Learn With Us, week of March 16

Mar. 16, 2019 – SPRING VEGETABLES – For Garden’s Sake Nursery – 10-11 am 
For Garden’s Sake Nursery – 9197 NC-751, Durham
SPRING VEGETABLES offers up-to-date information about choosing a garden site, soil testing and amendments, planting guides to include area specific varieties and general care and feeding of a successful vegetable garden. Topics covered will include local frost dates, the benefits of containers or raised beds, critter control, encouraging pollinators, disease management and others. Whether you are new to gardening, new to Durham gardening, or re-starting a garden – this is the information you can use to succeed.

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

Mar. 17 th – First Season Gardening by Charles Murphy
3:00 to 4:00 pm
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713
We have three distinct gardening seasons in our area, with the first beginning in late Feb.-early Mar. This is the time to plant garden peas, radishes, leafy greens and the like, so they will be harvestable by the time for second season plantings (the summer vegetable season).

Classes are free. Registration is required. Register online at the Durham County Library website durhamcountylibrary.org. Click on “Events” to find the full calendar of events. Go to the date of the class and sign up. You can also call the Information Desk at South Regional Library to register: 919-560-7410.

New Plant Picks – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, March 19⋅7:00 – 8:30pm
Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708, USA
Jason is walking horticulture encyclopedia and plant enthusiast. He always seems to have the latest info on new introductions and plants we should use more frequently. Join us to hear about new selections for your garden!
Presented by: Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, Duke Gardens

Lecture Fee: Forum Members Free with $25.00 Annual Membership
$10.00 fee per class for Non-Members, payable to Durham Garden Forum
No pre-registration necessary. Free parking after 5:00 pm

Online Education Opportunities for Gardeners

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Image by Lucy Bradley

NC State University Department of Horticultural Science and Longwood Gardens, one of the premier public gardens in the world, are partnering to provide the general public with three fully-online introductions to plants. These survey courses will introduce people to plants that can be grown throughout the nation.

Participants will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire six weeks of the class and for six months after each course ends. There are no required presentations or any set times to meet online. In addition to the course fee you may choose to purchase an optional print copy of the online e-book that is included with the course.

Each course is focused on a different set of plant groupings and includes some favorites MOOCas well as a few introductions from the research and breeding programs at Longwood Gardens and NCSU. Through photo-stories, video presentations, online plant profiles, an e-book, flash-cards, vocabulary games, mystery plants and hundreds of beautiful images students will learn the key identifying characteristics of these plants and how best to use them in the landscape.

Below is a brief overview of each course followed by a link to enroll for that course or to be sent an invitation when offer dates are announced.

Learn to Identify Annuals, Perennials, and Vines – Fee $195 – Register by March 8 !
This course begins March 4th and features 45 plants. Late registration is accepted through March 8th.  To enroll: https://reporter.ncsu.edu/index.html Learn more: https://horticulture.cals.ncsu.edu/online/annuals-perennials-vines-and-groundcovers/

Edibles, Bulbs, and Houseplants – generally offered in March and September
Learn about the edible side of the landscape with an exploration of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and herbs. Extend your growing season with bulbs and even houseplants. https://horticulture.cals.ncsu.edu/online/edibles-bulbs-and-houseplants-online-non-credit-plant-id-course/

Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers: Identification and Use – generally offered in July and September.  https://horticulture.cals.ncsu.edu/online/trees-shrubs-and-conifers/

You may request an invitation to upcoming offerings.

And more!

Everything about Orchids – Free massive online open course (MOOC) – Open through May 6, 2019
Learn more about Longwood Garden’s orchid collection and how you can grow and enjoy orchids in your own home with Greg Griffis, Orchid Grower, and Peter Zale, Associate Director of Conservation, Plant Breeding and Collections. You will learn about different types of orchids, their cultural needs, and how to use these plants in your home, in floral designs, and even in the landscape. Learn tips and techniques for repotting and propagating orchids as Greg discusses the care and culture of Longwood’s orchid collection. Discover some unique native orchids and learn about how they are breeding and conserving some species.

This course is self-paced and is open for participants to join at any time through May 6, 2019. You will have access to the course resources 24/7 for the entire six weeks of the class and for six months after the course ends.

To enroll:  https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/events/everything-about-orchids-online-open-class

– A. Laine


Learn With Us, week of January 13

JAN. 16, 7-8:30 PM, Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Presenter: Craig Mauney, Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center, NC Cooperative Extension
Greet the new year with information about new and emerging crops for the home garden. Perhaps expand your garden to include wasabi or upland rice! Craig will also review some exciting new varieties of both fruits and vegetables.

Please note the date has been changed to Wednesday, 1/16 due to a scheduling conflict.

No pre-registration necessary. Lecture fee: free for forum members with $25 annual membership; $10 per meeting for non-members, payable to Durham Garden Forum.

For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Learn With Us, week of December 9

Controlling Invasive Plants – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
6:30 – 8:00pm
Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708

What are the invasive plants that threaten North Carolina and how can we control these plants? Learn which plants to avoid and prevent problems before they begin. If the horse has already left the barn in your garden, Johnny Randell, NC Botanical Gardens Director of Conservation Programs, will help you learn how to eradicate these thugs from your garden and landscape. Meet at the Doris Duke Center.

For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.

$10 per meeting payable to Durham Garden Forum. Forum members free with $25 annual membership.
(919) 668-1707

Learn With Us, Week of November 11

Gardening With Hellebores – Durham Garden Forum
November 13, 2018, 6:30 – 8 PM
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27705


Hear from expert Richard Tyler, owner of Pine Knott Nursery, about how to successfully use hellebores in your garden, adding an array of beautiful colors, blooms times and deer resistance! Richard will review the many different species and hybrids available as well as companion plants. Pine Knott Nursery Hellebores will be available to purchase at the presentation. Meet in the Doris Duke Center.

For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.

$10 per meeting for non-members, payable to Durham Garden Forum. Forum members free with $25 annual membership.
(919) 668-1707