CONTACT US


Headquarters:
Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc.
P. O. Box 33520
Raleigh, NC 27636-3520
919-834-0686

 

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

 

Email: theGCofNC1@aol.com
Office Hours:
Monday - Thursday 9:00-5:00

 

For Website Submissions:
See the Website Submission
Rules in Members Only
Contact:
Marcia Loudon, Website Chairman
gcnc.web@gmail.com
919-338-3957

Educational Opportunities


A two day wild mushroom foraging workshop

A two day wild mushroom foraging workshop will be held August 26-27, 2017 at the Wake County Cooperative Extension Center in Raleigh.

 

The workshop will be taught by Tradd Cotter, authorized DHEC, GADPH and NCDPH Mushroom Hunting Instructor. The workshop is intended for people who want to safely forage and sell their product commercially to restaurants and markets. The first day is educational and on the second day participants must pass an exam to receive a permit.

 

This 5 year mushroom foraging permit meets the criteria required by the state health departments and formally approved for the foraging and selling of wild mushrooms in the following states: Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Participants will receive a study guide and slides 2 weeks ahead of the class.

 

The cost is $200 and space is limited.

 

Click here for more information and to register.


76th Annual North Carolina Gourd

Arts and Crafts Festival

November 4-5, 2017

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC Admission: $2 adults; free for children under 16

This festival features displays of gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, t-shirts, and crafting supplies. Great holiday presents! A variety of competitive categories are awarded ribbons and prizes. There is a live auction on Saturday at noon and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Details about the festival, a listing of gourd crafting workshops, and information on how to enter the competitions are on our web site: www.ncgourdsociety.org/festival. For more information, call (919) 696-0744.


Chatham County Cooperative Extension has a workshop just for you!

 

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 Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro.

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

Saturday September 16 from 1:00-5:00 pm

Monday September 18 from 1:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday September 20 from 9:00 am-1:00 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 200 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.

Right now in the pollinator garden there are over 60 different species in bloom!

Advance registration is required for these workshops. Click here to download a registration form on the Growing Small Farms website. Space is limited and workshops usually fill up before the deadline so register early!


Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden

The month of August presents two opportunities to learn about creating pollinator habitat! On Monday August 7 at 10:00 am AND Tuesday August 15 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. It features over 200 unique species of plants, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. These plants were all procured from local nurseries!
Garden tour participants will also learn about the nesting habitat for ground nesting and cavity nesting bees at the garden!
No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace a few minutes before the start of the tour, rain or shine! The garden is looking great and has over 65 different species in bloom this week.
Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org!
You can view photos of the garden on Extension’s Growing Small Farms website.
The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.
The “What’s in Bloom” section of the garden website features snapshots of the garden as well as photos of all the plants currently in bloom.
I posted the garden tour schedule on the website in case you can’t make these tours – I will be doing them regularly through October, on different days of the week and at different times to accommodate visitors’ busy schedules. The garden looks different each month so visit often!
2017 Pollinator Garden Tour & Workshop Schedule



Wonders of Water, March 3 – 11, 2018

Experience a sea of color as America’s premier flower show explores the extraordinary, essential and life-giving beauty of water in the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show, Wonders of Water,” March 3 to 11 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  Delight in colorful water-loving blooms, view an artful hydroponic wall, and marvel at fanciful fluid fountains.

Groups will experience and gather ideas from more than ten acres of imaginative landscapes, garden vignettes, and floral displays during their visit. Thousands of plants competing for blue ribbons will be on display, as well as floral arrangements, container gardens, and patio plantings.

Planning a trip to the Flower Show is easy. Group prices and reservations will be available this August 2017. Stay connected to us all year —  follow us on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest news about the 2018 Flower Show.

 

The month of June presents two opportunities to learn about creating pollinator habitat! On Wednesday June 14 at 5:30 pm AND Saturday June 24 at 2:00 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other beneficial insects. It features over 200 unique species of plants, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. These plants were all procured from local nurseries!
Garden tour participants will also learn about the nesting habitat for ground nesting and cavity nesting bees at the garden!
No registration is required…just meet on the lawn in front of Chatham Marketplace a few minutes before the start of the tour, rain or shine! The garden is looking great and has over 45 different species in bloom this week.
Visit the pollinator garden website at www.carolinapollinatorgarden.org!
You can view photos of the garden on Extension’s Growing Small Farms website.
The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312.
The “What’s in Bloom” section of the garden website features snapshots of the garden as well as photos of all the plants currently in bloom.
I posted the garden tour schedule on the website in case you can’t make these tours – I will be doing them regularly through October, on different days of the week and at different times to accommodate visitors’ busy schedules. The garden looks different each month so visit often!
2017 Pollinator Garden Tour & Workshop Schedule
I hope to see you there!

 

 

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