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

Johnston County Fall Fruit and Nut Tree Sale!
blueberry bush

 

October 2nd through November 30, 2017
Johnston County Agriculture Center
The Johnston County Fall Fruit and Nut Tree Sale will begin Oct. 2, 2017 through Nov. 30, 2017 at the Johnston County Agriculture Center in Smithfield, NC.  You can purchase a variety of blueberries, muscadines, fruit trees and pecan trees at economical prices. New NCSU peach varieties grown on nematode resistant rootstock available, and apples grown on semi-dwarf rootstock.  Varieties are selected by our local extension agents based upon their expected performance in our area.  Educational handout materials provided to help you with growing and maintaining your edible trees.
Proceeds from the sale will support the efforts of the Johnston County Extension Advisory Council.
For more information and the order form;  2017-Fruit-Nut-Tree-Order-Forms

(order form is on the last page)


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 http://www.ncadfp.org/CycleXI.htm

 

Debbie

 

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension
919.542.8244
debbie_roos@ncsu.edu

www.growingsmallfarms.org

www.facebook.com/growingsmallfarms.nc

www.twitter.com/GrowSmallFarms

 

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!
Sincerely,
Home Gardener Day Coordinator
The Virginia Horticultural Foundation
757-523-4734
When
Monday, January 15, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
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Where

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 www.mastergardenersunioncountync.org – call the MG Growline 704-283-3822 or email us at ucmgwebsite@gmail.com

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER:
Holiday Seed Packets!!!

We have designed a new series of holiday-themed seed packs to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Donate $25 and receive 100 milkweed seed packs to hand out to trick-or-treaters, pass out at family gatherings or give as gifts!
LIMITED AVAILABILITY — ORDER YOURS TODAY!
Save Our Monarchs this Halloween!
Donate $25 and receive 100 milkweed seed packets hand out along with treats to all the little goblins and witches (or their parents) who visit your door.
ALSO AVAILABLE!
Save Our Monarchs this Thanksgiving!
Donate $25 and receive 100 milkweed seed packets hand out to family & friends at your Thanksgiving gathering. Fall is the perfect time to plant for next year!!
Save Our Monarchs this Christmas!
Donate $25 and receive a 100 milkweed seed packets to send out with Christmas cards, give as gifts or stocking stuffers!
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Save Our Monarchs Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is the only foundation solely dedicated to saving the monarch butterfly by planting more milkweed. Save Our Monarchs is partnering with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and garden clubs to distribute milkweed seeds, the sole source of sustenance of the monarch caterpillar. To obtain milkweed seeds or make a donation, visit saveourmonarchs.org.
Copyright © 2017 Save Our Monarchs Foundation, All rights reserved.
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Save Our Monarchs Foundation

P.O. Box 390135

Edina, MN 55439

 

Please join us for the next

MASTER GARDENER EDUCATIONAL MEETING

Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7pm

Union County Agricultural Center
3230-D Presson Road, Monroe, NC 28110

How to Grow Orchids at Home

With Shan and Tom Nasser

of Carolina Orchids
Come early to buy orchids.
Bring  any orchids you  may need help with.
This event is FREE and there will be  door prizes!
 
Please RSVP for this class or for more info call our Grow-line 704-283-3822 or email us atucmgwebsite@gmail.com
 
Please note that there are other events at the Ag Center that evening.  You may want to arrive a little early to make sure you have time to make it to the classroom from the parking lot.

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a forestry workshop entitled Minimizing Taxation for Forest Landowners as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Thursday, September 28, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

NC State University Extension Forestry Specialist Dr. Mark Megalos will discuss how to minimize the tax liability on your forest land, management operations, timber harvest sales income and estates. He will also talk about the present use valuation program/forest tax deferment. The workshop will offer something for everyone, from new to experienced forest landowners.

This workshop is FREE but pre-registration is required. Click here to register on-line. For more information call 919-542-8244.

Click here to register for the September 28 Forestry Tax Workshop: http://go.ncsu.edu/2017-forestry-tax


Raleigh, NC – Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden—Fall Open Nursery and Garden Days—Sept. 8-10 and 15-17, 2017

Shop for native, rare, and unique perennial plants at Plant Delights Nursery (PDN) and stroll through Juniper Level Botanic Garden (JLBG) during our 2017 Fall Open Nursery and Garden Days.
Fall Open Nursery and Garden Days Schedule of Events:
  • Garden Chat SeriesGardening Unplugged. These will be 15 minute plant-focused presentations during each of the Open Nursery and Garden Days, led by Tony and PDN staff.
  • Local Food Trucks:
    • Adobo Joe Food Truck
    • Barone Meatball Company
    • Jam Soft Serve Ice Cream
    • Kat-n-Around
    • Lugia’s Ice Cream
  • Local Artisans:
    • Kathy Phillips—Kathy Phillips Pottery (Sept. 16 & 17)
    • Jim Phillips—Jim Phillips Sculpture (Sept. 16 & 17)
    • Angie McClure—Treasures of Clay
Visiting PDN and JLBG is an opportunity for gardeners of all levels to learn, explore, and enjoy the 28-acre campus of Juniper Level Botanic Garden, which displays over 22,000 unique, rare, and native plants collected from around the globe. Also, take advantage of the opportunity to shop Plant Delights Nursery greenhouses for nearly 1,400 unique and exclusive perennials, including hardy palms, carex, mangave, ornamental grasses, hardy agave and pitcher plants.
The PDN and the JLBG horticultural staff and volunteers will be available throughout the botanic garden and the sales greenhouses to answer your gardening questions and help you select the perfect plants for your garden.
PDN and JLBG offer Open Nursery and Garden Days four times per year: winter, spring, summer, and fall. JLBG is a private, not-for-profit, 28-acre campus containing research, breeding, educational, and display botanic gardens, funded by 12% of sales revenue from Plant Delights Nursery.
2017 Fall Open Nursery and Garden Days are held over two weekends in September, rain or shine, free parking available.
Sept 8 Friday 8a-5p
Sept 9 Saturday 8a-5p
Sept 10 Sunday 1p-5p
Sept 15 Friday 8a-5p
Sept 16 Saturday 8a-5p
Sept 17 Sunday 1p-5p
For more information and directions please visit the website at www.plantdelights.com or www.jlbg.org
About Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden
Established in Raleigh, NC in 1988, and owned by Tony and Anita Avent, Plant Delights Nursery received the 2014 Direct Gardening Association Green Thumb Award, 2011 Perennial Plant Association Retail Award, and in 2010 was named one of the seven top mail-order plant nurseries in the country by Garden Design Magazine.
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TOUR Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden

The month of September presents two opportunities to learn about creating pollinator habitat! On Wednesday September 6 at 5:30 pm AND Monday September 25 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. 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 50different 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


2017 Carolinas Horticultural Therapy Network Workshop: 10/14/17 Charlotte, NC

Plans are coming along for our next gathering in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, October 14. We’ll meet at Hopeway, 1717 Sharon Rd W, Charlotte, NC 28210, which is a residential mental health facility.

Saturday, 10/14/17
Beginning at 8:30 am for checking in and coffee/tea, and continue with various programs until 4:00 pm.

Sunday 10/15/2017
10:00 am visit the gardens at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223

https://therapeutic-hort.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/08/2017-carolinas-horticultural-therapy-network-workshop-101417-charlotte-nc/?src=rss

Carolinas-HT-Group-2017-reg-form


2017 Twilight Chestnut Field Day

 Tuesday, September 26, 2017

5 PM

High Rock Farm

960 High Rock Rd

Gibsonville, NC 27249

Come explore the opportunities available for growing local chestnuts!

 This Field Day is intended for:

 Anyone interested in chestnuts

  • Experienced chestnut growers
  • Farmers looking to diversify into a new crop
  • Beginning farmers
  • Retirement planners

 

High Rock Farm is the largest chestnut orchard in the mid-Atlantic region. The farm will be in the middle of the chestnut harvesting period during the field day. First we will be able to look at mature trees and discuss orchard planning, tree planting, tree care, and pest control!  Then observe techniques of harvest to preparation for sales.

 

Visit the High Rock Farm website at http://www.high-rock-farm.org/chestnuts.html

NCDA has approved this program for 2 NC Pesticide Credits in subclasses N, O, D, and X.

The event is free but pre-registration is required. Contact Kathryn Holmes, Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Agent at kathryn_holmes@ncsu.edu or 336-342-8238 for more information or to register.

The entire event is outside so dress accordingly.



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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