Lots to Learn

Our host, Harold Johnson brings us up to date.  Due to technical difficulties today’s show is a brief overview of some of the wonderful continuing education opportunities around our area.

What’s Happening

  • Interested in becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?  Plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions
  • Learn how to control Cankerworms at upcoming workshops
  • Plants safe to transplant in your garden now
  • Bee diversity means big bucks for berry producers

Coming Next….

Next week we learn why the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, has started digging holes in his yard.  Ken Moore talks with Harold Johnson about the UNC Botanical Garden —its history and future.

Events

  • Pollinator Workshop - September 10 at 5:30 pm - join Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos for a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The address is 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. No registration is required…just meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace at 5:30 pm, rain or shine! You can view photos of the garden and learn more at Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden
  • 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 how 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.
  • 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.
  • Pollinator Workshop - October 1, 2-5:00 pm - join Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos for a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The address is 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects. No registration is required…just meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace at 5:30 pm, rain or shine! You can view photos of the garden and learn more at Extension’s Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden
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