Get Ready, Your Fall Garden, Why Bees Matter

Our host, Harold Johnson, brings us up to date on what’s happening.    The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy reminds us to start making our fall plans. Harold talks with Donna Devanney of the Durham Beekeepers Association about the role bees play in our gardens and how we can help them. 

What’s Happening

Harold Johnson makes us all hungry today telling us about NC peaches!  He also brings us an audio postcard from last week’s Gardeners’ Fair.

The Enthusiastic Gardener

The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, reminds us that fall is coming and it soon will be time to think about transitioning our summer garden for the coming season.

Expert Interview


Donna Devanney of the Durham Beekeepers Association

Bees are responsible for pollinating billions of dollars of agricultural products, yet these amazing insects are in danger.  Harold Johnson interviews Donna Devanney of the Durham Beekeepers Association about what gardeners can do to help.

Coming Next….

In next week’s episode Lise Jenkins talks to editor / publisher of the Triangle Gardener, Bev Hurley to learn about gardening trends here in the Triangle. Until then, get out to your garden and Get Dirty!

Resources

What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources
  • Preparing the fall garden
  • Apiculture and Beekeeping
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Entomology
  • Triangle Orchid Society

Expert Interview

  • Durham County Beekeepers Association
  • North Carolina State Beekeepers Association

Events

  • 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, and 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)
  • Orchid Growers Day - August 2nd, 10am - 4pm - Presented by the Triangle Orchid Society at the JC Raulston Arboretum.  Fee, pre-register, includes lectures, lunch, and orchid.  Send checks payable to the Triangle Orchid Society to Anne Williams, 1506 Kent St, Durham, NC 2707 or [email protected]

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