Educational Opportunities

On June 1, 2019, the Blount~Bridgers Arboretum will be presenting a Spring Garden Symposium for our 6thtime!   This highly anticipated event features two outstanding speakers, Brie Arthur and Mark Weathington.  Brie will be addressing, “The Foodscape Revolution” and Mark will be discussing, “Slave to the Goddess Flora:  Plants and Plans from a Lazy Gardner.”

Attached is a PDF flyer for your membership to view outlining the schedule of events and cost for this all day event.

The Blount~Bridgers Committee hopes to see you on June 1stat this exciting Symposium.   If you have any questions, please feel free to call me for further information.  My cell is 252-326-9334.


Patti Opacinch

Patti Opacinch, Symposium Co-Chair


Pearson’s Falls and Glen –

Pearson’s Falls and Glen is a remarkable botanical wonderland that lies hidden in the foothills of the great Blue Ridge Mountains. Only a short 45 to an hour and 5 minute drive from Gvl(65 min.), Sptbg(50), Avl(45) to just off Hwy 176 between Tryon and Saluda, NC.


Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction coming to NCSU Arboretum May 5th

Courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – With spring in full bloom on the first Sunday in May, the JC Raulston Arboretum Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction returns to North Carolina State University. Rain or shine, white tent festivities will be held on the Arboretum’s Great Lawn, on May 5, from 2:30 to 6:00 PM.
Launched over 25-years ago, the annual Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction is the Arboretum’s signature spring event, catering an afternoon filled with tasty treats, local craft beer, wine, live entertainment, plus silent and live auctions. Rare and collectible plants will be picked up by the highest bidders, as well as a variety of exceptional plants for indoor, patio, or outdoor locations, including a selection of flowering perennials, flowering shrubs, and larger trees. Other items on the block include unique travel opportunities, dining experiences, and garden ornaments.
“The Garden Party is such a fun event and the best time of year to get together with people in one of the prettiest settings in North Carolina,” said Mark Weathington, Arboretum Director. “The live and silent auctions have something for everyone.”
Sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, proceeds will benefit the daily operations of the Arboretum. Tickets are available online: Click here for information and ticket purchases. Due to limited capacity, a sellout is expected.
“The Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction would be a fantastic early surprise for Mother’s Day. There’s nowhere else you can have this combination of a fun outdoor party, entertainment, plant auction, beautiful flowers, and plants, which are always perfect for Mother’s Day. It’s definitely unique,” said Weathington.
“We often do quite a few succulents which are very popular for people in offices, condominiums, apartments, and smaller spaces. We’ll have some tropical type plants, indoor plants to put on your patio and bring inside during the winter. There will be garden art, pieces that help bring the outdoors inside if you feel like you don’t have a green thumb.
“For outdoor landscapes, ticket-holders will find pretty good size trees, flowering shrubs, and herbaceous flowering perennials for gardens. So, it really doesn’t matter whether you have sun or shade, a lot of space or a little space, we will have plants that fit into any location – something for everyone.
“The silent auction is mobile bidding. We have people set up at stations to help with the app on your phone. This allows people to have fun at the party, hang out with friends, meet new ones, and to keep up with the fun of the changing status of their bids.
“The live auction is reserved for the rarest of the rare with lots of excitement and suspense. The highest bid over the years was $4,500 for a trip for two to Portugal, and we sold beautiful smaller plants for as little as $25.
Courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University
“The auction always includes a good number of choice and unusual Japanese maples. We usually have some unusual and cutting-edge things like hostas and hellebores, and just released hydrangeas. Another item we’re excited about is the introduction of a new redbud, and it’s called the Flame Thrower. Not publicly available yet, we will auction one at our sale. The Flame Thrower is a complete breakthrough with brilliant gold foliage that darkens to deep burgundy repeatedly over the season.
“Life’s just too short for boring plants. I think our gardens and plants can and should reflect our personalities. We all need to spend more time, especially with our children, families, and friends, reconnecting with the natural world,” said Weathington.
Proceeds from Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction will benefit daily operations of the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fund-raising efforts operate under the auspices of the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-6049304).
Mark Weathington, Director
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University

Please join us for the next Chatham Conservation Partnership meeting on April 18, 2019, from 9 a.m.–noon at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro.

Local naturalist Mike Dunn will share some of his images and stories of the incredible variety of plants and animals you can find in your own backyard here in Chatham County. All you need is to provide some habitat, develop your observation skills, and have some patience. Record your observations to help us know what we have so we can develop conservation strategies to preserve it.

Chris Goforth will show participants how to use the app iNaturalist to record and learn more about local flora and fauna. The meeting will take place at the Chatham County Agriculture and Conference Center, 1192 US-64 W BUS, Pittsboro, NC 27312.
The meeting will also include a field trip. For details, speaker bios, and information on how to RSVP, visit NC Cooperative Extension’s Growing Small Farms website.

We hope to see you here for this exciting workshop!


Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension



Southport’s annual plant sale will be Saturday April 27, at 8:30-12:30 during Nature Fest in Franklin Square Park. The outdoor fundraiser, come rain or shine, will feature will feature perennials, annuals, houseplants and more. Local vendors have donated various items to be raffled valued at $150 or more. Cash or checks will be accepted for plant sales and raffle. Proceeds benefit Southport Gardens maintained by the club and the annual horticultural scholarship it funds.













GCSC Chelsea Tour Information

GCSC Chelsea Trip 2020



Sunday April 17 from 2-4pm Triad Daylily Fans-Open to the public.
Mary and Steven Edwards “Just One More” Daylily Display Gardens.  20
years of enchantment Collections, Cutting edge Newest cultivars, Garden
Whimsy and Design!  Handout & Daylily drawing Earthfare,2965
Battleground Ave, GSO 336 456 4509
Display Garden:






Art in Bloom 2019 press release



I regularly post photos from the garden in the Pollinator Garden album on my facebook page. Click here to see over 800 photos taken over the years:


If you plant it they will come!