Raking Leaves, Andrea Wulf, Testing Soil

Our host, Harold Johnson, brings us up to date.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, gets to work raking leaves.  Lise Jenkins speaks with best-selling author Andrea Wulf, and Charles Murphy tells us about one of the most important thing you can do for your garden —soil testing.

What’s Happening

  • Interested in becoming a Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer?  Plan to attend one of the upcoming information sessions
  • Cankerworm workshops
  • Plants safe to transplant in your garden now
  • Frost dates are sooner than you think
  • Insect invasion is on its way

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In the Garden…

This week the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy is wondering “To rake or not to rake?” that’s our question this week.  Charles  will present things gardeners need to consider in dealing with the leaves which have begun to fall.

 

Best-Selling Author, Andrea Wulf

Lise Jenkins attended one of the featured events offered by the NC Botanical Garden as part of their Bartram exhibition and spoke with best-selling author Andrea Wulf about her views on the Bartrams’ and their story. 

In the Know…

Charles Murphy, Master Gardener Volunteer

You can’t divine the chemical composition of your soil just by looking at it.  Fortunately in North Carolina soil testing is free of charge for most of the year.  Charles Murphy explains the benefits of testing and how to go about getting a soil test done for your property.  Correction:  In this interview Charles misspeaks during a reference to pH values.  The correct values are:

 

  • pH values 1-6 are “low” or acidic
  • pH value of 7 is neutral
  • pH values over 7 are “high” or  alkaline

Coming Next….

The EPA estimates that 55-65% of waste generated in this country is residential, and much of that material is organic.  Lise Jenkins talks to NC State Extension Specialist Rhonda Sherman to find out how to use worms to recycle her kitchen scraps and create a valuable soil amendment.

Events

  • Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps - Through November 2nd - Botanical illustrations from American explorers John Bartram and his son William’s discoveries, enriched with literary, artistic and hands-on events. Fee. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Sculpture in the Garden - Through December 7th - Up to 45 large-scale sculptures created by North Carolina-based artists integrated into the garden’s outdoor environment. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Plantsmen’s Tour – Fall Garden Magic - October 7, 10:30am-12noon - Discover the science of why plants do what they do during fall. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-513-7005. jcra.ncsu.edu.
  • Intermediate Drawing - October 7-28, Tuesdays 1pm-4:30pm - In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning. Drawing Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Plants of Distinction: Fall Planting in the Vegetable Garden - October 7, 2:30-4pm - Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality, with Doris Duke Center Gardens curator Jason Holmes and horticulturist Lindsey Fleetwood. Sign up separately for each session to learn a new group of beautiful and useful plants, or take all four sections. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • The ‘New World’ of Plants – the Geography of Plants and Place - October 9, 12noon-1pm - Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Early, exploratory botanists made shrewd guesses about what was novel, often forcing their discoveries into European paradigms. Centuries later, with better information at hand, we can put in perspective the botanical diversity of North America—with no less amazement and wonder! Join us for a whimsical exploration of plants and place focused on the Bartrams’ plants and the southeastern U.S.—through science and literature, imagination and fact. Free, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • “To See the Moveing Pensil; display a Sort of Paper Creation, which May Endure for Ages”: William Bartram as a Natural History Artist - October 11, 1:30-3:00pm - Fry will survey William Bartram’s illustrations and examine his scope and influences. Bartram’s religious upbringing as a Quaker was opposed to the very idea of graphical art—but Bartram eluded these prohibitions by producing useful, scientific illustrations and mentored a new generation of young American natural history artists, most significantly ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • John and William Bartram and Southern Plants in the Garden - October 12, 2:30-4:00pm - The Bartram family business was based on hardy, woody plants, but in their Philadelphia garden they collected and propagated rarer things, and more likely new herbaceous plants. Visitors to Bartram’s Garden commented on the southern plants and trees, probably then the largest collection in one place anywhere on the continent. It is possible to reconstruct the contents of the Bartram garden over time from a variety of sources. With this we can explore some of the discoveries and garden introductions from the South at Bartram’s Garden. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Who Lives Here? - October 14, 3-4:00pm - Look at the Gardens from an animal’s point of view. Where can you find shelter, food and water? The Gardens provide these for birds, pollinators and a host of other creatures. Learn more about the web of life at Duke Gardens. This topic is also available for groups to reserve for your preferred date. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • Zoom In: Beech and Oak - October 15, 5:30-7:00pm - Explore plants from a “Zoom In” perspective with local plant ecologist Robert Thornhill. In this outdoor lab you will look at the architecture of a plant, learning what makes each unique. What do beech and oak have in common? They are both members of the Fagaceae family. Join us for a brief field lab in which you will examine the structures, identifying features and unique beauty of this family. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • NC State Fair Flower and Garden Show  - October 16-26th - State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. ncstatefair.org
    Franklinia alatamaha - October 16, 12noon-1:00pm - Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram is considered the scientific discoverer of several plant species including the Franklin tree, (Franklinia alatamaha), a rare plant when Bartram described it, which later became extinct in the wild. Learn about this discovery, the plant and its remarkable story. Free, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Photographing Plants - October 16 – November 6; see times below - Plants are amazingly complex! They are both solid and transparent, a single object and many very different parts, all interacting with the sun and wind. Learn to capture the beauty of plants in this class featuring composition and technique with photographer Maggie Wendel. Examples of Maggie’s work may be seen at maggiewendel.com. Class meets 2 Thursdays, Oct. 16-Nov. 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; 2 Saturdays, Oct. 25-Nov.1, 8-11 a.m. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707.
  • Gardening 101 - October 18, 9am-12:00 noon - Learn how to open and prepare a bed for planting, basic soil improvement strategies, how to select plants, and planting skills with Hilary Nicholas, SEEDS garden manager. Class will work in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden to see theory in practice. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • Therapeutic Horticulture – An Introductory Workshop - October 18, 9am-4:30pm - This full day workshop introduces the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants will spend the day in the Garden’s state-of-the-art horticultural therapy ‘Growing Classroom’ and gardens learning how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. The workshop will provide an overview of the field and information on therapeutic approaches, activity planning, and working with different populations. We will discuss ways to integrate therapeutic horticulture into various settings for people of all ages and abilities. The workshop is geared toward practitioners and students in the health, human services, and horticultural fields, but anyone interested in learning more about the therapeutic use of horticulture is welcome. Hands-on activities will be part of this workshop. Lunch is provided. CEU credits are available. Register early—enrollment is limited to 22 Deadline for registration: September 19. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Retro Bartram: Creating a Watercolor ‘Master from the Past’ Workshop - October 18, 9:30am-4pm - Learn to create plant portraits similar to antiquated watercolors and hand-colored engravings of Bartram’s time period using watercolors to prematurely age the paper and incorporate 18th century script and type. The goal of this Master Workshop is to create a plant portrait and introduce students to the illustrations of William Bartram and his contemporaries. (includes 30-minute lunch break) Requires experience in beginning watercolor. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu
  • Bartram’s Plants Walk - October 18, 10-11:00am - Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is an earlier one on Saturday, Setpebmer 20th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • A Conversation with National Book Award-winning Author Charles Frazier, “Bartram’s Travels” On Cold Mountain - October 19, 2:30-4:00pm - Join us for a conversation with author Charles Frazier to learn why the main character in Cold Mountain carries a copy of Bartram’s Travels on his journey to Cold Mountain, NC. In a lively exchange with our panelists, Frazier will reveal particular passages in his novel that reference nature and share the role nature plays in his narratives and his own life as a writer. Followed by a reception and book signing. Panel: Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Rives Chair of Southern Literature/Editor, North Carolina Literary Review; Peter S. White, NCBG Director; Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Durham Garden Forum – 10 Medicinal Herbs for the Home Garden - October 21, 6:30-8:00pm - Jeanine Davis’ research and extension programs are dedicated to sustainable and organic production of medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables and specialty crops. An associate professor and extension specialist for N.C. State University, Jeanine will share her picks for the top 10 medicinal herbs.Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.
  • Medicinal Plants in Your Garden - October 22, 9am-3:00pm - Plants sustain this planet, providing food, shelter, energy and medicine. Human history is entirely built upon the success of plants; even today many people still depend upon plants as their primary source for medicine. Jeanine Davis’ research and extension programs are dedicated to sustainable and organic production of medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables and specialty crops. An associate professor of horticulture science and extension specialist at N.C. State University, Jeanine will work with us to introduce a roster of medicinal plants that can be grown in your garden and discuss the research and use of each. The participants will have the opportunity to propagate a woodland botanical plant to take home and make a botanical product. Fee, pre-register. All program materials and lunch included. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • Seeing the Forest with the Trees along the Bartram Trail - October 22, 12noon-1:00pm - Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The 100+ mile Bartram Trail takes hikers through the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina, about which William Bartram wrote enthusiastically in his Travels. Steph and Tom will transport you west to explore a section of the Bartram Trail. You’ll hear Bartram’s description of Martin Creek Falls, learn about the forests you can see there today, and discover how these forests have changed. Their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia will be available for purchase and the authors will sign copies after the talk. Free, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Nature Notes Workshop - October 23-26th - This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm; Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm; Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm; Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm. Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall - October 23 – November 13, 4-6:00pm - Expand your palette of plants with information from this class with Jan Little, director of education and public programs for Duke Gardens. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and understand the culture of each plant. The fall program focuses on plants that shine in autumn and late-blooming perennial flowers. Winter introduces plant silhouettes and evergreens. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • Plant Taxonomy - October 24-November 21, Fridays 1pm-4pm - This course builds on the fundamentals of the Botany course and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. Prerequisite: Botany. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Green Monsters: Meet the Carnivorous Plants - October 25, 1-3:00pm - Learn about the secret lives of carnivorous plants and how to keep some green monsters in your own backyard; includes a plant to take home. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • Traditional Japanese Tea Gathering: Autumn Star Gazing Tea - October 25, 6:45-8:15pm - Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where, as a guest to Tea, you will experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Guests will meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • The Literary Bartram - October 26, 2:30-4:00pm - William Bartram’s Travels published in 1791 has served as a fount of imagination for many drawn to his lush descriptions of the American South and pioneering observations of its native people. Two noted southern poets will show us how Bartram’s ideas about the natural world influenced poets and writers. Georgia poet Philip Lee Williams will read from his book The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram. Jeffery Beam will read poems inspired by Bartram’s work, including those from Romantic writers including Cooper, Thoreau, Moore, Carlos Williams, and Taggart. Beam is currently the poetry editor for the journal Oyster Boy Review. Fee, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • An Introduction to English-style Gardens - October 28, 6:30-9:00pm - An authentic English garden does not translate well into North Carolina conditions. But the strategies and design elements can be adapted to our landscapes. Duke Gardens horticulturist Annabel Renwick will introduce you to the use of definition, and open ground and mixed borders in this lecture. Interested gardeners may also want to sign up for her follow-up workshop to sketch out an English-style garden for their landscape. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. [email protected]gardens.duke.edu.
  • Stalwarts of the Southern Garden: William Bartram and the Oakleaf Hydrangea - October 30, 12noon-1:00pm - Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram’s Travels transcended scientific boundaries and deeply influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and other Romantic poets. William Bartram became the first person to collect, describe or illustrate forty-two species of plants, among them the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. Dallmeyer will trace how Bartram’s path intersected with this beloved native plant now known around the world. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia and is President of the Bartram Trail Conference. She also manages the Southern Nature Project, an e-community promoting writing about the Southern environment. Free, pre-register. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.

 

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