Learn With Us, week of April 14

Is It Warm in Here? New Approaches to Gardening in a Changing Climate – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, April 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens. There is no charge for parking.
Our topic this month “Is It Warm In Here? New Approaches to Gardening in a Changing Climate” will be presented by Bryce Lane, NC State Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus. Is Global Warming Real? Are we poised to take advantage of this phenomenon as horticulturists? We will talk about the effects of changing climate on horticulture, and identify new practices and approaches to consider using in the future.
Annual membership fee remains $25.00 per person. Program entrance fee for non members remains $10.00. Students will be admitted free of charge with a valid student ID.

TOMATOES 
Saturday, April 20⋅10:00 – 11:00am
For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713, USA

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). The presenter will review some of the many varieties available (including heirloom and hybrids); pests and diseases; soil, sun and water requirements; companion plants and some good references for gardening in general and tomatoes in particular.

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

 

Learn With Us, week of May 27

Raised Beds – For Garden’s Sake
Saturday, June 2, 10:00am – 12:00pm
For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
Description:This discussion will cover the advantages of raised bed gardening including recommendations for planning, locating, preparing and constructing the bed. Durham Master Gardener Charles Murphy will offer helpful tips on crop rotation, companion planting, improving your soil, using journals to record plant successes (and failures, protection from critters and plant supports. There will also be a discussion of such potential pitfalls as contaminated beds or pest infestations.

Registration is required, by email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759 ext. 1

Learn With Us, week of May 13

The Secret Life of Trees – Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, May 15, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
An informal group independent of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Durham Garden Forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. This month we’ll consider how it is possible for trees to thrive in so many different situations: dry, wet, wind-swept, cold and more. Find out what we know about the strategies and techniques trees use to survive.

Instructor: Jan Little, director of education and public programs, Duke Gardens.
Location: Doris Duke Center.
Fee: $10 per meeting for non-members. Walk-ins welcome with no pre-registration at $10 per lecture. Memberships may be purchased at any lecture. Forum members free with annual $25 membership, payable to Durham Garden Forum.

Native Bees – Sarah P Duke Gardens
Thursday, May 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St, Durham, NC 27708
Description:Presentation by Chris Apple

Honey bees are only part of the pollination story! Learn from Chris about bees that are native to our area and the role they play in our food supply. Chris will also discuss how to encourage native bees in your garden.
Free. Registration required. Call (919) 668-1707 or email: gardenseducation@duke.edu

More Fun, Less Pain Gardening – For Garden’s Sake
Saturday, May 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
Description:Gardening is the number one pastime in the U.S. so it should not be surprising that more than 400,000 outdoor garden tool-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. This talk discusses “on the job” injuries that gardeners may sustain and physical preparations to help avoid stress injuries. There will be recommendations and demonstrations of ergonomic tools to make gardening chores easier including online sources.
Presenters: Dr. John Harrelson, Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardeners
Registration is required, by email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759 ext. 1.

Shade Gardening – Durham Garden Center
Saturday, May 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Durham Garden Center
4536 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705
Description:Instead of looking at the “shadow-zone” as a problem, it’s time to see it as an asset. This presentation will introduce you to the factors that allow certain plants to adapt to shade and will suggest a variety of plants that will fill your shady landscape with lush foliage and great color variations.
Registration Required. Sign up here: http://www.durhamgardencenternc.com/workshops/

Learn With Us, week of May 6

Beneficial Pollinators – South Regional Library
Sunday, May 6, 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Durham County Library – South Regional Library
4505 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713,
Description:Presentation by Georganne Sebastian and Darcey Martin

Pollinators are vital to life on Earth and yet go largely unnoticed. The ecological service they provide is necessary for the reproduction of about 85% of the world’s flowering plants, including 2/3rds of the world’s crop species. Not to mention the whimsy they bring to your garden! So get to know the pollinators in your environment by joining Darcey Martin and Georganne Sebastian – Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers – to learn the what all the buzz is about!.

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.

Container Gardening for Decks, Patios, and Balconies – For Garden’s Sake
Saturday, May 12, 10:00am – 12:00pm
For Garden’s Sake
9197 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
Description:”Container Gardening for Decks, Patios and Balconies”
Don’t have a garden to dig in? No problem! Come join us to learn what can be grown in pots on your deck, patio and balcony. We will focus on selected smaller trees, shrubs, and tropical plants and what you should do to help them flourish all year round.

Please register in advance as spots are limited. Email ann@fgsnursery.com or call Ann at 919-484-8759, ext. 1

Learn With Us, Week of August 20

Aug 26, 2017, 10 to 11:30 am – Planning Now for a Fall Harvest 
For Garden’s Sake Nursery, 9197 NC Hwy 751, Durham NC, 27713.

Presentation by Doug Roach

Now is the right time to plan your cool weather garden. 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 only memories. It’s also the time to prepare for crops that will rejuvenate your soil overwinter and those that can be harvested early next summer. We will be offering tips on simple ways to extend your growing season in the Fall.

Free. Requires registration. To register, email ann@fgsnursery.com or call 919-484-9759

 

Aug 27, 2017, 3 to 4 pm – Outsmarting the Critters: Dealing with Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Moles & Voles.
South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Avenue, Durham, North Carolina 27713

Presentation by Georganne Sebastian and Darcey Martin

Come learn about the latest techniques and tips for out-smarting the critters who dine on our Durham gardens.

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.