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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: ​

  • Walk on the Wild Side: Fundamentals Series—Saturday, August 20, 11am–noon; Join a tour of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants and learn how to create a landscape with locally sourced plants; $21, $16.80 for Duke Gardens members

  • Black Botanical Brilliance—Wednesday, August 24, 7–8pm; online; “Plantrepreneur” Colah B Tawkins is building community, using education and healing through gardening with a focus on the Black experience; free; click here for the Zoom link.

ALL ABOUT ORCHIDS

Instead of the regular monthly meeting, the Triangle Orchid Society will host a Member Plant Sale & Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 11, possibly from 7:30 to 8:30. I’ll post the time and location as soon as I get that info.

SLICE 325 GARDEN WORKDAYS

Food and nutrition nonprofit Slice 325 is cohosting a Community Garden Workday at CAARE (214 Broadway St) on Wednesday, July 13, 9am–noon, with NC Medicaid employees and volunteers. 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 a light snack; this event is funded in part by the Triangle Community Foundation. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

UCAN’s NEW YOUTHCAN PROGRAM

Urban Community AgriNomics (UCAN) is developing a youth community garden, YouthCan, on the grounds of its Catawba Trail Farm (2080 Sawmill Creek Pkwy). Young people ages 8 to 18 are invited to develop leadership skills while learning about agriculture and carpentry at the opening event on the morning of Saturday, July 16. For now, registration will be restricted to the first 15 to sign up; anyone signing up after that will be placed on a waiting list for future events. Click here to register, and click here to learn more about YouthCan.

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!

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.

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.”