October 28 - Caring for Your Tools, NC Arboretum

This week the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, tells us how to take care of the tools we are putting up for the season and Harold Johnson visits the NC Arboretum in Asheville and learns about their exciting plans now and into the future.

What’s Happening

  • Frost season on its way

Listen to the entire show: 

In the Know…

NC Arboretum Executive Director George Briggs

The North Carolina Arboretum, in Asheville, was established as part of the UNC system in 1986.  This 434-acre public garden is focused on conservation, education, research, and economic development.  Harold Johnson visited with the Executive Director George Briggs to find out about the exciting things happening at the NC Arboretum.  

 

In the Garden…

Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, has been talking to us about selecting tools.  This week Charles gives us tips on how to care for our tools and help make them last a lifetime. 

 

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.
  • 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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