Learn With Us, Week of September 17

Tue, September 19, 2017, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
The place you call home will define your garden more than anything else. Mark Weathington will discuss his new book and help us gain a better understanding of our climate, soil and geography. This comprehensive and enthusiastic guide will help you grow the lush, colorful garden of your dreams.

An informal group independent of Duke Gardens, the forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center.

Guest speaker: Mark Weathington, director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University.

Location: Meet in the Doris Duke Center.

Lecture fee: Forum members free with $25 annual membership. $10 per meeting for nonmembers, payable to Durham Garden Forum. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.

No pre-registration necessary.

Gardens Galore

By Andrea Laine, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

I spent this morning outdoors listening to birds in the tree canopy above a mountain stream graced with buckeyes, native azaleas, spicebush, and lush ferns to name just some of the surrounding flora. It was peaceful and meditative. And yet, I was only minutes away from downtown Durham. I was enjoying a public garden.

Public gardens are great places for inspiration, learning, relaxing, or simply strolling outdoors on a beautiful day. You’ll find sunny places as well as shady places within a single garden. Take home ideas on landscape design or architecture, plant and color combinations, or plant identification. On-site gift shops let you literally take home plants featured in the gardens.

Here in the Triangle, we are fortunate to have three significant public gardens. All are associated with a major university and offer free admission:

Sarah P. Duke Gardens – Durham

There is something for every gardening taste at this 55-acre garden which is adjacent to Duke University. You can wander through an Asiatic arboretum, a terraced garden, native plants, or a piedmont prairie. There’s even a vegetable garden and a garden with plants that only flower in white. Several water features also await you.  

What’s in bloom at Duke Gardens.

North Carolina Botanical Garden – Chapel Hill

Native plant understanding, appreciation and conservation is the focus of this public garden which is affiliated with University of North Carolina and is a short distance from the Chapel Hill campus.  In addition to outdoor display gardens and indoor nature-related exhibits, visitors can hike two miles through an 88-acre area known as the Piedmont Nature Trails, in an environment typical of a central North Carolina forest.

What’s in bloom at the Botanical Garden.

JC Raulston Arboretum – Raleigh

This arboretum features one of the largest and most diverse collections of landscape plants adapted for use in the Southeast. Plants especially adapted to Piedmont North Carolina conditions are collected and evaluated in an effort to find superior plants for use in southern landscapes.

What’s in bloom at the Arboretum.

Enjoy the Triangle area gardens described above during an upcoming staycation. If you are willing to travel a little farther from home, there are dozens more public gardens in North Carolina to explore.  


NCSU Poinsettia Open House

2014 Poinsettia Open House Information:

Consumer Open House:

The Consumer Open House will be held at the Ruby C. McSwain Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. The event is free, and no registration is required. Come see the latest trials with over 100 cultivars and studies on Augeo, substrates, propagation and color combinations.

JC Raulston Arboretum:
4415 Beryl Rd.
N.C. State University
Raleigh, N.C.

poinsettia interview

Camellia Show and Plant Sale

Triangle Camellia Society’s 6th Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale

Hosted by the Triangle Camellia Society in cooperation with the American Camellia Society, the JC Raulston Arboretum, and the Raleigh Garden Club

  • Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 10:00 am–4:00 pm

The Triangle Camellia Society proudly announces its Fifth Annual Camellia Show and Plant Sale. This event is free, with the judged show open to the public from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM. The plant sale will begin at 10:00 AM and continue until 3:00 PM, offering many different varieties suitable for gardens in our area.

For more information, see this post from the JC Raulston Arboretum website