Learn With Us, week of April 2

Container Gardening: Blooms, Herbs & Veggies on Your Patio
Sun 4/2 3pm – 4pm
Durham County Library – South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC

Presented by Leanna Murphy Dono, Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer,
Brighten your deck, patio or porch this summer with beautiful pots of blooms, herbs and yes, even vegetables. You don’t need a big yard or a lot of sun to have gorgeous plants – come learn about gardening in containers! Leanna will cover the basics (soils, containers, watering and light needs) as well as share many inspirational design examples.
Free/ Registration required.
Register on line at the Durham County 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

Tomato, Tomahhto
Thu 4/6 6:30pm – 8pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC

Presented by Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
Tomatoes are the number one planting choice for home vegetable gardeners. Learn more about the care and feeding of these popular fruits (yes, they are). Come and review some of the many choices available, including heirloom vs. hybrids and some good references for gardening in general and tomatoes in particular.
Free / Registration required. Contact: 919-668-1707 or e-mail gardenseducation@duke.edu


Educational Opportunities, week of August 18, 2014

Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  – Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00 pm on WCOM 103.5  Can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org
August 19 – Winter Beds and Durham Trees – The Enthuastic Gardener, Charles Murphy reminds us that it’s not too early to start preparing your garden beds for winter.  Our show host, Harold Johnson, talks with Durham’s Sustanibilty Manager, Tobin Freid about trees in our community and Durham’s sustainability projects.

Tobin Freid

Autumn Container Garden Design – Extension Gardener Series

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 6:30pm – 9:00pm 

Where:Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States

Get ready for fall by creating delightful containers. Taught by Master Gardener Leanna Murphy Dono. Class is free/ registration is required. Sara Smith 919-668-1707 gardenseducation@duke.edu

Classes and Presentations, Week of 5/19-5/25

Sustainable Roses – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where:Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States

Enjoy these garden favorites in a sustainable way. Taught by Durham County Extension Master Gardener, Kit Flynn. The Durham Garden Forum in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center. Free for Members of Durham Garden Forum / $10 for non-members. durhamgardenforun@duke.edu

Simple Drip Irrigation For Container Gardens
Saturday, May 24, 2014 10:00am – 11:30am
Where:Durham Garden Center, 4536 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC (Map)

The biggest challenge for container gardening is keeping up with watering.  The answer is automation using a battery-operated timer and connecting tubing bits to assemble an efficient, mini-drip irrigation system on a deck, porch or stoop.  Go on vacation knowing your plants will be watered.  Use water more efficiently. You’ll never go back to hand watering again once you see how this works. Using soaker hoses in your garden will also be covered. Georganne Sebastian, Durham County Master Gardener. Class is free/Registration is required. 919-384-7526 or ann3dgc@gmail.com


Classes and Presentations, Week of 5/12 – 5/18, 2104

Garden Room Development – Extension Gardener Series
Thursday, May 15, 2014 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States

Design an outdoor space that extends your home. Taught by Durham county Extension Horticulturist, Michelle Wallace. Class is free/ registration is required. Sara Smith 919-668-1707 gardenseducation@duke.edu

Summer Southern Favorites: Tomatoes & Okra
Saturday, May 17, 2014 10:00am – 11:00am
Where:Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

You know it’s officially summer when you harvest your first, sweet, juicy home-grown tomato and sit down to a plate of fried okra. Yum!

Join the Durham Co. Extension Master Gardeners for a FREE 1-hour talk on all the tips and tricks to growing your best ever crop of tomatoes & okra this summer on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 10-11 a.m. at the Durham County Cooperative Extension Office, 721 Foster Street, Durham NC 27701.

Now that the danger of frost is well-past, it’s time to get your tomatoes and okra plants in the ground! You’ll get many ideas on the best tomato varieties to grow (for slicing, for salsa, for sauces, for sandwiches) and the most tender & productive okra varieties.

This FREE program is open to the public; all are welcome to attend. Please pre-register with Pana Jones at the Extension Office by calling 919-560-0525 or send an email to: prjones2@ncsu.edu.

Simple Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens
Sunday, May 18, 2014 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: South Regional Library, 4505 South Alston Avenue, Durham, NC, United States

Reduse watering chores by installing a simple drip irrigation system. Class is free/registration is required. Cathy Starkweather 919-560-7410