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Bright yellow lilies in a Durham NC front garden
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Click on the flower to visit the Durham Master Gardeners’ blog, which includes a list of things to do in the garden for the month of March.


Duke Gardens (420 Anderson St, 919-684-3698); explore the website or click here to register for any of the classes/events below: ​

  • Beginning Birding for Adults—Friday, March 10, 8–9am; $10, $8 for Duke Gardens members

  • Kudzu Basket Weaving—Saturday, March 11, 9am–3pm; $69, $54.40 for Duke Gardens members

  • Mosses of Duke Gardens—Tuesday, March 14, 3–5pm; $18, $14.40 for Duke Gardens members

  • Spotlight on Native Sedges—Thursday, March 23, 3:30–5pm; $21, $16.80 for Duke Gardens members

  • Botany Spotlight: Lichen—Saturday, March 25, 9am–noon; $21, $16.80 for Duke Gardens members

  • Botanical Dyeing Workshop—Wednesday, March 29, 6–8:30pm; $16, $12.40 for Duke Gardens members

  • Mosses of Duke Forest—Friday, March 31, 3–5pm; $18, $14.40 for Duke Gardens members

  • Building Soils from Clay: How to Help Life Grow—Tuesday, April 4, 3–5pm; $22, $17.60 for Duke Gardens members

  • Walk on the Wild Side Garden Tour—Thursday, April 6, 11am–noon; $10, $8 for Duke Gardens members.

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Got gardening questions?

Call the Durham County Master Gardeners at

919-560-0528 on weekdays 9am–4pm, send an email query to, or stop by the office during regular business hours at 723 Foster St. They’ll help research solutions to your lawncare, gardening, or landscaping challenges.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s website is chock-full of gardening tips, including a plant database, and information on community gardens. Click here to start the adventure.


UCAN (Urban Community AgriNomics) will host their Black History Month event on Saturday, March 11, 9am–noon, at 2080 Sawmill Creek Pkwy. This free event was rescheduled due to wintry weather. Take a tour of the Catawba Trail Farm’s community gardens and learn about future plans, join in the community and panel discussion about local black history, and enjoy a drumming performance by Johnny Roots. Presenters/panelists will include Delphine Sellars, Dr Kofi Boone, Bonita Green, Quinton Pettiford, Cynthia Greenlee, Dr McAdoo, and Michael Verville.


The Triangle Orchid Society’s next meeting will be held in the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, March 13, 7:30pm. Mark Wetherington will lead a talk about the Native Orchids at JC Raulston Arboretum. Visit the website or the Facebook event page for more info. 


The Durham Garden Forum is an informal group of enthusiastic gardeners that meets on third Tuesdays, 7–8:30pm on Zoom to gain more knowledge and develop skills. Membership is $25 per year, and members get access to an extensive video library. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension–Durham office and Sarah P Duke Gardens are partners of the Durham Garden Forum, and members can enjoy discounts at the Durham Garden Center (4536 Hillsborough Rd) and For Garden’s Sake (9197 Hwy 751). Click here for more info.


  • This month’s meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 21. Durham County Master Gardener Sara Smith will teach various methods of Plant Propagation, an effective way of making more plants from plants you already have. Write to for more info and to get the Zoom link.


Don Boekelheide and Lucy K Bradley put together a comprehensive manual called “Collard Greens and Common Ground: a North Carolina Community Food Gardening Handbook.” This 74-page paperback is a national award-winning guide for community groups and other folks who are vying to work with their neighbors to create viable spaces for flower and edible gardens. You can click here to buy one for $12 from UNC Press, or you can click on the book cover to read it online for free!

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The North Carolina State Cooperative Extension put together a training manual for Master Gardeners called the “North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook.” The 728-page second edition is an incredible work, with color images, detailed graphics, case studies, frequently asked questions, and specific management instructions about insects, diseases, weeds, other pests, etc. You can call 800-848-6224 to buy one for $60, or you can click on the book cover to read it online for free!

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WPTF’s “Weekend Gardener” radio show has been on the air since 1985 and is a wonderful 3-hour exploration of flower and lawn care, soil improvement  and pest control ideas, and much more. It airs every Saturday, 8–11am, on 680am and 98.5fm. If you’re not able to listen to the live broadcast, you can always click on the radio below and enjoy past shows.

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