personality quiz to pick the right one (don't overcrowd!), see the full article:
Weeping Higan Cherry Photo: Getty Images.

By Michael Tortorello               
Most of us shop for plants with a Tinder mind-set. Swipe right if you fancy the molting papyrus bark on a river birch; swipe left if the serpentine pods of a honey locust leave you cold.

Picking a weeping tree for the garden, however, requires more of a nuanced eHarmony approach. These plants have unusual habits and oversize personalities: whimsical, morbid, grandiose. Identifying the right one might require sorting through an extensive questionnaire to weed out undesired traits.

No need to thank us, but we’ve devised a simple weeping-tree compatibility quiz.

First, though, you may wonder, what makes a tree weep? In an arboricultural sense, a weeping tree’s dominant growing branch—the central leader—typically arcs downward, becoming a lateral branch and making way for another leader. Droopy collector’s items in Europe’s 19th-century gardens, these are generally temperate-zone plants: lindens, maples, hornbeams, beeches, mulberries, willows. In winter, the meandering bare branches turn the yard into a sculpture garden.

Such centerpieces want undivided attention. “To show off their pendulous habit, they need open space around them,” said Sandra Youssef Clinton, president of landscape architecture firm Clinton and Associates, in Hyattsville, Md. Clustering them in a garden creates “a mishmash of styles and forms,” she said. “To me, it’s not restful to look at.”

That said, “These trees work gracefully off hardscape elements,” said Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery, in Hamden, Conn., who has tried dozens. At home, he is training a weeping Japanese larch to drape the railing of a raised deck. A cascading tree, said Mr. Wheeler, plays off the straight lines of a building—like a rolling wave against a concrete sea wall.

You could think of this quiz as a way to learn more about weeping trees. But wouldn’t you rather think of weeping trees as a way to learn more about yourself?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 GCNC Annual Meeting 'Un-Frozen'

The meeting's theme of "Unfrozen," e.g.
spring emerging through ice was captured in
table centerpieces like the Monday luncheon
featuring keynote speaker and gardening
 author Helen Yoest.
The Daylily Garden Club gathered to assemble their
daylily martini glass centerpieces for the Monday luncheon.

The 2016 Annual Meeting of the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. celebrated the final emergence of spring. The meeting's theme "Un-Frozen" couldn't have been timed any better considering the last freeze for Durham County was just April 15.

Hosting group the Durham Council of Garden Clubs and one Croasdaile Garden Club member received awards during the Monday Awards Banquet. The Council won a first place blue ribbon for its 2015-2016 Yearbook, membership directory edited by President Trish Stewart. Linda Stewart of the Croasdaile Garden Club won the Member Award of Honor from the Southeast Atlantic Region (SAR) of the National Garden Club and GCNC. Winners of the GCNC Annual Flower Show "Let the Music Play" included blue ribbons for Pat Cashwell (Heritage Garden Club) Class 6 and Carol Sledge (Town & Country Garden Club) Class 8. Cashwell also won the Award of Design Excellence (Best in Show) and the Designer's Choice Award.

The Forest Hills Junior Garden Club was ratified
at the Youth Banquet Sunday evening.
Pictured: Durham Council of Garden Clubs President
Trish Stewart with Junior Club member Camilla Carrington.
Stewart was one of the original members of the
FH Junior Club in 1959.

Blue ribbon-winning arrangement, Class 8 
'Green Eyes' by Carol Sledge of the
Town & Country Garden Club.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

NCSU Offers Online Horticulture Non-Credit Courses

Learn to identify and appreciate commonly used plants on your own schedule. North Carolina State University is partnering with Longwood Gardens to provide a unique fully online survey of plants. These courses will expose you to plants that can be grown throughout the nation. The use and key identifying characteristics of these plants is conveyed through photo stories, presentations, online fact pages, and beautiful images. Take a look here: These courses will include some favorites and also a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

These courses last for six weeks and are fully online. For more information and to register please use this link:

Friday, April 22, 2016

Durham Earth Day 2016 Festival: April 23

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! The 2016 Earth Day Festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful.

April 23, 2016 at 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham, NC 27704
Rain Location: Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.

 For a full list of festival activities and events visit:

The E-Waste Recycling/Shredding Drive will be held from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Durham County Stadium located at 750 Stadium Dr. This free recycling/shredding drive is hosted by the Durham Solid Waste Management Department. A convenient drive through area will be set up to collect your materials. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also be collecting gently used household items. For more information and a list of acceptable items visit:

Thank you to our 2016 sponsors: Habitat for Humanity ReStore, northAmerican Moving Services, De Haven's Transfer & Storage Inc., The Herald Sun, The City of Durham Department of Water Management, The City of Durham Solid Waste Management Department & The Home Depot.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Durham Council of Garden Clubs Annual Meeting: May 3

The Durham Council of Garden Clubs will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, May 3. The meeting will run from 10-12 p.m. at the historic John Sprunt Hill House, 900 Duke St., Durham, NC.

The DCGC Annual Meeting agenda will include a presentation of the drafted 2016-17 Council Annual Budget, a report of the GCNC Annual Meeting recently hosted in Durham, and a recognition and celebration of Club awards presented by the Council as well as awards recently presented at the SAR and GCNC Annual Meetings. Council Committee Chairs should also prepare and share their respective annual reports.

A Romantic Landscape: Purple Mountains Majesty in a Vase

Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Morning in the Mountains’ (1823)
Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Morning in the Mountains’ (1823)
Photo: HIP/Art Resource, NY.
THE ARRANGEMENT | Two shades of lavender hyacinth in varying stages of flower mimic the distant vista in Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Morning in the Mountains’ (1823), while nandina branches and an earthy vessel (designer’s own) echo the canvas’s foreground.
Two shades of lavender hyacinth in varying stages of flower mimic
 the distant vista in Caspar David Friedrich’s ‘Morning in the Mountains’
 (1823), while nandina branches and an earthy vessel (designer’s own)
 echo the canvas’s foreground. Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson for WSJ,
Floral Styling by Lindsey Taylor, Prop Styling by Nidia Cueva.       
By Lindsey Taylor               
WSJ, April 11, 2016
Each Spring, trees appear to go from bare limbs to full flower to mature leaves faster than you can sing “Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting.” If you don’t pause to appreciate the landscape, you can miss the lime-green leaves furtively unfurling, the red haze of maple trees in bloom.

As I cruised up the parkway from Manhattan to my upstate life recently, the rolling vistas framed by trees in transition reminded me of the contemplative landscapes by German romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich. It seemed only right to choose his “Morning in the Mountains” (1823) as the jumping-off point for this month’s arrangement—to, if I could, capture the painting’s mossy greens and moody amethysts and the almost imperceptible shift from mountains to sky.

A black-brown earthenware vessel from my collection grounded my floral landscape. First, I used nandina branches—green with yellowing undersides—to establish a strong, undulating and horizontal form. I tucked in rosy pink heather to break up the greens and introduce a certain mistiness. Finally I nestled in two shades of lavender hyacinth in varying degrees of openness to mimic the tones and swells of the distant mountains; for the photo, a pale blue background served as sky. As always for this column, I challenged myself to look carefully but work quickly, to create something fresh that appears to come from the same world as the work of art but has its own personality.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GCNC Annual Meeting Spotlight: Afternoon Workshops Available

The Durham Council of Garden Clubs is hosting the April 17-19, 2016 Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc., and its roster of afternoon workshops is just about full!

Here are two exciting workshops that attendees can still enjoy.
Cheralyn Schmidt, MPH
Durham County Horticultural Extension Agent.

Sunday, 2:30 p.m.
Southwestern Food Demonstration: "The World of Chilies"
Cheralyn Schmidt, MPH
Durham County Horticulture Agent, North Carolina State University
"The World of Chilies" Come on a culinary tour of this spicy ingredient used in cuisines throughout the world. Learn about the discovery and history of chiles as well as nutrition and medicinal uses.
Cheralyn is a food educator with 20 years experience working in the culinary and farming industries. She holds degrees in nutrition and public health specializing in seed-to-table education for family health and wellness. She is a pollinator promoter, bee swarm catcher and avid backyard gardener. She currently manages Briggs Avenue Community Garden and 100 Extension Master Gardener Volunteers in Durham County.

Monday, 2:30 p.m.
Witherspoon Rose Culture

David Pike, President of Witherspoon Rose Culture and
Rhonda W. Pike, VP and a member of the Hillsborough Garden Club.
David Pike, President
David Pike became president of Witherspoon Rose Culture in 1983 and works diligently to build a staff of expert rose professionals who serve rose garden clients in the Durham and Charlotte areas.

David is a frequent and favorite speaker at garden clubs, rose societies, gardening shows, and radio talk shows. David has been featured in numerous local and national print media, including Southern Living. “The Gardens at Witherspoon” has been awarded the official designation “Outstanding Rose Garden Maintenance” given by All-American Rose Selections. In 1999, David’s vast experience with roses took him to The Netherlands where he was invited to judge in the World Rose Trials in The Hague. David has served as a frequent rose judge for the annual Biltmore Estate Festival of Flowers in Asheville, NC.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

26 Stylish Patio and Outdoor Space Design Ideas

With the arrival of spring—and warmer temperatures—comes the urge to spend every minute in outdoor rooms. These outdoor living spaces from the AD archives offer a perfect place to lounge next to the pool , dine alfresco , or take in the surrounding landscape. Whether terrace, loggia, or quaint nook, these outdoor living rooms are as stylish as the amazing homes they accompany, from a chic summer retreat in the Hamptons to a waterfront vacation house in Nova Scotia. Click through to discover stylish patio ideas and designs.
Shown: Birch trees provide shade for the outdoor dining area of designer Friederike Kemp Biggs’s Manhattan penthouse. Planters filled with ivy, boxwood, lobelia, and hydrangea also surround the bluestone-paved terrace, planned by landscape designer Halsted Welles.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Floral Fantasies at 'Art in Bloom' Ends Sunday: April 10

'Art in Bloom' ends today at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Don't miss out!
Watch this video for an inside look to the inspiration and creation of this fantastic event:

Thursday, April 7, 2016

'Art in Bloom' Opens at North Carolina Museum of Art: April 7-10

Docent tours offered all days. Photo NCMA.
PNC Presents: Art in Bloom
Join us for the NCMA’s second annual festival of art and flowers, April 7–10, 2016. Floral designers from across North Carolina and beyond bring springtime into West Building by interpreting masterworks from the permanent collection in 56 breathtaking flower displays. Renowned floral designers from around the globe offer master classes and more.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Dealing with Cold Damaged Landscape Plants

Late freeze cold damage to a Lagerstroemia indica in Durham.
Wait to see if new green foliage will replace browned
desiccated foliage before pruning.
Photo by J.S. Corser, Durham County Master Gardener.
Cold weather can cause all types of problems for plants in the Carolinas. Freezing temperatures can damage plants by rupturing plant cells as ice crystals form and rapid changes in temperatures occur. Evergreen plants can suffer damage from blowing winter winds and dry out when water is unavailable from ground that is frozen in the colder regions of the state. Chilling injury can occur to many tropical plants although temperatures do not drop below 32 °F.

Some Causes of Cold Damage

Lack of Hardiness: Some plants are not completely hardy to an area. Use plant hardiness zone maps to help in selecting plants for particular locations.

Early or Late-Season Frosts: Early frosts in the fall can cause damage on plants that are normally adapted to an area. Plants need adequate time to harden off (adjust to outdoor conditions) before freezing temperatures occur. New growth that has been stimulated by late summer pruning or fertilization is very susceptible.

Plants can also be damaged when unseasonably warm weather during winter or early spring stimulates the production of new growth. Cold snaps can be very damaging to this tender foliage.

Unprotected Root Systems: Root systems that are unprotected above the ground are very susceptible to cold damage. This is especially true for plants in containers, planters or balled and burlapped plants. On some otherwise hardy species, lethal root temperatures can begin at 28 °F.

Types of Damage

Low Temperatures: The signs of cold damage can be confusing, since some damage may not be evident until months later. Leaves and tender shoots subjected to freezing temperatures or chilling damage appear water-soaked and wilted. These tissues will usually turn black within a few hours or days. The tips of narrow-leaved evergreens, such as junipers, may turn uniformly brown. Broad-leaved evergreens, such as hollies, often have marginal leaf burn. Reduced flowering is common during the following season.

Bark Splitting: This type of damage occurs as a splitting of the stem or bark, typically near the base of the plant due to sudden changes in temperature. If damage occurs at the crown (base) of the plant it may not survive.

Unseasonably warm weather during winter or early spring can cause plants to come out of dormancy. If a hard frost then occurs, this type of freeze damage is common, especially on azaleas. This problem also can exist in the fall when an early frost occurs before plants have stopped growing and properly acclimated to cold weather. Split stems and branches should be pruned to unaffected growth.

Frost Cracks: A frost crack is a long, deep, narrow crack running up and down the trunk of a tree. The crack is usually on the south or southwest side of the trunk, but can occur on any side. Young trees or older trees with smooth bark are the most susceptible.

Frost cracks occur when the sun warms the trunk in the winter, causing tissues to rapidly expand or when clouds or buildings block the sun. At sunset the temperature of the trunk drops quickly to that of the surrounding air, and the trunk contracts. The outer part of the trunk cools and contracts faster than the inner tissues. This difference in contraction rates can cause the outer trunk to crack.

Protect tree trunks by wrapping them with paper tree wrap or burlap to prevent frost cracks. The wrap should start at the ground level and go all the way up to the first main branches. Fruit trees are sometimes painted with white latex paint, which reflects sunlight and keeps the trunk from cracking. Prevention is important, since once the crack occurs, nothing can be done.

Desiccation: Desiccation, or drying out, is a particular problem on evergreen plants. This occurs when water is leaving the plant faster than it is being taken into the plant. During the winter months desiccation can occur if the ground is frozen beyond the depth of the root system. If the fall has been dry, there may not be enough ground moisture available for the plant. Water loss is greatest during windy, sunny conditions. This type of injury appears as discolored or burned evergreen needles or leaves.

Care of Plants after a Freeze

Do not be in a hurry to prune or remove your damaged plants. Some plants may appear dead, but they are not. Corrective pruning should not be started until the full extent of the damage can be determined.

Injury to foliage and tender shoots should be visible within a few days, but it may be several months before damage to larger limbs can be determined. Wait to see if any live green foliage reappears or gently scrap under the outer layer of bark to see if green wood is present.

Once you have determined the extent of damage, remove any dead wood. There is very little that can be done to revive plants suffering from the extreme effects of freezing. Watering cold-damaged plants that appear wilted will not help to revive them.

Avoiding Winter Damage

  • The best way to avoid winter damage is to select appropriately hardy plants. Use plant hardiness zone maps to select plants for particular locations. Within a hardiness zone, consider using only plants adapted to a lower number if your planting site has particularly harsh conditions.
  • Allow plants to harden in the fall before cold weather begins. Do not stimulate new growth by applying excessive nitrogen or pruning in early autumn. Plants that are diseased or deficient in nutrients are more susceptible to winter injury than healthy ones. Corrective measures should be taken in time so they won’t affect cold acclimation.
  • Water plants during late summer and autumn to prevent them from entering the winter under drought stress. Drought predisposes plants to winter injury and cankers.
  • Avoid low spots that can create frost pockets and sites that can have rapid changes in temperatures. Flowers and leaf buds can be damaged when they are prematurely stimulated to open by warm days, and then subjected to freezing temperatures at night.
  • Pack potted plants close together and cover them with a translucent plastic sheet that does not touch plants. Mulch or mound soil around pots and balled and burlapped plants to insulate the roots.
  • Protect plants in exposed locations by wrapping burlap or building a lathe structure around them.

Prepared by Nancy Doubrava, HGIC Information Specialist, and Tom Fernandez, Extension Nursery Crops Specialist, Clemson University. (New 05/99.) HGIC 2350. Printer Friendly Version (PDF)
Excerpted from the South Carolina Master Gardener Training Manual, EC 678.

Friday, April 1, 2016

April Calendar of Triangle Gardening Programs

Sarah P. Duke Gardens and the JC Raulston Arboretum are holding their
spring plant sales in early April.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St., Durham, NC. 
Please call 919-668-1707 to register.

Spring Plant Sale: Member Preview Sale
Friday, April 1, 2016, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2016, 8:00 - 12:00 PM
Satursday, April 2, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 9, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 6:30 - 9:00 PM
Course meets for 2 sessions
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:30 - 12:30 PM
Plant Propagation: Dividing a Plant
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 10:30 - 12:00 PM

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Exploration Station: Free drop-in activities for all 
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
JC Raulston Arboretum
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.

Friday, April 1
16th Annual Birdhouse Competition, Part of Raulston Blooms!
10:00 am–6:00 pm
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale Plant List Available
4:00 pm–7:00 pm
Members Only Preview Sale

Saturday, April 2
Raulston Blooms! A Garden Festival for All Ages
9:00 am
16th Annual Birdhouse Competition
Part of Raulston Blooms!
9:00 am–4:00 pm
JC Raulston Arboretum Plant Sale
Plant List Available
Part of Raulston Blooms!
9:00 am–4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 5
Plantsmen's Tour:  "40th Anniversary Tour—JCRA National Collections"
Mark Weathington, Director
1:00 pm        
Building a Permaculture Garden
Registration Closed—Wait List Started
Will Hooker, Permaculture Designer and Teacher, Registered Landscape Architect, and Emeritus Professor, Department of Horticulture Science, NC State University
6:30 pm
Wednesdays, April 6–May 18, 2016 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm and Saturday, May 21, 2016 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture:  "Don't You Need More Pricks in Your Garden—Developing New Hardy Winter-hardy, Drought-tolerant Agaves for the Garden"
7:30 pm Thursday, April 14
Tony Avent, Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture: "Gardening for the Future: My Forever Garden"
Saturday, April 16, 10:00 am 
Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence

Day Tripping to Prairie Ridge
Tuesday, April 19, 8:40 am
Charles Yelton, Director, Prairie Ridge

Triangle Bonsai Expo
Saturday-Sunday, April 23-24, 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Hosted by the Triangle Bonsai Society in Cooperation with the JC Raulston Arboretum
Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:  "Aquatic Plants for Water Gardens"
Monday, April 25, 10:00 am
Marilyn Grolitzer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

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

Plant Communities of North Carolina
Tuesday, April 5,  9:00 - 12:00 PM

Coker Arboretum Spring Tour
Wednesday, April 6, 2:00 - 3:00 PM

LUNCHBOX Talk: The Biochemistry of Plant Fragrance
Thursday, April 7, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Weeds 101 
Saturday, April 9, 10:00 - 12:00 PM

NCBG50: Past, Present and Future – A KICKOFF Event
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 - 3:30 PM

Piedmont Nature Trails Rededication
Tuesday, April 12, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Honey Beehive Tour
Saturday, April 16, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Local Deciduous Trees
Saturday, April 16 and  23, 1:30 - 4:30 PM.

Battle Park: The Old and the NEW
Sunday, April 17, 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Habitat Collections Walk
Saturday, April 23,10:00 - 11:00 PM

Sunday, April 24, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Mercer Reeves Hubbard Herb Garden: Afternoon Tea and Lemon Thyme Cookies

Principles of Conservation and Biology
Tuesdays/Thursdays, April 26, 28, May 3, 5; 2:00 – 5:00pm

LUNCHBOX Talk: The UNC Herbarium – from the 19th Century into the 21st!
Thursday, April 28, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

Step into Spring 
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 PM- 8:30 PM
Prelude Party Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Flowering Plant Families
Saturdays, April 30, May 7, 14, 21; 9:15 – 12:15

Durham County Cooperative Extension

"Ergonomics for Gardeners: how to help prevent the 'Oh, my aching (you name it) feeling.'"
Sunday, April 3,  3-4 p.m.
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713
Classes are free. Registration is required.  Register online at the Durham County Library website Click on "Events" to find the full calendar of events. Go to the date of the class and sign up.  You can also call the Information Desk at South Regional Library to register: 919-560-7410919-560-7410.  

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers:  "Aquatic Plants for Water Gardens"
Monday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.
Marilyn Grolitzer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

JC Raulston Arboretum Blooms Festival: April 2