Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520


Physical Location:
J.C. Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC


Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00


For Website Submissions:
See the Website Submission
Rules in Members Only
Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman

Educational Opportunities

“Bee Pollinator Friendly” Field Day

on Saturday September 8

The Piedmont Research Station will host a “Bee Pollinator Friendly” Field Day on Saturday September 8 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. in Salisbury, NC.

Attendees will rotate through several stations to learn about habitat for farms, roadsides or constructed pollinator meadows; native plants that make for good pollinator habitat; native bees, butterflies, and beneficial insects; honey bees and beekeeping; pesticide application techniques to protect pollinators; and how to use available technology to map honey bee and specialty crop locations. The Field Day will start promptly at 1 p.m.

Target Audience: Farmers, Beekeepers, Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisors and Staff, Extension Agents, Urban Planners, Landscapers and Landscape Architects, Master Gardeners, Nurserymen/Greenhouse Growers

Educational Stations:

Native Pollinators:

Hannah Levenson (NCSU Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology), Jonathan Giacomini (NCSU Department of Applied Ecology), Sara Giacomini (NCSU Department of Applied Ecology), and Elsa Youngsteadt (NCSU Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology)

Farm Habitat:

Hunter Barrier (NCDA&CS) and John Isenhour (NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

Native Plants for Pollinator Habitat:

Debbie Roos (NC Cooperative Extension, Chatham County Center)

 FieldWatch/Pesticide Options:

Jason Williams (NCDA&CS)

Application Equipment:

Steve Gatton (NCDA&CS)

Participants will also be able to visit educational displays from several different organizations.

The Pollinator Field Day is sponsored by the following organizations:

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services

North Carolina State University

North Carolina A&T State University

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

NC State Extension North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance

Rowan County Beekeepers

The event is free and offers three hours of pesticide credits for attendees (for N=Demo and Research, O= Ag pest plant, D=dealer, X=private).

To register, go to

Field Day Location:

Piedmont Research Station 8350 Sherrills Ford Road

Salisbury, NC 28147-7579

For more information, contact:

 Kelly Snider

NCDA&CS Research Stations


Debbie Hamrick

N.C. Farm Bureau


Learn how to create a pollinator paradise like the one found at Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.

If you want to attract more pollinators to your farm or garden, or if you just want to expand your perennial garden and provide resources for pollinators and other wildlife, then Chatham County Cooperative Extension has a workshop just for you! Learn how to create a pollinator paradise like the one found at Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Gardenat Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer its very popular pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on THREE dates this fall:

Tuesday September 11 from 9:00 am-1:00 pm

Monday September 17 from 1:00-5:00 pm

Saturday September 22 from 1:00-5:00 pm

This is the same workshop offered on three different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules.

Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and protecting pollinators and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will start at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro and conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s demonstration pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the traffic circle. The garden is comprised of over 210 different plant species, 85% of which are native to North Carolina.

**** Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants (Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias incarnata) grown by local nursery Mellow Marsh Farm to take home to plant for pollinators! These species are great for both bees and monarch butterflies.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the pollinator garden to see how it progresses through the seasons.

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Space is limited so please register early to reserve your spot (they always fill up before the deadline!). The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes a flash drive of resources plus native perennial milkweed plants. Call 919-542-8244 or email Debbie Roos for more information.

Beneficial Insects as Natural Enemies in the Farm, Garden, and Landscape

Too often growers, gardeners, and landscapers kill beneficial insects that they mistake for pests, or allow pest populations to build up because they think they are beneficials. Proper identification is the first step in developing an effective pest management plan.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop entitled Beneficial Insects as Natural Enemies in the Farm, Garden, and Landscape as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will teach participants how to identify the different life stages of the major beneficial insects found on farms, gardens, and landscapes and to understand the role they play as natural enemies of many of our pests.

This workshop will provide 2 continuing certification credits for private and commercial pesticide applicators in classes L, N, O, D, and X. Advance registration is required for this workshop.  The deadline to register is August 31.

Click here for a link to register on-line.

Practical Strategies for Gardening in Challenging Times and Conditions

Join the Extension Master Gardener℠ volunteers of Vance/Warren Counties for a Gathering of Gardeners: Practical Strategies for Gardening in Challenging Times and Conditions on September 22, 2018, 9:00  a.m. to noon. Topics include:
  • Building and using rain barrels
  • Gardening with straw bales
  • Selecting great plants for challenging conditions

Participants can also get their gardening questions answered from a panel of Master Gardener volunteers. The event will be at Buck Spring Park in Warren County, located at 217 Nathaniel Macon Dr. Registration is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. All the details are available at



Here is an interesting tool from Rutgers that you might want to check out.  You may just find the ‘right plant’ for the right pollinator.

You can pick the right month for attracting both resident pollinators, as well as those passing through.  Have fun planning for fall attractions for pollinators


The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents two special exhibitions, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artand Candida Höfer in Mexico, October 13, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Alongside more than 35 paintings and sculpture by this founder of American modernism, The Beyondincludes works by emerging artists including Louise Jones, Anna Valdez, and Britny Wainwrightthat evoke and expand upon O’Keeffe’s innovative artistic language. Candida Höfer in Mexicofeatures 25 large-scale “portraits” by photographer Candida Höfer of magnificent interiors of libraries, convents, theaters, churches, and museums throughout Mexico. The exhibitions are ticketed together; tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 7, for members, and Tuesday, September 4, for n

“These two exciting exhibitions showcase groundbreaking work from two preeminent female artists,” says Museum Director Larry Wheeler. “The exhibitions are both supported by the NCMA’s ongoing initiative, Matrons of the Arts, created to bring in more exhibitions by female artists, acquire more work by them, and support programming and events surrounding work by female artists.”

2014.35 Georgia O’Keeffe
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932
Oil on canvas
48 × 40 in. (121.9 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 53 in. × 44 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in.

The Southeastern Vegetable Extension Workers Group has just released the 19th edition of the

Southeastern U.S. Vegetable Crop Handbook.

This handbook represents a joint effort among Extension Specialists and Researchers from 12 land-grant universities in the U.S. who work in the area of vegetable production. These specialists and researchers represent a wide array of disciplines: agricultural engineering, entomology, olericulture (vegetable production), plant pathology, postharvest physiology, soil science, and weed science.

This handbook comprises up-to-the-minute information developed from research and Extension projects conducted throughout the southeastern United States.

Growers can get information on:

  • General Production Recommendations
  • Specific Crop Recommendations
  • Soil Pests—their Detection and Control
  • Calibrating Chemical Application Equipment
  • Registered Fungicides, Insecticides, and Miticides for Vegetables
  • Insect Control for Commercial Vegetables
  • Disease Control for Commercial Vegetables
  • Chemical Weed Control in Vegetable Crops

The handbook is geared towards larger scale conventional growers. However the book also includes information relevant to organic growers, such as cultural practices, variety selection, and information on primary pests and diseases.

Click here to download the Southeastern U.S. 2018 Vegetable Crop Handbook