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Raleigh spring plant sale – a perennial event

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A Perennial Favorite

Spring Plant Sale Held

On the Grounds of the NC State Fairgrounds

There are certain things in nature that just make sense. Like the early morning being the best time to water the garden, it also best time to be in the garden! It also makes sense with the arrival of spring, plant sales abound. For North Carolina gardeners, the mother of all plant sales is at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds each spring just when Carolina Gardeners are itching to plant.

This mega plant sale has no official name, but rather it is made-up of five non-profit gardening and civic concerns. Independently, but coordinating the date of the weekend, each sets up at the NC State Fairgrounds to sell plants as a fundraiser for various interests, primarily horticulture interests.

This annual event started in 1980 when a younger Tony Avent (owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh) suggested to his garden club, the Gardeners of Wake County, to hold an event – an azalea sale – to help raise money for scholarships for horticulture students at NC State. With Tony’s connections, as well as others in the garden club, they were able to offer many more varieties of azaleas than were currently available in local nurseries. This helped feed the wants of local gardeners and newcomers to the Triangle.

Over the years, other gardening concerns and a civic organization joined the plant sale with each selling a specific plant species so as not to complement each other and to attract a larger group of plant buyers. The first to join in the mid 1980’s was the Wake County Junior Master Gardeners 4-H Program selling Rhododendrons and Camellias. In 1990, the Pilot Club, a civic organization to help people with brain-related disorders and disabilities, joined selling germanium, other annuals and hanging baskets. In 1996, the Raleigh Garden Club, looking for a venue to also raise money for scholarships and to provide donations to other horticulture related activities, approached Betty Cook, then president of the Gardeners of Wake County.  The two garden clubs negotiated an arrangement allowing the Raleigh Garden Club to sell plants along side the Gardeners of Wake County as long as they sold plants that did not compete with their agenda – azaleas.  The Raleigh Garden Club focuses on native perennials and ground covers, as well a less common new plants and forgotten favorites. The latest to join this mega plant sale is the Herb Society of Wake County.

The common thread for this annual event is to raise money to aid the community. According to Carol Norden, who is in charge of the Wake County Junior Master Gardener 4-H program and chair of the plant sale on their behalf since1996, “We see approximately 60 young people a year; from all over Wake County and some from Johnston County. Our program is very diverse and includes youth of all abilities, ethnicity, and school situations (public, private, charter, and home-schooled.)”

In 2008, the Gardeners of Wake County were able to support six bachelor’s degree candidates in NC State University’s Department of Horticulture Science.

This annual event takes the entire year for planning and preparation. “If we added the hours spent on the sale and paid them a minimum wage our sale would not make a profit. Volunteers do make a difference.” Say past President Anne Clapp.

The azaleas sold by the Gardeners of Wake County, come from 5 nurseries offering some 6,500 azaleas for sale with 120 varieties including deciduous and Encore. Plant varieties are presented for sale in the flower show area of the Fairgrounds with signage showing a photo of the plant in bloom along with growing information. Recently, they began selling gardenias, as well.

Raleigh Garden Club members setting up before the sale

Raleigh Garden Club members setting up before the sale

The perennials come from nurseries but also from divisions from member’s gardens.  Each year, The Raleigh Garden Club plant sale committee ensures accurate handling of inventory and labeling.  Plant information is entered into a spreadsheet by common and botanical name, bloom color and season, size, light and moisture requirements, and landscape value such as deer resistance, drought tolerance, southern heirlooms, native plants and plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

There is also a wealth of information to be had from the member volunteers on-site who will answer your gardening questions. Members and volunteers at the plant sales are a variable who’s who in the gardening community and they are also just like us, buying plants!

Inevitability, not all the plants sell. Many of those that don’t sell are donated to various community concerns such as Habitat for Humanity. Again, there is the consistent common thread to aid the community.

Each group is passionate about the plants they sell, as well as, the concerns for which the money is raised. Mark you calendar for this most unique plant sale, support good causes, and enjoy a happy spring.

The annual plant sale is held the 3rd week in April. At the flower show area of the North Carolina Fairgrounds, Gate #6 at Youth Center Road, Raleigh.

2009 dates are:

Friday, April 17th from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 18th from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 19th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The GWC also offer a 20% discount to club members on the “members only” sell day on Thursday, April 16th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

With a cost of an annual membership of a mere $15.00 or $25 for two people at the same address, it is worth becoming a member just to take advantage of this sale.

To learn more about the Gardeners of Wake County, please visit Gardeners of Wake County

To learn more about the Herb Society of Wake County, please visit Herb Society of Wake County

To learn more about the Raleigh Garden Club, please visit Raleigh Garden Club

To learn more about the Wake County Junior Master Gardener 4-H Program, please visit Junior Master Gardeners Kids

To learn more about the Pilot Club, please call Betty Moore at 1-919-787-7467

By Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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Raleigh spring plant sale – a perennial favorite

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A Perennial Favorite

Spring Plant Sale Held

On the Grounds of the NC State Fairgrounds

There are certain things in nature that just make sense. Like the early morning being the best time to water the garden, it also best time to be in the garden! It also makes sense with the arrival of spring, plant sales abound. For North Carolina gardeners, the mother of all plant sales is at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds each spring just when Carolina Gardeners are itching to plant.

This mega plant sale has no official name, but rather it is made-up of five non-profit gardening and civic concerns. Independently, but coordinating the date of the weekend, each sets up at the NC State Fairgrounds to sell plants as a fundraiser for various interests, primarily horticulture interests.

This annual event started in 1980 when a younger Tony Avent (owner of Plant Delights Nursery in Raleigh) suggested to his garden club, the Gardeners of Wake County, to hold an event – an azalea sale – to help raise money for scholarships for horticulture students at NC State. With Tony’s connections, as well as others in the garden club, they were able to offer many more varieties of azaleas than were currently available in local nurseries. This helped feed the wants of local gardeners and newcomers to the Triangle.

Over the years, other gardening concerns and a civic organization joined the plant sale with each selling a specific plant species so as not to complement each other and to attract a larger group of plant buyers. The first to join in the mid 1980’s was the Wake County Junior Master Gardeners 4-H Program selling Rhododendrons and Camellias. In 1990, the Pilot Club, a civic organization to help people with brain-related disorders and disabilities, joined selling germanium, other annuals and hanging baskets. In 1996, the Raleigh Garden Club, looking for a venue to also raise money for scholarships and to provide donations to other horticulture related activities, approached Betty Cook, then president of the Gardeners of Wake County.  The two garden clubs negotiated an arrangement allowing the Raleigh Garden Club to sell plants along side the Gardeners of Wake County as long as they sold plants that did not compete with their agenda – azaleas.  The Raleigh Garden Club focuses on native perennials and ground covers, as well a less common new plants and forgotten favorites. The latest to join this mega plant sale is the Herb Society of Wake County.

The common thread for this annual event is to raise money to aid the community. According to Carol Norden, who is in charge of the Wake County Junior Master Gardener 4-H program and chair of the plant sale on their behalf since1996, “We see approximately 60 young people a year; from all over Wake County and some from Johnston County. Our program is very diverse and includes youth of all abilities, ethnicity, and school situations (public, private, charter, and home-schooled.)”

In 2008, the Gardeners of Wake County were able to support six bachelor’s degree candidates in NC State University’s Department of Horticulture Science.

This annual event takes the entire year for planning and preparation. “If we added the hours spent on the sale and paid them a minimum wage our sale would not make a profit. Volunteers do make a difference.” Say past President Anne Clapp.

The azaleas sold by the Gardeners of Wake County, come from 5 nurseries offering some 6,500 azaleas for sale with 120 varieties including deciduous and Encore. Plant varieties are presented for sale in the flower show area of the Fairgrounds with signage showing a photo of the plant in bloom along with growing information. Recently, they began selling gardenias, as well.

Raleigh Garden Club members setting up before the sale

Raleigh Garden Club members setting up before the sale

The perennials come from nurseries but also from divisions from member’s gardens.  Each year, The Raleigh Garden Club plant sale committee ensures accurate handling of inventory and labeling.  Plant information is entered into a spreadsheet by common and botanical name, bloom color and season, size, light and moisture requirements, and landscape value such as deer resistance, drought tolerance, southern heirlooms, native plants and plants to attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

There is also a wealth of information to be had from the member volunteers on-site who will answer your gardening questions. Members and volunteers at the plant sales are a variable who’s who in the gardening community and they are also just like us, buying plants!

Inevitability, not all the plants sell. Many of those that don’t sell are donated to various community concerns such as Habitat for Humanity. Again, there is the consistent common thread to aid the community.

Each group is passionate about the plants they sell, as well as, the concerns for which the money is raised. Mark you calendar for this most unique plant sale, support good causes, and enjoy a happy spring.

The annual plant sale is held the 3rd week in April. At the flower show area of the North Carolina Fairgrounds, Gate #6 at Youth Center Road, Raleigh.

2009 dates are:

Friday, April 17th from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 18th from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 19th from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The GWC also offer a 20% discount to club members on the “members only” sell day on Thursday, April 16th from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

With a cost of an annual membership of a mere $15.00 or $25 for two people at the same address, it is worth becoming a member just to take advantage of this sale.

To learn more about the Gardeners of Wake County, please visit Gardeners of Wake County

To learn more about the Herb Society of Wake County, please visit Herb Society of Wake County

To learn more about the Raleigh Garden Club, please visit Raleigh Garden Club

To learn more about the Wake County Junior Master Gardener 4-H Program, please visit Junior Master Gardeners Kids

To learn more about the Pilot Club, please call Betty Moore at 1-919-787-7467

By Helen Yoest

Gardening With Confidence

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Plant Delights Nursery – E newsletter

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Dear PDN’ers:

Happy first day of spring! I know parts of the country are still covered in snow, but at least the calendar now makes it official. It’s been a roller coaster late winter as we opened for our Winter Open House to 70 degrees F, followed the next day by 36 hours of rain, then 2″ of snow, then consecutive lows of 16 and 15 degrees F…then back to 70 degrees F. How would you like to be a plant? Unlike humans, who can go inside on bad weather days, our plants are stuck to fend for themselves…pretty impressive, if you think about it. On the good side, this has been the first winter in six years we’ve gotten meaningful hardiness data on many of our trial plants…especially agaves. Damage on agaves may take more than a month to show up after the plant has been affected by cold, so don’t get too excited when your plant looks great the morning after. Conversely, don’t fret over the older leaves turning black, as this is normal. The older leaves on an agave lose winter hardiness, while the new younger growth remains fine. Although I haven’t been able to confirm our theory, it appears the sugars (plant antifreeze) produced in the leaves tend to migrate from the older to the newer growth, leaving the older leaves more susceptible to winter damage.

We are also trialing a number of clumping bamboos including many in the genus borinda. All of the borindas have lost their foliage at 9 degrees F, including B. boliana which showed absolutely no damage at 12 degrees F, and despite West Coast reports of 0 degrees F tolerance without leaf burn. All plants in the genus bambusa also lost their leaves, but this was expected based on past experience. It will take a few months to determine if any of these will resprout from the canes or if they will need to be cut to the ground.

We’ve had several folks ask how our Wollemia nobilis fared in the cold this year, and the answer is fine. One plant showed a bit of foliar damage, but the other ten or so we’ve planted are untouched. The big problem with Wollemias is excess summer moisture, so be sure your soil drainage is impeccable. We’ve seen extensive foliar damage this winter on plants that haven’t shown any in recent years, one being the hardy cycads. Both C. taitungensis and C. panzhihuaensis had complete leaf frying this winter, but both are fine at the base and will resprout in late spring. I like to leave the damaged leaves until the new leaves begin to emerge, but that’s strictly a personal preference.

We’re actually having a very late spring as some plants are more than a month later than normal…which is a good thing. That being said, we’re in that time of year when other plants insist on waking up too early, followed by more cold weather. We’ve already had several days in the 70s this winter and sure enough, here come the early emerging Arisaema ringens out of the ground. That would have been fine if our temperatures hadn’t decided to drop back into the low teens. Podophyllum versipelle also peeked it’s head above ground, but we expect it to get blasted at least 2-3 times each spring. To deal with early emerging plants, we use spunbound polyester row covers we cut to fit over each plant. The plants are covered with the row covers, then topped with a large container. Row covers vary in their thickness and consequently their amount of temperature protection. Typically a 1.5 ounce fabric provides 6-8 degrees of protection while 3 ounce material provides 10+ degrees of protection. Even the best row cover isn’t much good below the mid-20s F. If you have the option to throw some shredded leaves over the row covers, that will provide added protection. The covers should be removed as soon as the weather permits. We store the cut row cover pieces during the summer so that they can be reused…many for over a decade.

We added a few special plants to the web right before open house including some of our special Arum italicum seedlings. We have been growing these from seed to select special forms, then subsequently propagating our selections by division. In doing this, we wind up with far too many excellent seedlings that aren’t unique enough from each other to introduce them all. This year we decided to offer these as a seed strain we call PDN Clouded Forms. They are different from the typical Italian arums in that instead of having marbled vein patterns, they have a silver center often flecked with green. At Open House this winter, I had a couple of folks comment about their arums spreading by runners to other areas of their garden. This is an oft perpetuated garden myth, since arums, like me and my bad knees, have no ability to run. When arums are allowed to set seed, birds can pick up the seed and deposit them anywhere throughout your garden. This is the only way arums can spread. If you get to the point where you have enough arums, simply cut off the flowers or developing seed between the time they flower in early May and the time the seed ripens in July. We hope you enjoy some of these special selections.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/page10.html

Related to arums is probably the strangest plant we grow, a plant known by the monikers, Pigs Butt Arum or Dead Horse Arum…Helicodiceros muscivorus. This unusual Mediterranean native emerges in late winter and flowers in early spring before going dormant for the summer. The three-dimensional foliage is strange enough, but the flowers that resemble (and smell like) a pig’s rear end, are truly bizarre, making a great gag gift for your gardening friends or a perfect way to get a non-interested child to pay attention to plants. We’ve only got a small number available this season, so get them while they last.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/08667.html

One of the plants I seem to continually talk about in spring is ipheion and the related nothoscordums. If you haven’t grown these, they are small bulbs that make a stunning late winter/early spring show, then go dormant in the summer. This year, we are offering for the first time, the white flowered Ipheion uniflorum ‘Greystone’ from NC’s Norman Beal. I. ‘Greystone’ has smaller flowers than the white flowered I. ‘Alberto Castillo’, but makes a much more compact clump and for us has had heavier flowering. Nothoscordum sellowianum (used to be an ipheion) makes a short 1″ tall fast offsetting clump topped, starting in February, with small bright yellow goblet-shaped flowers. Unlike most nothoscordums, this one is sterile, so you’ll need to divide it if you’d like to share. We have this growing in our full-sun rock garden and I can’t say enough good things about this gem.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/08519.html
http://www.plantdelights.com/Catalog/Current/Detail/06448.html

As we head into spring, we routinely check our garden soils for nutrient levels and soil pH. Before we mulch, we prefer to add any soil amendments if needed. If our soil needs phosphorus, we use rock phosphate and if the soil need potassium, we use Greensand…a natural source of potassium. If you need to raise the pH of the soil, either calcitic lime or dolomitic lime will do the trick. If our soil test shows a high magnesium reading, we opt for calcitic lime. If you garden in an area with a high pH that you need to lower, then Flowers of Sulfur will do the trick. Once these are applied, then you’re ready to mulch. Timing of mulch application can be a real time saver for weed prevention. There are basically three groups of weeds; winter annuals, summer annuals, and perennials. Mulching isn’t of much use in preventing perennial weeds, but it can work wonders for many annual weeds….especially if they require light for germination, which many do. Some winter annual weeds start germinating in fall, while others germinate best in late winter. Two most popular annual weeds in our climate are chickweed and henbit. A good mulch applied before they sprout works wonders on their control.

We’ve been asked by a number of customers to compile a list of plants resistant to deer, since these have become the number one pest of gardeners nationwide. We’ve hesitated to put together a list because we don’t believe any plant is completely deer resistant and deer tastes, like human tastes, vary greatly. That being said, we spent quite a bit of time compiling our list from available research as well as observation from ourselves and our customers. Please keep in mind deer resistant plants may still get a nibble until the deer realizes it isn’t one of their favorites…even some humans eat things that many of us consider inedible…i.e. liver or tripe. Our list of deer resistant plants as well as a list of plants to attract hummingbirds have been posted at http://www.plantdelights.com/Tony/deer-resist.php
http://www.plantdelights.com/Tony/hummers.php We welcome your input on additions or deletions.

In the “in case you missed it” category, you’ve got to check out the Floral Bras, compliments of the Quilters of SC that give a whole new meaning to sex in the garden. Actually, the bras will be on tour throughout South Carolina until fall, at which time they will be auctioned to benefit breast cancer patients. If you have a female gardener in your life who is hard to buy for, check these out.
http://www.quiltersofsc.org/artfullbras/artfullbras.htm

In the “where are they now” category, many plant collectors will no doubt remember Stephen Burns, formerly of the Vine and Branch Nursery in NC. Stephen was J.C. Raulston’s go-to grafter for the odd and hard to graft woodies in the 1980s. Stephen and his wife Rhonda closed the nursery in the late 1980s and moved to SC, where he worked for years at Gilbert’s Wholesale Nursery. From there, Stephen was called to the ministry, where he still works today. http://restorationchurch.org/our-staff

The botanical garden world was surprised to hear of the impending retirement of Missouri Botanical Garden director, Dr. Peter Raven, who announced he will be stepping down from his post at the end of July 2011. Peter has been the director at Mobot (as it is called in botanical circles) since 1971 (40 years in 2011). The news was such a surprise because most of us think of Peter as an ageless iconic figure that we all assumed would outlast the garden. Anyone with even a passing interest in plants has benefitted knowingly or unknowingly from Peter’s legacy of work. Peter’s devoted years to researching and publishing Floras of all the world’s plants including the current Flora of China project, which would probably never have happened without Peter’s vision and drive. Peter is married to the former Dr. Pat Duncan, an NCSU Horticulture Department graduate and former classmate of mine. You can read more about Peter and his list of accomplishments, awards, and philosophy at the links below http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_H._Raven
http://news.mongabay.com/2007/0312-interview_peter_raven.html

Thanks to David Theodoropoulos for alerting us to a great on-line seed germination reference. This publication from The International Board for Plant Genetic Resources is used by worldwide seed banks to assist them in germinating a wide range of unusual plants. This is not a homeowner guide, but one for scientists that requires a bit of seed germination knowledge to use properly and the information is amazing. http://www.bioversityinternational.org/publications/Web_version/52/

If you’re in the greenhouse or nursery business, you are probably too familiar with the Modine family of heaters, which are the top brand of heaters in our industry. When we got started in the business, we checked out other heating options, which at the time were limited to Reznor and from our research didn’t offer a dramatically better option. It wasn’t that Modine was a bad heater, but in greenhouse applications, the heaters didn’t have a very long life span, both due to the nursery moisture and fertilizer salt residue. I actually wrote to Modine several years ago expressing my concern and asking if they would work with us to develop a cover that would help protect the heaters in the summer when we removed our overwintering greenhouse covers. Unfortunately, they didn’t even choose to reply. After decades of going through a warehouse of Modine parts, Bob Stewart of Arrowhead Alpines told me about the L.B. White brand of Guardian heaters. The White heaters are actually designed for hog production and not greenhouse use, but the beauty is their use in hog production is far more degrading than in a greenhouse. Not only is the cost about half of a comparable Modine heater, but the operation is much simpler, the heat output is variable, and the heater is far more resistant to degradation in outdoor conditions. The White heaters are also ventless, meaning you will not need the standard heat losing vent stack that you typically see extruding from the greenhouse sidewall. If you live in an area where the temperatures drop below the 20s and the heater will run continuously, you will need a small intake and outflow vent since the heater can actual suck all of the oxygen out of the greenhouse and extinguish the pilot light. If you’ve been looking for a different heater for your greenhouse, check out these heaters. http://www.lbwhite.com/index.asp?menuID=129

After 21 years, the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle and the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, the second and third largest flower shows in the country respectively, come to an end this year. Salmon Bay Events, which puts on both shows, is for sale by founders, Duane and Alice Kelly, who are retiring from the flower show business so Duane can start a new career as a playwright. Attendance at both shows has declined in recent years due to the economy. The Northwest Show has just ended and the final San Francisco Show will be starting soon. If you’d like to attend the last show, check out their website for more details. http://www.gardenshow.com/ For between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000, the shows can be yours, so if you know anyone looking to buy a flower show, give Duane a call.

My speaking schedule for the remainder of the season has been updated at http://www.plantdelights.com/Tony/talks.php I look forward to meeting you when I visit your region for a program.

As many of us in the mail order industry struggle for survival, we’d once again like to say a heartfelt thanks for those who have ordered this year… Thank you!

If you have gardening friends that would like to be added to our email list, just click on the link below and follow the simple instructions.
http://four.pairlist.net/mailman/listinfo/announcements
Please direct all replies and questions to office@plantdelights.com.

Thanks and enjoy
-tony


Tony Avent
Plant Delights Nursery @
Juniper Level Botanic Garden
9241 Sauls Road
Raleigh, North Carolina  27603  USA
Minimum Winter Temps 0-5 F
Maximum Summer Temps 95-105F
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b
email tony@plantdelights.com
website  http://www.plantdelights.com
phone 919 772-4794
fax  919 772-4752
“I consider every plant hardy until I have killed it myself…at least three times” – Avent

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Lasting Impression’s open garden and garden art sale

LASTING IMPRESSION’S OPEN GARDEN & GARDEN ART SALE!

Here’s a whole month notice!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 18th from 10AM til 4PM.

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS
3RD SPRING OPEN GARDEN
ART AND PLANT SALE
Saturday,April 18th, 2009
10 am to 4 pm
4904 Hermitage Drive
Raleigh,NC 27612
hosted by Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez
of Lasting Impressions

Please join Beth and Amelia in the gardens where artists will be displaying ceramic garden sculptures,crystalline glaze pots,stained glass pieces,hand made jewelry,hand thrown ceramic birdhouses,works in metal and hand cast leaf sculptures as well as tables,birdbaths,garden stakes and beautifully planted hypertufa trough gardens.
There will be plants for sale too!

So come and spend some time making new friends and
renew your spirit in the gardens
Beth and Amelia
According to Beth, “It’s always a great time and we look forward to seeing new and old friends at the show.”
I’ll be there!
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March 2009 – Raleigh area – garden events

EVENTS

GARDENING WITH CONFIDENCE

PLANS TO ATTEND


March 2009


RALEIGH

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture

Thursday, March 5th 7:30PM

“Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols”
Roy Dicks, Writer

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

FUQUAY-VARINA

Saturday, March 7 from 10 am to 1:30 pm
Garden Writers Symposium & Book Signing

Meet local authors – P. Beck, Roy Dicks, Peter Loewer, Pam Baggett, and Bobby Ward
Lectures every half hour.  Book sales and autographs, good food, fun.  Free, but registration is required.
The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina.  (919) 552-0590, www.NelsasGardenHut.com

10 a.m.  Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols
Roy Dicks will read from his newest book and share biographical information on British writer Beverley Nichols.

10:45 a.m.  Bobby J. Ward, author of The Plant Hunter’s Garden and A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

11:30 a.m.  Change How You Garden
Correct plant choices, rain catchment, soil amendment, decreasing turfgrass, and more sustainable gardening ideas from garden writer, lecturer and photographer Beck, author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina.

12:15  Container Gardening and Native Plants
Peter Loewer is a longstanding writer and botanical artist for many gardening and natural history books.  His book The Wild Gardener was chosen as one of the best 75 gardening books of the 20th century by the American Horticultural Society.

1:00 p.m.  Pam Baggett, author of Tropicalismo!
Crazy for color? Gone bonkers over big leaves? The exotic colors and flagrant textures of tropical plants are just what you need.

BAHAMA, NC

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Architectural Trees

Spring Open House

Saturday, March 7  10 AM – 4 PM

6404 Amed Road

Bahama, NC  27503

919.620.0779

Architectural Trees


RALEIGH, NC

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Plant Delights Nursery Open House

Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 8 AM – 5 PM

9241 Sauls Road

Raleigh, NC 27603

Plant Delights Nursery

RALEIGH, NC

Guided Tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum
Sunday, March 8th 2:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC

Triangle Camellia Society Show

Saturday, March 14th 10:00 AM-5:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC

Guided Tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum
Sunday, March15th 2:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
March 19th (Part of the N&O Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum)
“This One’s for the Birds: Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden”
Bryce Lane, Undergraduate Coordinator, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
7:30 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

CHAPEL HILL, NC

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March 20-22

Spring Open House at Camellia Forest Nursery

919.968.0504

Camellia Forest

RALEIGH, NC

Guided Tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum
Sunday, March 22nd 2:00 PM

N&O Birdhouse Competition at the JC Raulston Arboretum
Sunday, March 22nd Birdhouses on Display – 12:00 PM-5:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC

Open Day at the Joslin Garden
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC

Guided Tour of the JC Raulston Arboretum
Sunday, March 29nd 2:00 PM

JC Raulston Arboretum
Department of Horticultural Science
NC State University
Campus Box 7522
Raleigh, NC 27695-7522
(919) 515-3132

RALEIGH, NC

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March 2009 – Raleigh area – garden events

EVENTS

GARDENING WITH CONFIDENCE

PLANS TO ATTEND


March 2009


FUQUAY-VARINA

Saturday, March 7 from 10 am to 1:30 pm
Garden Writers Symposium & Book Signing

Meet local authors – Pam Beck, Roy Dicks, Peter Loewer, Pam Baggett, and Bobby Ward
Lectures every half hour.  Book sales and autographs, good food, fun.  Free, but registration is required.
The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina.  (919) 552-0590, www.NelsasGardenHut.com

10 a.m.  Rhapsody in Green: The Garden Wit and Wisdom of Beverley Nichols
Roy Dicks will read from his newest book and share biographical information on British writer Beverley Nichols.

10:45 a.m.  Bobby J. Ward, author of The Plant Hunter’s Garden and A Contemplation Upon Flowers: Garden Plants in Myth and Literature

11:30 a.m.  Change How You Garden
Correct plant choices, rain catchment, soil amendment, decreasing turfgrass, and more sustainable gardening ideas from garden writer, lecturer and photographer Pam Beck, author of Best Garden Plants for North Carolina.

12:15  Container Gardening and Native Plants
Peter Loewer is a longstanding writer and botanical artist for many gardening and natural history books.  His book The Wild Gardener was chosen as one of the best 75 gardening books of the 20th century by the American Horticultural Society.

1:00 p.m.  Pam Baggett, author of Tropicalismo!
Crazy for color? Gone bonkers over big leaves? The exotic colors and flagrant textures of tropical plants are just what you need.

BAHAMA, NC

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Architectural Trees

Spring Open House

Saturday, March 6  10 AM – 4 PM

6404 Amed Road

Bahama, NC  27503

919.620.0779

Architectural Trees


RALEIGH, NC

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Plant Delights Nursery Open House

Friday and Saturday, March 6-7 8 AM – 5 PM

9241 Sauls Road

Raleigh, NC 27603

Plant Delights Nursery


CHAPEL HILL, NC

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March 20-22

Spring Open House at Camellia Forest Nursery

919.968.0504

Camellia Forest

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The Art of Practical Gardening at Great Dixter

The Art of Practical Gardening at Great Dixter

For Our American Friends

31st January to 7th February 2009

Christopher Lloyd was one of the most inspired plants men and garden writers of the past century. He spent his lifetime practicing and refining his art at Great Dixter, his family’s rambling Sussex Manor House in Southeast England. We are offering an intensive, hands-on course, conducted by Fergus Garrett, Lloyd’s talented Head Gardener and friend.

Come and experience Great Dixter in the middle of winter, with its open log fires and special atmosphere, during its closed season. This will be a very intensive study week based primarily on the practical issues around working with and managing mixed flower borders.

As requested by our previous symposium participants we are running a practical course where most of the time is spent working outside to gain first hand training on the practical skills required at a higher level. This work will be led by Fergus and will cover:

  • Composting and soil amelioration
  • Planting, spacing, and composition of planting groups
  • Dealing with lifting, splitting and resettling of plants
  • Handling and thinning of self-sowers
  • Staking and using climbers on poles
  • Pruning and thinning of trees, shrubs and climbers
  • Shaping of trees and tree surgery
  • Winter propagation and seed sowing in preparation for spring
  • Integrating bulbs through your borders (lecture and discussion)
  • Increasing winter interest without diluting the summer show
  • Tools of the trade
  • Working in an ancient coppice woodland

All work will be executed to the highest standard in preparation for opening this world class garden in early spring.

Booking

The symposium is limited to only 12 participants, places allocated on a first come first served basis by emailing Aaron Bertelsen at events@greatdixter.co.uk. The last date for booking and final payment is 1st January 2009.

Fees

Fees include: All lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all transportation to and from hotel, outings, and group meals in front of the fire at Great Dixter.

The complete cost of symposium is £2,550.00 (flights not included). We require a deposit of £500 (non refundable) on application to secure your place. The participants will be staying in individual rooms at a local hotel.

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