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

Wednesday May 16 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 210 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 at 5:30 pm, rain or shine! The garden is looking great and has over 40 different species in bloom this week.

Visit the pollinator garden website at!

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 this tour – 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!

2018 Pollinator Garden Tour & Workshop Schedule

I hope to see you there!




Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

If you are coming to the

Parks Mill Spider Lilies
Open House

May 19 & 20, 2018

please email Bill Stringer at
with preferred time slot and number of attendees!

In 2016, the SC Native Plant Society and the Naturaland Trust purchased, with the aid of a grant from the SC Conservation Land Bank, the Parks Mill Rocky Shoals Spiderlily (Hymenocallis coronaria) site on Stevens Creek in McCormick County.  This purchase brought under protection the last significant  population of this very rare and spectacularly beautiful native plant in South Carolina, second in area only to Landsford Canal State Park on the Catawba River.

The lilies share the site with a largely intact, but non-functional water-powered grist mill, featuring late 19th century turbine technology.  The SC Native Plant Society has the challenge of preserving the site for posterity. There has been a keen interest by the public in learning more about this Site, so a second Open House event will be held this weekend, May 19 & 20.

During these two days, members of the SC Native Plant Society and other environmental organizations, as well as the general public, will be able to step onto the historic grist mill site and to view the lilies in their full glory.  There will be Native Plant Society members present to serve as guides and to answer questions, and we will make brief presentations on the lilies preservation and on-going efforts to stabilize the historic mill facility.

If you or your group would like to visit during this Open House,
please email Bill Stringer at

and indicate number of persons

and which of the four time slots you prefer:

10:00 – 12:00 and 1:00 – 3:00
on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 & 20.

As there is very limited parking at the Site, we ask that very rigorous car-pooling practices be observed.  We have also made arrangements for off-site parking in downtown Plum Branch, with a shuttle vehicle to transport you to and from the Parks Mill site.  To request a shuttle, please call (864) 979 3169.

For more info on the Parks Mill site, go to

Cullowhee Native Plant Conference

July 18-21, 2018

Claudia West will be a speaker at the 35th Annual Cullowhee Native Plant Conference. West is a leader in ecological plant design, and heads a lineup of outstanding speakers at the Southeast’s premiere native plant conference.You’ll find her Friday afternoon talk “Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Garden Design and Ecology” truly inspiring.The purpose of the Cullowhee Conference is to increase interest in and knowledge of propagating and preserving native southeastern plant species in the landscape. Past participants of the conference have included landscape architects, commercial nursery operators, garden club members, botanists, and horticulturists from state highway departments, universities, native plant societies, botanical gardens, and arboretums. Both professionals and laypersons will gain valuable knowledge from the informative field trips, lectures, and workshops.Visit for more information and to register.

Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment | 828-227-7397 |

Thursday May 10 at 10:00 am 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.

11th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration on Saturday, May 19

from 9:00 am-1:00 pm in Pittsboro, NC


Come join the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association for our 11th Annual Pollinator Day Celebration onSaturday, May 19, from 9:00 am til 1:00 pm on the lawn next to the Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro, NC. The purpose of our popular Pollinator Day is to raise public awareness of the importance of the bees and other pollinators that are needed to produce 80 percent of our flowering plants and one third of our human food crops. The event is co-sponsored by Starrlight Mead.

We have a great program planned for folks of all ages and all activities are free!

You can hear a presentation about beekeeping – how to get started, equipment needs, management tips – from experienced beekeepers. Watch an expert beekeeper work an actual hive inside a bee cage (bees inside, participants outside!) and see honey bees up close and personal. Learn about what to plant in your garden to attract butterflies and bees and other pollinators. Tour Cooperative Extension’s demonstration Pollinator Paradise Garden at Chatham Mills and get a close look at visiting pollinators. Sample delicious foods made with local honey and get recipes for how to cook with honey. Learn about native bees and butterflies.

Ever tried honey wine? Co-sponsors Starrlight Mead will be doing a mead tasting and a mead making demonstration. Visitors can also visit the meadery where they produce their award-winning honey wines on the Chatham Mills property!

Visit our kids’ tent with lots of activities for kids including a scavenger hunt, plant-a-pollinator-plant, beeswax candle making, face painting, pollinator games and balloons, and more! Watch “Bee TV” – park yourself in front of an observation hive and watch the worker bees tending to the queen. It’s mesmerizing!

We will be giving away native plants and gift certificates from local nurseries and businesses throughout the day, thanks to generous support from:

Angelina’s Kitchen
Big Bloomers Flower Farm
Chatham Marketplace
Country Farm & Home
Cure Nursery
Growing Wild Nursery
Mellow Marsh Farm
Niche Gardens
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Pickle Jar Café
Starrlight Mead
Wild Birds Unlimited

For details, photos, and a program schedule visit the Growing Small Farms website.



Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail Kick Off Event with Special Events along the trail – Food, Drinks, Information

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 9:00 am  starting at the Town of Halifax Farmers’ Market (209 South Main Street, Halifax, Virginia) where you can pick up a brochure about special events along the trail and also a map.


  • This is a self-drive event where participants can choose which pieces and areas of Halifax they wish to visit.  Along the trail there will be restroom stops, food,  and drinks
  • Follow the Halifax Barn Quilt Trail Facebook page for up to date information.
  • For information about the location of the Barn Quilts, pictures and history of the pieces visit the Halifax-South Boston Visitors Center Website!/catid=13




Class will cover: Soil types/Preparation, pH levels & adjustment, properly planting the shrubs, varieties of Hydrangea, environment and care, & proper pruning.  Question and Answer session through ought.


Venue: Toms Creek Nursery

6454 Old NC Hwy. 49

Denton, NC 27239


Class Date: June 2

Time: 10am – 2pm

Fee: ‘Free’ Community Lesson


Class taught by: Ben Brandon of the Randolph County, NC Cooperative Extension & Julie Robbins, Master Gardener apprentice.



Phone: 336-857-2131


Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants: 6 Week, Online Course

— Written By Lucy Bradley

Image by Rebecca Siegel CC-BY

Learn about edibles for the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants.

General Public: $195.00

Members: Longwood Gardens/JC Raulston Arboretum $175.00

Volunteers: Longwood Gardens/JC Raulston Arboretum $98.00

Extension Master Gardener volunteers: $98.00

Register Now

This online course allows you to learn to identify plants on your own schedule. Longwood Gardens is partnering with NC State University Department of Horticultural Science to provide a fully-online introduction to plants. This survey course will introduce you to plants that can be grown throughout the nation. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online fact pages, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images you will learn the key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape. This is one of three online non-credit courses, each focused on different plant groupings and each including some favorites as well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and North Carolina State University.

This is an asynchronous, fully online, self-paced, non-credit course. You may participate anywhere that you have access to the internet. You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire 6 weeks of the class and for 6 months after the course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times that you will need to meet online.

In addition to the course fee you may choose to purchase an optional hard copy of the online e-book that is included with the course.

This six-week, online class, on Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants starts on March 5, 2018.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact Dr. Lucy Bradley (


Mill Mountain Garden Club and Roanoke Valley Garden Club, partners for Historic Garden Week in Roanoke along with The Garden Club of Virginia, invite you to visit our tour on April 28, at a discounted rate of $20 per person.
New for 2018 will be “Palooza in the Park”, a mini-festival featuring food, fashion and flowers…come celebrate all things spring in Roanoke!
The tour is self-guided and will feature three exquisite homes and three unique gardens.
Take a peek at the enclosed brochure which highlights the homes, gardens and other attractions on April 28.
If you plan to visit, do me a favor and shoot me an email, text or call so we can be looking out for you and make sure you receive the discounted rate when you arrive at the Ronald McDonald House.
Sara H. Beedie
Historic Garden Week – Roanoke Tour


We offer Visitors’ Day tours and Private Group Tours, both by reservation. The Reserve’s Visitors’ Days are held the first Tuesday of every month, April –October and are geared towards parties of 4 or less interested in viewing the gardens. The Reserve’s Private Group Tours are led by our Executive Director Kelly Holdbrooks, who guides visitors through the Reserve’s garden rooms, each room expressing a unique aspect of high elevation forest ecology. Tours last approximately 2 hours and visitors are welcome to bring a sack lunch and enjoy a picnic lunch in the gardens following the tour.
Please visit our website at to learn more about us. We encourage you to take a virtual stroll through the gardens on the “Our Gardens” page, or gain a deeper understanding about the Reserve by watching our film “Genius Loci: Southern Highlands Reserve” which can be viewed right on our home page.
2017 SHR Brochure. with added information

OPEN TO PUBLIC (non Master Gardeners) on Saturday

Information and registration

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