Poinsettias On Trial

North Carolina poinsettia growers will send over 4 million plants to markets along the east coast.  Lise Jenkins interviews Dr. John Dole, professor and head of the Horticultural Science department at NCSU about the poinsettia trails at the JC Raulston Arboretum.  Charles Murphy explains that while raised beds are a popular way to garden in our area they don’t last forever and what you need to do to rehab your old beds.  Our host, Harold Johnson, concludes his visit to the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market.

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In the Know…

North Carolina poinsettia growers will send over 4 million plants to markets along the east coast.  With a wholesale value of over $17 million, NC State University plays a valuable role in helping growers determine which ones will be the hot new plant.  Lise Jenkins interviews Dr. John Dole, professor and head of the Horticultural Science department at NCSU about the poinsettia trails at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

In the Garden…

Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Raised beds are a popular way to garden in our area, but even a great thing doesn’t last forever.  The  Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, guides us through how to rebuild a raised garden bed.  

 

Vicki Salisbury of S & H Farms

Harold Johnson completes his trek through the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market and talks with Vicki Salisbury of S&H Farms. 

Events

  • 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.
  • Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 1:00 pm–5:00 pm.  NC State Floriculture is part of a national poinsettia program that tests poinsettia cultivars to determine which ones are best for consumers and for producers. You will have a chance to see these cultivars yourself and vote for your favorites. Approximately one hundred different cultivars of poinsettias—including numerous new experimental cultivars—will be on display. Stop by to see the famous 9′ tall poinsettia tree. Enjoy poinsettia gardens and decorated poinsettias. Help us decide which poinsettias are North Carolina’s favorites by voting for your favorite poinsettias.
  • Music Listen to Christmas carols from around the world played by the Joy Recorder Ensemble while viewing the poinsettias. They’ll begin at 1:00 PM and play through 5:00 PM with three 15 minute breaks. Musical instruments include recorders plus a hand drum, tambourine, and a glockenspiel. Members include Carrie Joy Bylina (director), Ruey Li, Jean Lin, Jean Bernard Luc, Chia-Fei Wang, and Kuy-may Wu. Cost: Free Registration: Advance registration is not available.  Location: Ruby C. McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina. Parking: Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road. Questions: Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this event.

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