Look ahead to spring, Durham’s Trees in Danger

Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, encourages us to start planning for spring color by planting fall bulbs.  Lise Jenkins interviews Durham’s Urban Forest Manager, Alex Johnson, about the city’s plans to stop the invasion of Cankerworms and the threat they pose to Durham’s trees.

What’s Happening

  • Interested in becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?  Plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions
  • Box Blight confirmed in Wake county
  • Basil Downy Mildew outbreaks in NC 
  • Thinking about a fall vegetable garden?
  • It’s tick season: Be Alert
  • Find out more about Digging In Durham seed exchange at a library near you

The Enthusiastic Gardener

Our Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, has visions of a colorful spring and is beginning to plan his fall bulbs. Learn about how you can create a colorful future.  

Expert Interview

Alex Johnson, Durham’s Urban Forest Manager

Durham’s city trees were planted in the 1930s, and in the older parts of town they soar 70-80 feet into the air.   Lise Jenkins interviews Durham’s Urban Forest Manager, Alex Johnson, to learn about the unique approach the city has taken to protect our trees against a threat to their existence —the cankerworm. 

Workshops

Several agencies are partnering to offer Cankerworm Workshops including City of Durham Urban Forestry, Durham County Sustainability, Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Keep Durham Beautiful, and the Durham County Cooperative Extension Service.

Flyer of upcoming workshops

FREE workshops at Sarah P. Duke Gardens - 420 Anderson Street - to register

  • September 9th, 7-8pm - Introduction to Cankerworm Control
  • September 22nd, 6:30-7:30pm - Introduction to Cankerworm Control

FREE workshop at the Durham County Extension Office - 721 Foster Street - to register

  • September 17, from 6:30-7:30pm

FREE banking and gluing workshops at time & location TBD - to register

  • October 15th - Band Creation
  • October 25th - Band Creation
  • November 12th - Gluing Session
  • November 15th - Gluing Session

Additional Resources

  • Durham Urban Forestry
  • Durham Public Library
  • Trinity park neighborhood association guide

Coming Next….

Mitch Woodward, NC Cooperative Extension Specalized Agent for Water Quality tells Lise Jenkins about the #1 threat to North Carolina’s water and what individuals can do about it.

Events

  • Turf - September 4, 6:30-8pm  - Grass is one of the most difficult plants to grow in our area, and many of us struggle to achieve a beautiful lawn. Extension Master Gardener volunteer Charles Murphy will discuss optimal lawn care for our Piedmont area climate and soil. He will introduce you to the best maintenance methods and untangle the confusing range of lawn care products. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, No registration fee, registration required, call 919-668-1707.
  • Raleigh Home Show  - September 5-7 - Find inspiration, tips, products and deals in home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces. Raleigh Convention Center. downtownraleighhomeshow.com.
  • Lawn Care - September 6, 10am-11am - Maintaining a beautiful lawn in our area is a struggle for many of us. Extension Master Gardener Gene Carlone will discuss the pros and cons of cool season and warm season grasses, optimal lawn care for our Piedmont climate and soil. He will introduce you to the best maintenance methods and untangle the confusing range of lawn care products. Free, pre-register to 919-384-7526 or [email protected]. Durham Garden Center, Durham. durhamgardencenter.com.
  • Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival - September 6-7  - Workshops, displays, competition, vendors, books, and more in this 73rd annual event by the NC Gourd Society. Raleigh. ncgourdsociety.org.
  • Master Gardener Information Session - September 9, 10-noon  - Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. NC Cooperative Extension - 721 Foster St. - Requires registration. Call 919-560-0525.
  • Cool Season Vegetables - September 14, 3-4pm  - Yes we can grow roots and shoots in the cool seasons here in Durham County. Come learn about how to plan your garden and manage plants for maximum productivity. Durham County Extension Master Gardeners Faye McNaull & Lynne Nelson will tell you exactly what you need to know to grow veggies in late fall, winter and early spring. Durham Public Library, South Branch.  No registration fee, registration required, call 919-560-7410.
  • Master Gardener Information Session - September 18, 10-noon  - Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. NC Cooperative Extension - 721 Foster St. - Requires registration. Call 919-560-0525.
  • Bulbs in the Landscape  -  September 23, 6:30-8pm - Durham Garden Forum with Lee Ivey, horticulture instructor North Carolina State University. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, membership in Durham Garden Forum or $10 for visitors.  Free parking.
  • Master Gardener Information Session - September 23, 1-3pm  - Attendance at one of these information sessions is a requirement to apply for the training program. NC Cooperative Extension - 721 Foster St. - Requires registration. Call 919-560-0525.
  • Rain Gardens - September 25, 6:30-8pm  - A rain garden allows water to percolate down into the ground slowly, recharging your ground water and minimizing the amount of soil and fertilizer that would otherwise be lost through runoff. Explore the beauty and functionality of rain gardens with Master Gardener Volunteers Georganne Sebastian and Darcey Martin. They will discuss the where, why, and wow of water conservation through residential rain gardens.  Sarah P. Duke Gardens, No registration fee, registration required, call 919-668-1707.
  • Southern Ideal Home Show - September 26-28 - The Triangle’s largest Home and Garden show, will host three days of innovative home products, services and ideas to thousands of local homeowners. Two buildings will be packed with over 300 home and garden experts. Be inspired by innovative and current trends in home remodeling, outdoor living, decorating, kitchen & bath, and much, much more. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. southernidealhomeshow.com/hfr.
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