Learn With Us, week of Feb. 15

Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  – Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00pm on WCOM 103.5  Can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org

Insects – Complete Extension Gardener Series
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where:Durham county Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street
Insects are an important element in gardening. They can be both your friend and your enemy. Because of the vital role they play in pollination it is important to distinguish between the two and to learn beneficial ways of managing insects in the garden to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Free/ Registration required.
contact: Pana Jones – prjones2@ncsu.edu 919-560-0525

Bulletproof Plants: Tough Nuts for the Landscape- Durham Garden Forum
Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Where: Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC, United States
Presented by Bryce Lane, two-time Emmy Award winning television personality, retired Horticulture teacher at NCSU, and an accomplished garden speaker. $10.00 fee per class or Annual Membership fee.

Registration required
contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Feb. 20 – Getting Dirty With the Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show – 2:00 pm on WCOM 103.5. You can add winter interest to your garden with North Carolina native deciduous hollies.  Harold Johnson will introduce us to Ilex verticillata and Ilex decidua.  These hollies provide brilliant red berries for you, and the birds, to enjoy throughout the winter months.

Ilex verticillata
Ilex verticillata

Learn With Us, week of Feb. 1, 2015

Tuesday, Feb. 3 Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  – Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00pm on WCOM 103.5  Can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org
Understanding Soils – Complete Extension Gardener Series
Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Where:Durham County Cooperative Extension, 721 Foster Street, Durham, NC
Good healthy soil provides a foundation for growing healthy plants. Learn more about soils and amendments to help you create the environment you need to grow plants well.
Free/ Registration required.
contact: Pana Jones – prjones2@ncsu.edu 919-560-0525
At Sarah P. Duke Gardens:

Thursday, Feb. 5 from 11 am – noon
Walk on the Wild Side
Stefan Bloodworth, curator, or Annabel Renwick, horticulturist, Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, Duke Gardens
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month.
Thursdays, Feb. 5, 11 am-noon

Location: meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance
Participant limit: 15
Fee per date: $7; Gardens members $5
Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply.
Call 919-668-1707 to register

 

Saturday, Feb. 7, select from two sessions
Mushroom Logs
Andy Currin, avid vegetable gardener and Duke University campus horticulturist

Enjoy fresh shitake mushrooms grown in your own garden! Each participant will be supplied with a 12” section of log, pre-drilled and ready to “plant” with mushrooms. Andy will take you through the process of seeding the log, sealing it with wax, and then maintaining it for the six months it will take to grow your first crop of mushrooms. Each log should produce mushrooms for several years.

Section a: Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 am-noon
Section b: Saturday, Feb. 7, 1-3 pm
Participant limit: 15
Fee: $35; Gardens members $30
Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

 

Learn With Us, week of Jan. 18

Jan. 20 – Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show, 2 PM. The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, is tackling his power tool maintenance chores to ensure his tools are ready for spring. Find out what steps you need to take to keep your tools ready for action. Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00pm on WCOM 103.5  Can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org

Dynamics of Pruning – Durham Garden Forum

Tuesday, Jan 20, 2015 6:30pm – 8:00pm 

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

Learn about the internal engineering of a plant & how pruning can assist the tree. Presented by Kevin Lilley, Division Manager, Landscape Service Department, Durham, NC $10.00 fee per class or Annual Membership fee. Registration required contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Upcoming Presentations at Duke Gardens


Friday, January 16, 2015, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

My Miro Inspiration: The Experience of Seeing in Gardens and Art 

Sarah P. Duke Gardens and Nasher Museum present a special opportunity to tour the exhilaratingexhibition Miró: The Experience of Seeing and find inspiration inMiró to create your own botanical “sculpture.” We begin at the Nasher Museum with a curator tour of Miró: The Experience of Seeing. Then, moving to a workshop at Duke Gardens, you will create a sculptural arrangement from botanical and found materials.

The exhibition of Spanish-born artist Joan Miró’s work reveals a tireless creativity and an intimate connection to nature and the human figure. Discover the joy and inspirations of one of the great masters of 20th century art while awakening your own. An online image gallery of the “My Miró Inspiration” creations will be available afterward on both Nasher and Duke Gardens websites. All materials/tools will be provided along with guidance and assistance from Nasher and Duke Gardens staff. Please bring any personal embellishments you would like to include. Refreshments will be served during the workshop portion at Duke Gardens.

We recommend that you park at Duke Gardens and walk over to meet the group at the Nasher Museum. Fee includes ticket to Miró: $20; Gardens members and seniors $16; $10 Duke staff/faculty; $6 Duke students.

Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

Miro

Organic Vegetable Gardening: Winter

3 Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 20 from 6:30-8:30 pm, 1 Saturday session Jan. 31 from 9:30-11:30 am.

Andy Currin, avid vegetable gardener and Duke University campus horticulturist

Winter allows you time to slow down in the garden, evaluate the season and plan for next year. This class will focus on winter season strategies, including sowing winter cover crops and extending your growing season with cold frames and other techniques. Class includes indoor discussion and outdoor practice in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Class textbook is included for those beginning this series.

3 Tuesdays, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 6:30-8:30 pm, Saturday field session Jan. 31, 9:30-11:30 am

Participant limit: 15 Fee: $110; Gardens members $90

Qualifies for Home Horticulture Certificate elective course (8 hours)

Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

 

Plants with Benefits: An Uninhibited Guide to the Aphrodisiac Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Veggies in Your Garden 

Tuesday, Jan. 27 from 7-9 pm

Helen Yoest, author and garden writer

Are some plants aphrodisiacs, or is that just a myth? Garden expert and plant detective Helen Yoest takes us on a romp through history, lore and ethnobotany. She explores a roster of 45 plants to uncover how they got their “hot” reputation, and what modern science has to say about it. Discover which common garden plants and favorite edibles have that “something extra,” and why.  Helen’s latest book, “Plants with Benefits,” is filled with lush photography, growing tips, and recipes for preparing teas, potions and tasty treats for your pleasurable use.  Helen’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 7-9 pm

Fee: $10; Gardens members $8

Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

 

Mushroom Logs

Saturday, Feb. 7, select from two sessions

Section a: Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 am-noon

Section b: Saturday, Feb. 7, 1-3 pm

Andy Currin, avid vegetable gardener and Duke University campus horticulturist

Enjoy fresh shitake mushrooms grown in your own garden! Each participant will be supplied with a 12” section of log, pre-drilled and ready to “plant” with mushrooms. Andy will take you through the process of seeding the log, sealing it with wax, and then maintaining it for the six months it will take to grow your first crop of mushrooms. Each log should produce mushrooms for several years.

Participant limit: 15

Fee: $35; Gardens members $30

Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

 

Basic Botany and Plant Growth

4 Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 10 from 6-9 pm

Alec Motten, associate professor, Duke University Department of Biology

How does a plant grow? How does it manage water and nutrients? What factors influence the production of flowers and fruits? This course will explore these questions and more through a combination of lecture and hands-on approaches. Previous participants have commented that Alec’s enthusiasm and skillful instruction make the topic come alive.

4 Tuesdays, Feb. 10March 3, 6-9 pm

Participant limit: 15

Fee: $130; Gardens members $110

Qualifies for Home Horticulture Certificate required course

Registration required; please call 919-668-1707.

Educational Opportunities, week of October 20

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2 pm – Getting Dirty with Durham County Master Gardeners Radio Show  – Broadcasts Tuesdays at 2:00pm on WCOM FM 103.5  It can be heard live or replayed any time at http://gettingdirtyradioshow.org

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 – 8 PM, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street
Medicinal Plants: 10 Medicinal Herbs for the Home Garden – Durham Garden Forum
Dr. Jeanine Davis, associate professor of horticulture science and extension specialist, NC State University, will speak on the topic of Medicinal Plants.  Dr. Davis’s research and extension programs are dedicated to sustainable and organic production of medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables and specialty crops.  She will introduce to us medicinal plants that can be grown in our garden and discuss the research and use of each. This lecture is free for Durham Garden Forum members, all others can attend for a fee of $10.00 ($5.00 for students).

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 9 am-3 pm –  Medicinal Plants in Your Garden 
Dr. Jeanine Marie Davis, associate professor of horticulture and extension specialist, N.C. State University
Plants sustain this planet, providing food, shelter, energy and medicine. Human history is entirely built upon the success of plants; even today many people still depend upon plants as their primary source for medicine. Jeanine Davis’ research and extension programs are dedicated to sustainable and organic production of medicinal and culinary herbs, vegetables and specialty crops.

In the workshop you will be introduced to a roster of 24 medicinal plants that can be grown in your garden and discuss the research and use of each. Then you will make an herbal tincture and propagate a woodland botanical to take home and plant.

Dr. Davis’ numerous professional honors include the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Activist of the Year Awardand the North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association Support Award. She has been recognized five times with theExtension Blue Ribbon Publication Award from the Southern Region – American Society for Horticultural Science.

All program materials and lunch included. Fee: $65; Gardens members $50.