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


NC State University Department of Horticultural Science is partnering with Longwood Gardens to provide an introduction to plant identification in a series of online non-credit courses. Photo stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and beautiful images are provided to teach you the key identifying characteristics of featured plants. These courses include some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and NC State University.

Each fully online courses lasts for six weeks and allows you access to password protected resources for 6 months. More information and Registration. If you would like more information please contact Lucy Bradley.

Our next class, Annuals, Perennials, and Vines, starts July 10, 2017 –

Register Here Discounted rate for Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteers
Dr. Lucy Bradley

Extension Specialist, Urban Horticulture
P: 919-513-2001
Campus Box 7609
Kilgore Hall 128
2721 Founders Drive
Raleigh, NC 27695-7609

Save the Date! 

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!


Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Calling Pollenteers of all ages! Come one, come all to Durham’s first Pollinator Garden Tour on June 24th! This one day, self-guided tour will take place during National Pollinator Week and showcase over fifteen different bee-u-tiful pollinator habitats throughout Durham.

Twelve of the participating gardens are located at local community gardens that help combat food insecurity throughout our community. These gardens are participants in Keep Durham Beautiful’s Healthy Bee, Healthy Me Program that provides local community gardens with the plants, signs, and tools needed to establish pollinator habitat near their garden spaces, which in turn helps increase food yield.

Pollinators play a vital role providing for a third of the food we consume. Imagine a nice summer day without delicious berries, watermelon, summer squash or tomatoes! Come learn more about pollinators and how to plant native habitat for our bees, butterflies, and birds during this tour filled with fun pollinator-related activities and beautiful summer blossoms.

We cannot wait to see you there! Bring a friend (or a carload of friends).Tickets range from $8-$18 and are available online. For more information check our Durham Pollinator Garden Tour website or contact


Advice Fair Flyer 2017 Final

 Peony Convention in Raleigh_artistic design invite

While you need to be an APS member to attend many of the convention events, some are free and open to the public. The cut flower and artistic design exhibition, along with the Saturday seminars, are free. I would like to invite Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. members to visit the exhibition. Better yet, to enter peonies in the cut flower or artistic design portion of the exhibition. For the artistic design arrangements, peonies do not need to be grown by the exhibitor and are provided by APS.

I have attached a schedule for the flower show. Please share with your club. If anyone is interested in entering an artistic design, please contact Linette Sorrentino at 952.237.0849 or at Entries may be setup Friday evening or Saturday morning but must be in place by 10:30am Saturday, June 2nd. Entries must be picked removed at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 4th.

In noticed the Garden Club of North Carolina’s office located at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Following a tour of Sarah P Duke Gardens in Durham, convention attendees will be touring the JC Raulston Arboretum on Thursday, June 1st.

For more convention information:

Exhibition_Schedule_2017 North Carolina


A Natural History of North Carolina

July 15 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm


In collaboration with the North Carolina Botanical Garden

The Tar Heel State features a wide range of natural features and ecological zones, from the coastal waterways of the Atlantic in the East to the mountains in the West. Join us for a day of learning about how North Carolina’s beautiful regions developed and why we have such a diverse range of habitats. Geologist Drew Coleman will review the long (very long) history of the state’s physical features and explain how geological forces created them. Conservationist Johnny Randall will discuss the evolution of plant life of North Carolina in its varied biomes throughout the state. Philosopher Richard Hall will introduce us to William Bartram, the first naturalist to describe the state before it was heavily settled. Participants will enjoy this opportunity to learn about North Carolina’s natural resources and the impact humans have had on its environment.


(One Billion) One Hundred (Million) Years of Solitude: A Geological History of North Carolina

Drew S. Coleman, Professor of Geological Sciences

The History of Plant Life in North Carolina

Johnny Randall, Assistant Director for Conservation, North Carolina Botanical Garden

On the Trail with William Bartram: Poet, Painter, Naturalist.

Richard Anthony Spurgeon Hall, Assistant Professor of Government and History, Fayetteville State

North Carolina’s Natural Resources and its People

A panel discussion with our speakers


9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017. The tuition is $140 ($125 by May 24). Tuition for teachers is $70 ($62.50 by May 24). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Lunch is included with the program.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.