Educational Opportunities

Arboretum Magical Exhibition INFORMATION

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – For seven nights in November, the magical lighting exhibition Moonlight in the Garden returns to illuminate and showcase JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University.

Sold out every evening in 2018, Moonlight in the Garden provides the only opportunity each year to access and experience JC Raulston Arboretum after dark.

Moonlight in the Garden is a chance for us to light up the garden and share what a magical place the Arboretum can be at night,” said Mark Weathington, Director of JC Raulston Arboretum. “The lighting displays and the artistic uses of light show how different a garden looks and what can be done to make it an enchanting space into the night.”

Exhibition dates include a special Preview Night, including edibles and beverages, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 7 to 9 PM; plus, presentations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, Nov. 7-9 and 14-16, with two showings each evening, 5:30-7:30 PM and 7:30-9:30 PM. Click here to order tickets.

“Together with the colorful and festive lighting exhibition, Moonlight in the Garden is a time to bundle up, welcome the fall season, dine at the best food trucks, enjoy the live music, have some hot cider, and roast marshmallows over the fire pits,” said Weathington.

New to the Moonlight exhibition this year is the Arboretum’s new Air Bee & Bee, a five-star urban habitat for pollinators completed in August.

For more information and submitting of photos. Click on link

NHGC Press Release 2020


The month of July presents two opportunities to learn about creating pollinator habitat! Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving tours of N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro on these dates:

  • Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, July 26, 2019 at 10 a.m.

The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, plus other pollinators and beneficial insects. It features over 215 unique species of plants, 85% of which are native to North Carolina. These plants were all procured from local nurseries!


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 70 different species in bloom this week.


Visit the pollinator garden website!


You can view my favorite 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.


Here is a list of the remaining public tours for 2019:

  • August 13, 2019 (Tuesday) – 10 a.m.
  • August 24, 2019 (Saturday) – 2 p.m.
  • September 11, 2019 (Wednesday) – 5:30 p.m.
  • September 23, 2019 (Monday) – 10 a.m.
  • October 5, 2019 (Saturday) – 2 p.m.
  • October 16, 2019 (Wednesday) – 5 p.m.

I hope to see you there!

Debbie Roos
Agricultural Extension Agent 
Chatham County Center

North Carolina Cooperative Extension












MG EdM 07_18_2019 Erika Niland

This beautiful new book is a functional tool to help you identify wildflowers. Organized by flower color you can fan quickly through 1,250 species, or you can use the simple, straight forward key at the front of the book to identify a plant. Written by Laura Cotterman, botanist and editor, Damon Waitt, Director of the NC Botanical Garden and Alan Weakley, Director of the UNC -Chapel Hill Herbarium, the book includes more that 1,300 color images and 1,200 range maps. The fascinating section on Climate, Geography and Natural Communities has rich descriptions and illustrative images. Inside the front and back covers are drawings of botanical terms to describe leaves, flowers and fruits providing everything you need to identify wildflowers including a ruler in inches and centimeters. (Written By Lucy Bradley)

Read more at:


The Visit NC Farms App, a new digital marketing tool, is expanding to help grow the state’s top industry – Agriculture. The goal is to connect the 10 million residents and nearly 50 million visitors to the state annually to the revenue streams of farms.

Marketing is one of the top needs of agribusinesses. The aim is to expand this fingertip tool with the potential to enhance business for farms and how they are connected in communities across the state.

The conversation starts with you. Enthusiastic growers, producers and other community members, please consider reaching out to your county agriculture, economic development and tourism stakeholders to come together and discuss the program’s expectations and benefits.

The Visit NC Farms App program begins with an agreement with your community to adopt the app versus individual farms or other agriculture assets, like farmers markets, joining in one at a time.

Go to the App Store on your Android or iPhone to get the Visit NC Farms app that:

  • Prioritizes farms as part of local agriculture, tourism and economic development partnerships.
  • Strengthens the awareness and the connection to local food and all that is grown, raised, caught, made and experienced on farms.
  • Promotes farms how they do business, where and when they do business, with daily update and marketing push notification capabilities.
  • Has the potential to positively impact the economies in each our 100 counties by driving the nearly 50 million visitors and over 10 million residents to agriculture-based destinations.
  • The Visit NC Farms app is built to support priority revenue streams, with local, regional and state level administrative and promotional support.
  • Created so that each community can afford to participate.
  • Check it out! Connect to Wifi. Download. Wait for all data. Works offline!



For our bee enthusiasts, NCSU will be hosting intermediate level beekeeping short courses across the state. For more information, keep posted at:

We’re pleased to announce the launching of a new extension initiative for beekeepers—the BEES Academy. We will be holding multiple 2-day trainings for intermediate beekeepers on a wide range of topics, held at and thanks to Cooperative Extension Offices across the state in late-summer and early fall. Please note the dates in the attached flier and stay tuned for more information at: