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

The thirty-fourth Davidson Horticultural Symposium

 presented by the Davidson Garden Club will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018at Davidson College in the Knoblock Campus Center from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (includes lunch). The theme this year is Inspiration to Reality.  Our nationally recognized speakers will share with us their infectious passions in the garden.  There is nothing like the feeling of excitement & creativity as they energize us with the knowledge to accomplish our garden goals.


We would like to be included in your December/January newsletter or website event page. Below you will find a brief synopsis about this year’s symposium speakers. More information is available on our website.  If you are unable to post in your calendar or newsletter, please share this information with those who would be interested attending.


TROY SCOTT SMITH “Restoring Vita’s Vision for Sissinghurst”: Troy Scott Smith, the head gardener at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England, is on a mission to rejuvenate the beloved Sissinghurst Castle Garden. He will take us on a journey from the inspiration of the original plantings through the ensuing years and then how he will “re-Vita-lize” one of the world’s greatest gardens.


WILLIAM D. RIELEY, PLA  “Jefferson’s Landscapes: A Historical Perspective”: William Rieley, one of the premier authorities on research, design, and preservation of public parks, roads, parkways, and a plethora of historic sites & gardens, wants to introduce us to the Thomas Jefferson who created a different type of revolution; organic landscape architecture. Join us as we investigate the source of Jefferson’s creative muse.


KERRY ANN MENDEZ “Design Lessons Learned from Magnificent Gardens”: Kerry Ann Mendez, a renowned garden speaker, educator, author and design consultant, will emphasize the design essentials that create great gardens and apply them in a way that accommodates home gardens of any size. She will address texture, movement, color, garden accessories, and more. Kerry Ann will share design strategies that transform conventional gardens to stunning, personalized places of retreat and enjoyment.

TED STEPHENS “Choosing the Best Plants for Carolina Gardens”: Ted Stephens of the family owned nursery, Nurseries Caroliniana, is known as the consummate plantsman. His research has led to rare and unusual plants that will stand up to the vagaries of our weather and soil conditions. He’ll tell us about the hybrid trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals that improve on the species and will grow well in our gardens.

For more information and registration forms visit our website:


If you wish to receive 4 hrs. credit from the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects, please mention this on your registration form.

(We sold out last year by Feb 1st; we suggest you register early).

MAHSC is a nationally-recognized annual training for professionals in the Green Industries, sponsored by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation. Every winter it’s an innovative program for all levels of horticultural staff to gain professional certifications or maintain them by earning many CEUs. In January 2018, MAHSC will be hosting the short course at the Founder’s Inn in Virginia Beach!

We have a mission of horticultural education for the industry and the public. Please find out more information about our 501(c)(3) organization here.

Registration and CEUs

Submit your CEU’s Here

Have you ever wondered who attends the Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course? Interested in seeing the survey results? Click below to to see a “snapshot” of the audience demographics gathered through the 2017 MAHSC evaluations!

Visit their site here!

OR Call 757-366-5700!


Grant Programs for Beekeeping & Farmland Preservation

Press release from N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until Dec. 15 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm preservation projects and the new N.C. Beehive Grant Fund for the purchase and construction of beehives.

The trust fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms.

Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public and private enterprise programs that promote profitable and sustainable agricultural, horticultural and forestland activities; for the development of agricultural plans; and for the purchase and construction of new beehives.

The N.C. Beehive Grant Fund is accepting its first cycle of applications this fall for certified beekeepers to establish new beehives. The request for proposals includes $25,000 for beehive projects on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible recipients.

“The new beehive grants will further support family farms in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “NCDA&CS is committed to conserving working lands throughout our great state and enhancing the agribusinesses that keep farms productive.”

Click here to access the grant application and guidelines. Call 919-707-3072 with any questions. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Details at




Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension


2018 Home Gardener Day

A Bit of Spring in the Middle of Winter
You’re invited to the 2018 Home Gardener Day – Gardening in the South.
Join with gardeners from around the region for a day dedicated to – the love of gardening.   Enjoy a catered lunch, visit educational booths and garden vendors, place a bid at the Silent Auction, shop the bookstore, and take home a few additions for the garden from our newest feature – Winter Plant Sale.  Afternoon workshops round out the day with hands-on projects.  Kick off a new year of gardening with us on January 15th at the Founders Inn.
  • Six nationally and regionally renowned garden speakers
  • Afternoon workshops with Make & Takes
  • *NEW* Winter Plant Sale
Click on the link below to register!
Register Now!
Thank you and we hope to see you in January!
Home Gardener Day Coordinator
The Virginia Horticultural Foundation
Monday, January 15, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Founders Inn & Spa
5641 Indian River Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Driving Directions

Hey Fellow Gardeners!

Bulbs for Public 2017
This Saturday October 7th from 9 am to 1 pm the UCEMGVA will be having their annual Fall Bulb and Plant Sale
At the Greenhouse behind the Union County Agricultural Center
3230 Presson Road
Monroe NC 28112
Attached you will find the selection of bulbs we will be offering this year.  We also have some very different specialty bulbs in our Collectors Corner…check it out!
In addition, we will have a selection of Blueberry bushes, Japanese persimmons, Pear Trees, Peach Trees, Figs, native plants and of course perennials from our Teaching Garden!
There will be houseplants and tropical plants that we need to clear out of our Greenhouse at special discounts.  So if you are looking to green up your interior spaces these are a must see!
Rain barrels and Composters are available for purchase and pick up on Sale day.  We will also be selling our signature Note Cards and Showa Atlas nitrile garden gloves that are now available in black and in men’s sizes too!
Pray for much needed rain & Hope to see you in the Garden!
As always – thank you so much for supporting the Union County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association!
For more information please see our website – call the MG Growline 704-283-3822 or email us at

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!
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!