Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date. The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, tells us about fertilzing our lawns. Lise Jenkins talks to Mitch Woodward, NC Cooperative Extension Specalized Agent for Water Quality about North Carolina’s #1 pollutant.
- Interested in becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer? Plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions
- Frost dates sooner than you think
- Insect invasion on its way
- Box Blight confirmed in Wake county
- Basil Downy Mildew outbreaks in NC
The Enthusiastic Gardener
The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, has come out of his vegetable garden and has begun to look at his lawn. This week, Charles talks to us about how to fertilize our lawns.
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.
- Building a backyard rain garden
- Erosion and Sedimentation Control in NC
- SoilFacts from NC Cooperative Extension Service
- Soil Science Extension Training
Ken Moore talks with Harold Johnson about the UNC Botanical Garden —its history and future.
- 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.
- Bartram’s Travels: A Book Review Discussion - September 4, 7-9:00 PM - NC Botanical Garden - An enduring classic that influenced Darwin, Thoreau, Leopold, and others, “Bartram’s Travels” tells how the Philadelphia botanist William Bartram explored the Southeast. Peruse the book on your own and then join us in imagining a landscape now gone. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members).
- 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.
- Exhibit and Symposium Opening Remarks and Reception: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartram’s Legacy - September 7, 2:30-4:30PM - NC Botanical Garden - John and William Bartram modeled a way of living centered on exploration and curiosity. Woodin explains how the exhibit illuminates their natural history contributions. Reception and exhibit viewing. Free; advance registration required.
- 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.
- Native Seed Propagation Workshop - September 13, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM - - NC Botanical Garden - John Bartram’s seeds of plants from Colonial America were widely treasured in 18th century England. This workshop is intended for all interested in seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage and sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG Members).
- 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.
- Bartram as a Quaker Botanist - September 18, 7-8:00 PM • Reeves Auditorium While in graduate school, Peter White came upon a pamphlet entitled The Quaker Botanists and learned that from the early 1600s, Quakers, including William Penn, were proponents of natural science, wildflower gardens, and conservation. White will describe John and William Bartram’s significance while also introducing other Quaker botanists including Humphries, Fothergill, Collinson, and Wistar and further speculate on why the early Quakers made good scientists. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members).
- Bartram’s Plants Walk - September 20, 10-11:00 AM - NC Botanical Garden - Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is another on Saturday, October 18th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free; advance registration required.
- 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.
- Native Edible & Medicinal Trees of the NC Piedmont - September 23, 1-4:00 PM - Multiple sessions - NC Botanical Garden - Tuesdays 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14 Learn traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our native trees and how to bring them into your everyday life. We’ll explore the garden, woodland trails, Coker Arboretum, and Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses will be covered in a fun, reverent, and accessible way. All levels welcome Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG Members).
- 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 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.
- NCBG ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE (open to the public and NCBG members) - September 27, 9:00 Am - 12:00 PM - NC Botanical Garden - The public and NCBG garden members are invited to a second day of the NCBG annual fall plant sale. A large selection of southeastern native perennials, woody shrubs and trees, vines, ferns, and carnivorous plants propagated and grown by our very own horticulture staff will be for sale. Non-members can become members by making a donation at the entrance to the sale to receive members’ 10% discount on all plant purchases. Proceeds benefit the horticulture department and fund several part-time garden staff positions.