Learn With Us, week of October 14

Durham Garden Forum: Approaches to Planting Design
October 16, 2018, 6:30-8pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27705

A landscape design will take shape before your eyes as Preston Montague, landscape architect and artist from Lift[ED] Landscapes, builds a landscape design in ‘real time.’ He will work to meet a user’s goals while also exploring options and possibilities that become evident through the process of design. Learn about contemporary design strategies and how you might apply these in your own landscape. Meet in Doris Duke Center.

$10, payable to Durham Garden Forum (Forum members free with $25 annual membership). For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com. No charge for Parking.

New Dates Announced for Master Gardener Information Sessions

Storm conditions last week caused us to cancel two information sessions which are the first step in the application process for becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer in Durham County. The sessions have been rescheduled for Monday, September 24 at 2 p.m., and Tuesday, September 25 at 6 p.m.

Applicants must attend one information session. Remaining sessions are as follows:

September 18th, 10-11 am
September 20th, 6-7 pm
September 24th, 2 pm
September 25th, 6 pm

All sessions take place at the Durham County Extension office at 721 Foster Street in Durham.  Advance registration is required. Call 919-560-0521 to register for a session.

Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. We help county residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain a community garden at Briggs Avenue.

Once interns have completed their initial training, they volunteer 40 hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program visit http://www.ncstategardening.org.

 

Learn With Us, week of September 16

Sept. 18, 2018, 6:30 – 8pm Arboricultural Tree Climbing Demo –
Durham Garden Forum
Sarah P Duke Gardens, Durham, NC
Leaf & Limb Arboriculture Company will present a climbing and roping demonstration and discussion of the value of proper tree care. This session will be both indoors and out to see the tree roping and climbing demonstration.

Free for members, $10 General Public. No charge for parking.

 

Sept. 23, 2018, 3-4pm Raised Beds – South Regional Library
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713
Join EMGV Charles Murphy for a presentation about raised bed gardening.

Class is free. Registration is required.
Register with Pana Jones (panajones2@ncsu.edu) or call 919-560-0521
OR
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.

Recognize a Tree

Durham naturalists and tree lovers of all ages are invited to submit their nominations for significant trees in Durham County now through October 1, 2018 for this year’s competition.

Durham’s Finest Trees program recognizes significant trees in Durham County, promotes discovery and ability to identify trees, and helps preserve the best examples of specific tree species, particularly native and those trees well adapted to Durham County. The program also promotes awareness of trees in our community and hopes to catalog fine examples of magnificent specimens of trees due to their size, setting, historical importance, or significant feature.

Trees on private or public property can be nominated in each of the three categories: largest, historical or meritorious. Preference will be given to native North Carolina tree species. Non-native trees may be considered if they are of a species, subspecies, variety or cultivar proven to be relatively long-lived and well adapted to North Carolina.

Winning trees nominated in 2018 will be recognized in the early part of 2019 around the time of Durham’s Arbor Day. Please read the official rules before submitting a nomination.

Durham’s Finest Trees awarded recognition to seven trees last spring as part of the Trees Over Durham Forum on April 24, 2017 held at the Durham Arts Council1. On March 6, 2016, four Durham trees (nominated in the 2015, the first year of the Durham’s Finest Tree program) located across the city and county were recognized for their size and significance during Durham’s Arbor Day ceremony at the Museum of Life and Science.2

References

1. May 18, 2017 http://durhamcouncilofgardenclubs.blogspot.com/2017/05/2016-durhams-finest-trees-winners.html & August 10, 2017 https://durhammastergardeners.wordpress.com

2. “Four win in Durham’s Finest Trees contest” The Herald Sun-The Durham Herald, Durham, North Carolina Sunday, August 7, 2016 Page 6 (correction published on August 8, 2016)

Learn With Us, Week of August 19

Cool/Cold Season Vegetables
Saturday, August 25, 10:00am – 11:00pm
Durham Garden Center
4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Description:A remarkable variety of tasty vegetables (including root crops and greens) can be happy and healthy when the temperature drops and your tomatoes and squash are all but memories. It’s also the time to plant crops that will rejuvenate your soil over Winter as well as those that can be harvested early next summer. We will also be offering tips on what to do with your garden when it is too cold to get out there.

Call to Register: 919.384.7526