Fall Fun, The American Dream, Gardening Trends in the Triangle

Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to speed on garden happenings this week and explains how to get help from Master Gardeners with your questions.   The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy explores the American Dream, and Lise Jenkins talks with editor / publisher of the Triangle Gardener, Beverly Hurley, and learns about gardening trends in the Triangle. 

What’s Happening

Do you have a question for a Master Gardener?  Before you phone the County Extension office, Harold will have tips to make your call more productive.  You can find a tip sheet on the Resources section of our website.


The Enthusiastic Gardener

Charles Murphy explores what it takes to achieve the American Dream here in the Piedmont —a nice green lawn.


Expert Interview

Beverly Hurley, Editor / Publisher Triangle Gardener Magazine

In 2009, Beverly Hurley began publishing The Triangle Gardener, our region’s only free gardening publication.  Lise Jenkins asks Bev for her perspective on gardening trends in our region and what the future holds.


Coming Next….

We will learn about landscaping choices for modern houses when Harold Johnson interviews George Smart of the Triangle Modernist House organization and Sharon Bell Glazener, landscape architect and daughter of one of North Carolina’s most noted landscape architects, Dick Bell.



What’s Happening - North Carolina State University Resources


Expert Interview

  • The Triangle Gardener



  • Orchid Growers Day - August 2, 10am-4pm - Presented by the Triangle Orchid Society at the JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh NC 27695. Fee, pre-register, includes lectures, lunch, and orchid. Send checks payable to the Triangle Orchid Society to Anne Williams, 1506 Kent St, Durham, NC 27707 or [email protected]. triangleorchidsociety.org.
  • Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Draw - August 2, 1pm-4:30pm -This workshop shows students that drawing is a skill anyone can learn. Students progress from a blank sheet of paper to a beautiful, finished drawing. Come try, and discover that yes, you can draw! Serves as ¼ of an elective credit for both NCBG certificate programs. No prerequisites. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Botany - August 2-23, Saturdays 9:15am–1:15pm - This course is introductory in nature and is designed for a broad audience. It is a fundamental core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations of examples in the Garden. No prerequisites. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Plantsmen’s Tour – Shady Shrubs - August 5, 9am-10:30am or 6pm-7:30pm - When it’s too hot for the sunny spots in the landscape, gardeners retreat to the shade. Find out about some proven performers and new additions to the shady shrub palette with Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum
  • Walk on the Wild Side - August 7, 11am-12noon - Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu
  • Where the Land is the Star - August 10, 2:30pm-4pm - One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generations – John Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Gray – could be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Garden to Table – Tasty Summer Vegetables - August 16, 1:30pm-3pm - Bring your whole family to learn how to use seasonal vegetables. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7011 or [email protected]. jcra.ncsu.edu
  • Sustainable Lawns - August 16, 2pm-4pm - Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. You can strive for lawns to be a dense grass of one type, mixed stands of many types of plants or alternatives like mosses or low ground covers. Lawns can be suitable for very active or more passive use. Alan will look at many lawn options while focusing on the sustainable issues that affect each. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Extension Gardener Series: Autumn Container Design - August 21, 6:30pm-8pm-
    Learn how to design your own fall container garden. Sponsored with the NC Cooperative Extension Service Durham County. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu
  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration (Short Course) - August 23, 1pm-4:30pm -This half-day class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration, and introduces the instructors. It is required for ALL students beginning the NCBG certificate program but is open to anyone. No prerequisites. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels” - August 24, 2:30pm-3:30pm -We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required.  North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu

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