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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 February.

PLANT FESTIVAL

The NC State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers of Durham County will host the 2nd annual Plant Festival at the Cooperative Extension office (721 Foster St) on Saturday, April 6, 10am–1pm. Get ready for the gardening season by learning about vegetable container gardening, how to propagate plants, and more. Take a tour of the demonstration gardening and receive a free gardening book. The first 250 guests will get a free plant to take home. Meet representatives from the following organizations and find out how you can get involved: Keep Durham Beautiful, Catawba Trail Farm/UCAN, Durham County Beekeepers, New Hope Audubon Bird Friendly Habitat Certification, NC Native Plant Society Triangle Chapter, Durham Public Sschools Hub Farm, Digging Durham Seed Library, North Carolina Central University Community Garden, Gardens for Everyone/Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Black Farmers Market, 4-H, Briggs Avenue Community Garden, and the Durham Garden Forum/MGV Speakers Bureau. Free admission.

TRIANGLE ORCHID SOCIETY MEETING & ACTIVITIES

The Triangle Orchid Society’s next meeting will be held in the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, May 13, 7:30pm. The guest speaker will be Dr Harry Gallis. Visit the Facebook event page for more info. 

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SARAH P DUKE GARDENS

Duke Gardens (420 Anderson St, 919-684-3698); explore the website or click here to register for any of the classes/events below or to become a member (parking is $2/hour): ​

  • Meet the Keepers—Thursday, April 25, 1–2pm; meet the staff members who take care of the bees, chickens, and edible plants; free

  • Walk on the Wild Side: Native Shrubs—Thursday, May 2, 11am–noon. $10, $8 for Duke Gardens members

  • Naturally Wild presents Birding for QTBIPOC—Saturday, May 4, 9–11am; especially for those who identify as queer, transgender, black, indigenous, and people of color; free

  • Native Plant Solutions: Clay Soils—Tuesday, May 7, noon–1pm. Free; click here to register and to get the Zoom link

  • Meet the Keepers—Thursday, May 9, 1–2pm; meet the staff members who take care of the bees, chickens, and edible plants; free

  • Forest Bathing Walk—Friday, May 10, 8–9:30am. $26, $20.80 for members

  • Cactus Container Gardening—Tuesday, May 14, 1–2:30pm; members only

  • Midday Meander: A Strolling Conversation—Thursday, May 16, 12:15–1pm; free

  • Late Spring Tree Ramble—Friday May 17, 4–6pm. $22, $17.60 for members

  • Meet the Keepers—Thursday, May 23, 1–2pm; meet the staff members who take care of the bees, chickens, and edible plants; free

  • Botany Spotlight: Bamboo—Thursday, May 23, 1–3pm. $22, $17.60 for members. $22, $17.60 for members

  • Flower Portraits—Saturday, May 25, 10–11:30am. $32, $25.60 for members

  • Plant Propagation: Cuttings—Friday, May 31, 10am–noon. $28, $22.40 for members

  • Naturally Wild presents Birding for QTBIPOC—Saturday, June 1, 9–11am; especially for those who identify as queer, transgender, black, indigenous, and people of color; free

  • Walk on the Wild Side: Native Trees—Thursday, June 6, 11am–noon. $10, $8 for members.

PLANT SWAPS

Master Gardeners from Durham County Cooperative Extension will host a Plant Swap on Saturday, May 25, 2–3pm, at the Southwest Regional Library (3605 Shannon Rd). Exchange or share houseplants, vegetable starts, annuals, perennials, and/or seeds. Do you best to label them. Click here for more info, and call 919-560-7192 if you have any questions.

Pure Soul vegan restaurant (4125 Hwy 15-501) will host a Plant Swap on Saturday, May 25, 3–5pm. Plant-care specialist Kimi will be there to answer any of your gardening questions.

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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 mastergardener@dconc.gov, 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.

DURHAM GARDEN FORUM

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.

Here are upcoming meetings:

 

  • A World of Discovery: How Science and Heart Can Make You a More Ecological Gardener—Tuesday, February 20, 7–8:30pm via Zoom. Write to durhamgardenforum@gmail.com for more info

  • Foundations, Fillers, and Flourishes: Native Sedges for Every Garden—Tuesday, March 19, 7–8:30pm via Zoom

  • The Half-Earth Project and Homegrown National Park: Strategies for Reserving the Extinction Crisis Through Better Gardening—Tuesday, April 16, 7–8:30pm via Zoom.

COMMUNITY GARDEN GUIDE

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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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 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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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 enjoy past shows.

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