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Bright yellow lilies in a Durham NC front garden

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: ​

  • Virtual Oaks—Tuesday, November 1, 7–8:30pm; $22, $17.60 for members of Duke Gardens, the Triangle Land Conservancy, and the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association; online Zoom event

  • Piedmont Naturalist Series: Botanizing at Occoneechee Mountain—Saturday, November 5, 10am–noon; $34, $27.20 for Duke Gardens  members; meet in the Occoneechee Mountain parking lot

  • Fall Tree Ramble—Tuesday, November 8, 4–5pm; $24, $19.20 for Duke Gardens members; meet at the Doris Duke Center

  • Panel Discussion: Part of the Solution, Building Climate Resilience in Durham—Tuesday, November 8, 7–8pm; free; click here to register

  • The WOW Factor: Planning for Winter Garden Views—Thursday, November 10, 1:30–3pm; $21, $16.80 for Duke Gardens members; online Zoom event

  • Praiseworthy Plants: Culbertson Asiatic Arboretum—Tuesday, November 15, 2–3pm; $16, $12.80 for Duke Gardens members; meet at the Doris Duke Center

  • Holiday Greenery: Build Your Own Wreath—Saturday, December 3, 10am–noon; $68, $54.40 for Duke Gardens members; meet at the Doris Duke Center

  • Design Basics: Design Strategies for Winter Gardens—Wednesday, December 7, 2–3pm; $16, $12.80 for Duke Gardens members; meet at the Doris Duke Center.


The Triangle Orchid Society’s next meeting will be held in the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, December 12, 7:30pm. Visit the website for more info. 


Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) will host a Volunteer Workday on Saturday, October 15 from 10am to noon. If you’d like to help tidy up the garden (just west of the pavilion and the Edible Garden on the south end) by trimming bushes and pulling/cutting back the weeds, feel free to stop by. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes or boots; gloves and tools will be provided. Everybody will meet on the bridge by the playground.


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!


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.


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.”