Gardeners Fair Tonight, Summer Squash, Growing Beautiful Grass in the Piedmont

Our host, Harold Johnson reminds us that tonight is the Gardeners Fair at the Duke Gardens.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy tells us about growing a summer favorite —squash, and Lise Jenkins learns about lawns in the Piedmont.

What’s Happening

The Gardeners Fair will be held tonight at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus from 6:30 - 8:00 PM.  Experts and vendors will be on hand to help you with a range of gardening issues and the Getting Dirty team will also be there.  So come out and meet everyone.  It is a free event and open to the public.
The Cooperative Extension Service has been monitoring the dearth of butterflies this year.  This is due to several factor which are discussed in detail in this publication.

Enthusiastic Gardener

This week Charles Murphy guides us through the secrets of success in growing a summer favorite —squash.

Expert Interview

Durham Master Gardener, Gene Carlone

Both warm-season and cool-season turf can be grown in the Piedmont, but both offer challenges for home gardeners.  This week, Lise Jenkins learns from Durham county Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Gene Carlone how to make selections and care for her lawn.

Coming Next….

In next week’s episode we will learn about garden maintenance for July. Charles Murphy reminds us to start planning for fall, and Harold Johnson interviews Donna Devanney, a member of the Durham Beekeepers Association, to learn about bees and the role they play in our gardens. Until then, get out to your garden and Get Dirty!


What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources
  • Summer Squash Production
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology

Expert Interview

  • NCSU Turf Grass Disease Identification
  • NCSU Turf Grass and Weed Identification


  • Gardeners Fair - July 15th. 6:30-8:00 pm. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum, this free event is open to all.  Here are some of the topics you can learn about and see on display at booths:  Beekeeping, Birding, Orchids, Rain Gardens, Mushroom logs, Sands and soils, Wild Birds.  The fair will be held at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke university Campus, Durham
  • Growing and Making Local Teas - July 20th 1:30 - 3:30 PM.   NC Botanical Garden.  Learn how all types of tea (white, green, oolong and black) are made from the leaves of camellia sinensis. The class will include an introduction to tea, hands on demonstrations and a tea tasting, including tea grown here in Chapel Hill. Fee includes your own tea leaves to take home! Limit to 10 participants. Fee: $35 ($30 NCBG members)
  • Hypertufa Trough Workshop - July 26th. 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  JC Raulston Arboretum.  Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks which were used to feed and water livestock. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Participants will mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release a finished container from its mold. Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 to register for this workshop. From June 22 through June 27, please call Elizabeth Overcash at (919) 513-7011 to register. From June 28 through July 2, please contact Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Registration is considered complete when payment is received. $65.00 for members, $75.00 for nonmembers. Fee includes all materials including mold and plywood work surface.
  • Introduction to Insects - July 26th. 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  NC Botanical Garden.  Topics will include the distinctive features, evolution, diversity, and importance of insects. There will be a 45 minute lecture, followed by 30 minutes of lab work showing the features of common orders (using microscopes) and a 90 minute field trip to Mason Farm to demonstrate collection/observation techniques and to look for examples of local species. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG Members)
  • Pollination Tour of the Garden - July 26th. 10:00 - 11:00 AM.   NC Botanical Garden.   In honor of National Pollinator Week, we are offering a free pollination-themed tour of the Garden. Come learn about the plight of our native pollinators and the role that native plant gardening plays in pollinator conservation. This 60-minute tour of our Display Gardens will highlight various plants that attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators. Participants will also receive tips and resources to turn their home landscape into a pollinator garden. Free, but please register online. Tour will happen rain or shine.
  • Cast Concrete Leaf Workshop - July 26th. 1:00 - 3:00 PM.  JC Raulston Arboretum.  This two-hour workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare your leaf, mix the concrete medium, and mold a natural leaf sculpture to hang on an inside wall or use outside in a garden. Beth and Amelia will provide leaves or you may bring your own medium sized leaf (maximum = 10″ × 8″. If you are bringing your own leaf for this workshop, please keep in mind that a leaf with a large surface area works best. Hostas and elephant ears are perfect examples. Contact Chris Glenn at (919) 513-7005 to register for this workshop. From June 22 through June 27, please call Elizabeth Overcash at (919) 513-7011 to register. From June 28 through July 2, please contact Faye Koonce at (919) 513-7457. This workshop is limited to 12 participants. Registration is considered complete when payment is received. $55.00 for members, $65.00 for nonmembers. Fee includes all materials.
  • Planting Native Pollination Gardens - July 26th. 2:00 - 3:00 PM.   NC Botanical Garden. Learn about the plants that provide season-long beauty and habitat for pollinators including how to design the garden for maximum pollinator benefit. Take a virtual tour of the extension’s popular pollinator demonstration garden in Pittsboro, NC. $15 ($10 NCBG members).
  • Animal Pollinators and their Amazing Adaptations for Floral Feeding July 27th. 2:00 - 4:00 PM.   NC Botanical Garden.  Participants take a look at pollination from the pollinator’s viewpoint — who they are, why they visit flowers, what their adaptations are for floral feeding, what unique behaviors serve the pollinators and the plants, who are the most important pollinators and how we know, what does the plight of the pollinator mean for our own human ecology. For those interested, we will take a close look at the insects working flowers in the Garden – can we tell what they are feeding on or if they are efficiently pollinating? Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members)



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