Educational Opportunities

Davidson Horticultural Symposium

“Innovative Approaches to Gardening” is the theme of the 35th Davidson Horticultural Symposium presented by the Davidson Garden Club. Join us for a day of inspiring presentations by speakers leading the charge in innovative ideas for healthy habitats, sustainability, and preserving our ecology. Thinking outside the box and bringing the wild into our gardens, they will show us how we can integrate beauty and environmental responsibility. Learn how these speakers use unconventional practices and techniques to improve present day gardening. Their groundbreaking ideas will help us to be good stewards of our own habitats.


THOMAS WOLTZ – Designing the Productive Landscape: Balancing Ecology, Culture and Agriculture
CLAUDIA WEST – Wild and Neat: Bridging the Gap between Great Design and Ecology
TRADD COTTER – Fungal Solutions to Common Garden Problems: Techniques for Harmonizing the Biology of the Landscape
BRIE ARTHUR – The Foodscape Revolution


Tuesday, March 5, 2019
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Knoblock Campus Center at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina

Cost:  $98 includes lunch

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Online Registration Portal opens January 3, 2019 



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35th Davidson Horticultural Symposium

“Innovative Approaches to Gardening” is the theme of the 35th Davidson Horticultural Symposium presented by the Davidson Garden Club on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Knoblock Center, Davidson College, Davidson, NC.  Join us for a day of inspiring presentations by speakers leading the charge in innovative ideas for healthy habitats, sustainability, and preserving our ecology. To learn more about this year’s symposium, click on our website. Remember to register using the online registration portal opening noon Jan. 3.

Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden in Pittsboro attracts an amazing diversity of critters. This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the garden!


I love taking and sharing photos of the garden to help raise awareness and educate folks about plants and pollinators. I pulled together some of my favorite snapshots from this summer and posted them on the Growing Small Farms website.


Click here:


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!



New Blog from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference Steering Committee

The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference Steering Committee 

has started a new blog!

Visit to read the first post 

and follow the blog!

For more information about the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference,

 visit our website


Latest issue of the Wolfpack’s Waggle

I would just like to remind everyone to keep posted on our updated news feed concerning mosquito abatement programs. As more information continues to come in, we will update our Extension news page at:
Thanks to all of the NCDA&CS officials, CES Extension Agents, and local beekeepers for working with the local officials in charge of these operations to help mitigate the effects of these programs on our bees.

Also, you can now access our latest issue of the our program’s newsletter, the Wolfpack’s Waggle, which can also be found as usual through:

With our summer research finally behind us, we are now busily analyzing our results, processing collected samples, and otherwise making sense of it all. Daiana has been busy writing up several previous studies as well as generating new samples on a project that is investigating the ovary development of in vitro queens. Brad and Nissa are cranking up the pheromonal analyses from a group project this summer on queen introductions, and Lauren is analyzing the behavioral dataset from the same observations. Joe has been working on larval exposures to different pesticides, and together with Carson is also testing the effects of mite treatments on adult bees. James wrapped up his season’s research early so that he could attend both the IUSSI conference in Brazil and the EAS conference in VA, where his research was well received. Hannah has wrapped up her third and final season collecting bees in the pollinator communities all across the state and will have a wealth of data to analyze about their composition and health. Erin has been burning the candle on both ends processing samples for the BIP research project as well as the clinic, and Jennifer is quickly getting all of the colonies ready for winter through feeding and mite control.

2019 Chatham County Beekeeping Scho0l

Back by popular demand…the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will team up again with the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association to conduct an 8-week Beekeeping School in early 2019.

We do these beekeeping schools to introduce others to the joys of beekeeping, and to increase the number of skilled beekeepers in our region. Come join us and find out how fun and rewarding beekeeping can be!

The school will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:00 pm at the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center in Pittsboro. Classes run from January 8-February 26 (with a spring field session on April 6). The primary audience for the school is beginner beekeepers, but others may wish to come for a refresher.

The cost for the entire 8-week school is $100 and includes a book AND a resource notebook.

To view the course outline and register, go to the Growing Small Farms website.

The deadline for registration is November 20.

For more information, email

For more information about the Chatham County Beekeepers’ Association, visit their website.


Here is an interesting tool from Rutgers that you might want to check out. You may just find the ‘right plant’ for the right pollinator.

You can pick the right month for attracting both resident pollinators, as well as those passing through. Have fun planning for fall attractions for pollinators

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents two special exhibitions, The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Artand Candida Höfer in Mexico, October 13, 2018, to January 20, 2019. Alongside more than 35 paintings and sculpture by this founder of American modernism, The Beyondincludes works by emerging artists including Louise Jones, Anna Valdez, and Britny Wainwrightthat evoke and expand upon O’Keeffe’s innovative artistic language. Candida Höfer in Mexicofeatures 25 large-scale “portraits” by photographer Candida Höfer of magnificent interiors of libraries, convents, theaters, churches, and museums throughout Mexico. The exhibitions are ticketed together; tickets go on sale Tuesday, August 7, for members, and Tuesday, September 4, for

“These two exciting exhibitions showcase groundbreaking work from two preeminent female artists,” says Museum Director Larry Wheeler. “The exhibitions are both supported by the NCMA’s ongoing initiative, Matrons of the Arts, created to bring in more exhibitions by female artists, acquire more work by them, and support programming and events surrounding work by female artists.”

2014.35 Georgia O’Keeffe
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932
Oil on canvas
48 × 40 in. (121.9 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 53 in. × 44 3/4 in. × 2 1/2 in.