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SARAH P DUKE GARDENS

Duke Gardens (420 Anderson St, 919-684-3698) now offers demonstrations and classes as online events; click here and then click on “Register” and fill in the info to get the details on classes and events: ​

  • Sounds Wild and Broken: Sonic Marvels, Evolution’s Creativity, and the Crisis of Sensory Extinction—Tuesday, May 3, 7–8pm; online; $12, $9.60 for Duke Gardens, Triangle Land Conservancy, and Ellerbe Creek members

  • Seasonal Celebrities: Spring Plants for Your North Carolina Garden, pt 4—Wednesday, May 4, 7–8pm; online; $10, $8 for Duke Gardens members

  • Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers—Thursday, May 5, 11am–noon; online; free

  • Flowers After Hours Tour—Wednesday, May 11, 5–5:45pm; outdoors; free

  • Planting for Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators—Thursday, May 12, 7–8pm; online; $15, $12 for Duke Gardens members

  • Colorful Summer Container Gardens—Tuesday, May 17, 3–4pm; online; $15, $12 for Duke Gardens members

  • Trees 101: Maintaining Health and Vigor—Wednesday, May 18, 1–2pm; online; $15, $12 for Duke Gardens members

  • Adventures in Ecological Gardening—Thursday, May 19, 7–8pm; online; $15, $12 for Duke Gardens, Triangle Land Conservancy, and Ellerbe Creek members

  • Great Garden Pathways: Design and Material Choices—Tuesday, May 24, 3–5pm; outdoors; $24, $19.20 for Duke Gardens members

  • Seasonal Celebrities: Summer Plants for Your North Carolina Garden—Wednesday, June 8, 7–8pm; online; $10, $8 for Duke Gardens members

  • Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Carnivorous Plants and Other Weird Adaptations—Thursday, June 9, 11am–noon; online; free.

NC STATE GARDENING HANDBOOK

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 click here or call 800-848-6224 to buy one for $60, or you can click here to read it online for free!

BETHESDA WORK DAY

Bethesda Baptist Church (1914 S Miami Blvd) will host a Work Day on Saturday, May 21, 9am–noon. Anyone who could come out to help tidy up around the outside the church, Bethesda Christian Academy, and the Bethesda Christian Preschool would be appreciated.

SLICE 325 GARDEN WORKDAYS

Food and nutrition nonprofit Slice 325 is hosting a Weedin’ and Cleanin’ Workday at CAARE (214 Broadway St) on Sunday, May 22, 9am–12:30pm. Volunteers are needed to help tidy up the SLICE 325 Garden by picking up litter, pulling/digging out weeds, and planting edible plant starts (both fruits and vegetables). Enjoy music by trumpeter Lynn Grissett while you work; visit the Facebook page for more info.

Food and nutrition nonprofit Slice 325 is hosting a Weedin’ and Cleanin’ Workday at CAARE (214 Broadway St) on Friday, May 27, 12:30–4pm. Volunteers are needed to help tidy up the SLICE 325 Garden by picking up litter, pulling/digging out weeds, and planting edible plant starts (both fruits and vegetables). Enjoy music by violinist David Scott Binanay while you work; visit the Facebook page for more info.

BIG SEED GIVEAWAY!

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension will host its Seed & Feed Event at the Food Bank (2700 Angier Ave) on Saturday, May 21, 10am–4pm. During this drive-thru event, you can pick up a free large bag of vegetable seed packets for your garden or planting boxes. Community groups and individuals are all welcome. Donations of nonperishable food items will be gladly accepted but are not required. Click here for more info.

LEARN ABOUT MOTHS

Backyard Butterflies will host Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: An Intro to Moths at the Piedmont Feed & Garden Center (4805 W Hwy 54, in Chapel Hill) Friday, May 20, 5–6:30pm. Backyard Butterflies is a nonprofit that educates local gardeners about butterflies and moths, with the goal of encouraging people to incorporate butterfly gardens and habitats in their yards. Free admission; click here for more info and to register.

DURHAM CENTRAL PARK VOLUNTEER WORKDAYS

This year’s DCP Spring Volunteer Workdays will be on Saturdays, May 14 and 28 from 10am to noon. If you’d like to help tidy up the garden by trimming bushes and cutting back the weeds just west of Durham Central Park, feel free to stop by. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes or boots; gloves and tools will be provided. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

VOLUNTEER FOR THE HOOVER ROAD COMMUNITY GARDEN

Do you enjoy the outdoors and wouldn’t mind helping out at a community garden? Check out the Hoover Road Community Garden (1126 S Hoover Rd)—they’re looking for volunteers who can help keep the operation running smoothly. Here are some available roles to choose from: Garden helper, enrichment tutor, community organizer, station facilitator, group guide, setup and transition team member, and career day facilitator or speaker. Click here to learn more about this thriving community of gardeners and to choose your orientation session. The Hoover Road Community Garden’s community partners include the NC Cooperative Extension–Durham office, Don’t Waste Durham, Orange Grove Missionary Baptist Church, the City of Durham’s Neighborhood Improvement Service, the Guiding Project, and Duke University.

ALL ABOUT ORCHIDS

The Triangle Orchid Society’s next meeting will be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, May 9, 7:30pm. Courtney Hackney will lead a discussion on “My Personal Experience Making Cattleya Hybrids.” Visit the Facebook page  for more info; members can contact the TOS for the Zoom link if they prefer to attend virtually. 

GARDENING RADIO SHOW

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 listen to past shows.

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NC STATE’S ‘EXTENSION GARDENER’ MAGAZINE

Here’s the Winter 2020 edition of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension’s online publication, Extension Gardener. ​This is the latest edition—none have been printed in the past year or so probably due to COVID-19).

To make it easier to read, click on the double arrows in the upper right-hand corner ( >> ) and choose “Presentation Mode.”