Container Vegetable Gardening presentation

Container Vegetable Gardening: Spring & Summer

Learn to grow your own lettuce, peas, carrots, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers & culinary herbs (like: basil, parsley & thyme) in pots & window boxes this year.  We will demonstrate how to start vegetables from both seeds & starts so you can grow salads, homemade tomato sauce & fiery salsa on your own deck or porch.  This is part of our Master Gardener series.  Class is free / Registration is required.

When: March 2, 2014 (Sunday), 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Where: South Regional Library, 4505 Alston Avenue, Durham

Contact: Cathy Starkweather   919-560-7410

Decking your Containers for the Holidays

If you’re looking out the window on this warm, rainy December day and wondering what ELSE you can embellish before Christmas arrives – or, like me, you spy some worn out garland and crinkled bows on the porch railing and think “Next year, I’ll step up the decorating outside”, this post may be the inspiration you need.

EMGV Leanna Murphy Dono shared the following photos of outdoor holiday decor without a single crumpled bow or string of lights. These elegant displays are stunning, but simple enough for the average homeowner to try.

First, these photos were taken in Charleston SC, Nov. 2010. I love the simplicity of the blue-green succulents with blue ornaments.

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The next group were taken at Fearrington House in 2012

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Sprigs of holly give a Christmas feeling to year-round displays.

 

Christmas 2012 047 This vertical planter is gorgeous!

To get the look at home, try adding some ornaments or cut greenery to your existing planters. It’s not too late! Cut some greenery today for a display that will last through Christmas.

-Ann Barnes

 

Container Gardens – program and calendar

Just a reminder, Leanna Murphy Dono will be presenting “Container Gardens Around the World” at South Regional Library on Sunday the 18th at 3pm.

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A beautiful 2014 “Container Gardens of the World” calendar featuring Leanna’s photos is available at her website: http://www.organizedfordiscovery.com/market-place.html. Calendars are $20 plus $3 shipping and handling. 10% of the proceeds will be donated to the Durham Extension Master Gardener program.

Container Gardens Around the World

Great Dixter _UK grouping of pots 2009

 

Master Gardener Leanna Murphy Dono is a container garden enthusiast and frequent international business traveler. She has collected photos from her travels and has picked “the best of the best” to share. Join her on August 18, 2013 from 3-4 PM at the South Regional branch of the Durham County Library as she presents “Container Gardens Around the World”.

Stockholm Sweden September 2012

 

She is scheduled to present this talk at the 2013 International Master Gardener Conference in September, but Triangle residents can see and hear it first! The presentation is free, but preregistration is requested. Please call 919-560-7410 or click here for online registration.

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Photo Credits: Leanna Murphy Dono. Photos taken in Great Dixter, UK; Stockholm, Sweden, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham, NC.