Special Event: Breakfast in the Garden

Are you curious about the role of Durham County Cooperative Extension Services? Join us for breakfast at Briggs Avenue Community Garden on Friday, May 31, 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. for our 2019 Report to the Community.

Enjoy a fresh garden breakfast, tour the garden, see our new greenhouse, learn about Extension’s work in Durham County, meet our new director, Donna Rewalt, and receive a small gift of appreciation for your support.

Photo by Andrea Laine

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and a short presentation will take place at 9:20 a.m. The event is free but registration is required so we know how much food to prepare.

Register online or call 919-560-0521.

Briggs Avenue Community Garden is located at 1598 S Briggs Avenue in Durham, NC. Get Directions.

Learn With Us, week of May 19

Composting – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, May 217:00 – 8:30pm
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Description:Composting
Rhonda Sherman, Extension Solid Waste Specialist
Rhonda is a leading authority on vermicomposting, with
additional expertise in composting, recycling and waste
reduction. She also brings an enthusiasm to the subject
that is infectious and energizing. Join us to learn more
about composting at home.

Lectures are free for members, $10 for general public. No pre-registration necessary. Contact: durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Pollinators – Durham Garden Center
Saturday, May 2510:00 – 11:00am
4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705, USA
Description:This POLLINATORS talk will offer information, advice and suggestions about the plants and critters that benefit our flower and vegetable gardens and our yards. Also reviewed will be some of the common pests and the diseases that can be prevented by propagating proper pollinator practices. (Say THAT three times quickly.)

Free/Registration required Contact: 919-384-7526 or http://www.durhamgardencenternc.com

Sign up at the store, online or by phone
Include the seminar title and full name(s) of persons attending

Learn With Us, week of May 12

Herbs – For Garden’s Sake Nursery
Saturday, May 1810:00 – 11:00am
9197 NC-751, Durham
Description: This talk will cover common and interesting herbs that can be grown in our area. Successful herb gardening utilizing both indoor and outdoor techniques will be addressed as well as treatment of pests and diseases that may be encountered. Also mentioned will be harvesting, preservation and perhaps an interesting recipe use or two.

Free/Registration required. To register, email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759

Beat the Winter Blues at the Spring Plant Sale

After this chilly, wet winter, who’s ready for spring planting?

The weather finally seems to be looking up, just in time for the Duke Gardens Plant Sale, March 30, 8 am to noon. Durham Master Gardeners have spent the gloomy winter months planting seeds and digging and tending plants to sell at our booth at the sale—in many cases trying to relieve seasonal affective disorder by basking in the fluorescent glow of grow lights!

Our booth this year promises hundreds—literally more than a thousand—unique new and old-fashioned perennials, shrubs, houseplants, and native plants as well as specialty and heirloom vegetables, including tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, eggplant, lettuces, and herbs.

The Plant Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and funds raised support Cooperative Extension community garden programs and educational events throughout Durham County.

Here are just a few of the unique items we’re offering this year:

  • adorable dish gardens, featuring Hens and Chicks and Jade plants
  • Aleppo pepper seedlings—a popular gourmet spicy pepper from Syria—make your own seasoning mix by drying the peppers and mixing with olive oil and salt
  • Purple Zi Su Perilla or Shisho—an Asian herb that tastes of basil and mint, used to season vinegar and pink rice
  • An amazing assortment of hard-to-find Asian mustards and other Asian vegetables
  • Asclepias tuberosa—orange butterfly weed—a favorite of monarch butterflies
  • Giant Cambodian Green eggplant—a beautiful and exotic green and white Asian import
  • Lime and Japanese citrus trees
  • Baby Paw Paw trees
  • Many varieties of Hellebores
  • Night Blooming Cereus (a succulent with exotic fragrant blooms)—imagine it scenting your porch on a cool summer evening!
  • Many varieties of colorful and unusual Coleus
  • The ever popular Zinnia seedlings
  • And much, much more!

We hope to see you at the plant sale on March 30. If you are a member of Duke Gardens, you can get a head start at the member pre-sale on March 29, 4 to 6 pm.

The Potting Party was a Happening!

Durham Master Gardeners enjoyed a rare sunny day in February for the Spring Potting Party. Volunteers delivered plants from their gardens, and Master Gardeners divided, potted, and labeled the plants. Other volunteers took plants home to babysit until the Plant Sale.

Our Calendar of Events

Did you know that the blog has a calendar function? From our homepage, click on Calendar of Events (see red arrow in the screenshot below) to find out where our volunteers will be available to answer your questions and when you can enjoy an excellent gardening presentation.

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The calendar (below) is a familiar Google Calendar page integrated into the blog.

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You can click on individual events for location, hours, and more information.

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The calendar is frequently updated with lectures, talks and other public events, as well as dates and locations for our Ask a Master Gardener booth.

-Ann Barnes