Learn With Us, April 2021

The Bull City Gardener Learning Series has virtual and in-person classes. More information can be found HERE

Durham Garden Forum: All About Shrubs – April 20, 2021, 7-8:30 PM via Zoom

With Paul McKenzie, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Area Agent, Vance/Warren County Centers
Shrubs are the backbone of a garden. Paul will review some recommended shrubs with an emphasis on woody shrubs, deer resistant plants and how to best use them in your landscape.
Via Zoom. For Registration Information, Contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Order plants from the Durham Master Gardeners’ Plant Sale.

Guilford County Spring Gardening Virtual Classes

Chatham County is also offering Virtual Classes

As we await the phased reopening of Sarah P. Duke Gardens, there are many Online Classes being offered.

JC Raulston Arboretum offers additional online events.

Virtual and in-person classes are being held at the NC Botanical Garden

Triangle Gardener Magazine compiles a list of courses from many of the above sources and others.

Learn With Us – March

Durham Garden Forum: Designing a Rightsized Foodscape with Brie Arthur of BrieGrows
Tuesday, March 16⋅7:00 – 8:30pm via Zoom

Foodscaping is all about making the most of the available square footage for a successful harvest. Brie shares insights on designing and managing a rightsized garden, including container growing, minimizing animal browsing, aeroponic systems and live screens. For Registration Information, contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Bull City Gardener Learning Series: Online and In-person classes are being offered. Check the schedule and Register here: https://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/01/bull-city-gardener-learning-series-live-and-virtual-events/

Click here for a selection of programs highlighted by Sarah P. Duke Gardens: https://gardens.duke.edu/resources

Triangle Gardener magazine has compiled another list of area programming: https://www.trianglegardener.com/garden-events/

Learn With Us

Virtual Garden Tours: Sometimes on these cold, dreary winter days it feels like spring will never arrive! Why not brighten your day by looking at the videos of NC Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Garden in Pittsboro? These virtual tours feature many of the garden’s 225 different species of plants and the pollinators and other beneficial insects and critters that depend on this habitat. You can learn about new species of plants to include in your garden. Click here to view the videos on the Growing Small Farms website.

Online Learning: Vance/Warren EMGVs will host an on-line learning series with the theme “Gardening in Harmony with Nature”, featuring presenters from NC State Horticulture, the NC Botanical Garden, NC Audubon and Cooperative Extension. The series will be held on alternate Wednesdays at 1 pm, beginning 2/11. Get all the details, including the registration link, at http://go.ncsu.edu/mastergardenerchat

Virtual Bee Hotel Build-along, Feb. 27, 2021, 1-3 PM: Bring some happiness to your backyard native bees with your very own bee hotel! Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt will kick off this event with the biology of native bees and then the expert crafters at the Makerspace will guide us on a build-a-long. We’ll end up with more understanding and love of our native bees and a hotel for them to call home this spring. For the build: You can bring your own materials from a list provided at this link. Or, for those who do not have saws and want to avoid a trip to the hardware store, we have a limited number of pre-cut lumber kits available for purchase, too ($25, shipping to NC and surrounding states only). Kits must be purchased by February 15th. Registration and more info, here: https://cals.ncsu.edu/applied-ecology/event/bee-hotel-build-a-long/ The event is free to attend with registration, open to all, and we welcome anyone who wants to learn about native bees, whether you stick around for the build or not.

Learn With Us, January 2021

Learn With Us has a new format! Some in-person programming will be happening in 2021, but space is limited to allow for distancing. Instead of publicizing events happening in the following week, we will advertise events further in advance to allow more time for registration. Since most lectures and presentations are still virtual, we will be posting links to programming in Durham and beyond, highlighting a few talks while providing our readers with the opportunity to view full schedules of events if desired.

Virtual Programming from Durham County

Durham Garden Forum: January 19, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.
Our program this month is on “Tomato Grafting” presented by Dr. Ashley Troth, Extension Agent, Agriculture, NC Cooperative Extension Durham County Center and Kathryn Hamilton, Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. Learn how to get the best of both worlds – great tomato taste and vigorous, disease resistant tomato plants in your garden by grafting two tomatoes together. You will receive all the information needed to do this on your own in the spring. This Zoom presentation is being made available free of charge. Register here: https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrd-uvrzojGdKhYoZN2iGx9qjB9MmDr7aw
A confirmation email with information about joining the meeting will be sent. Contact durhamgardenforum@gmail.com for information on future programming.

Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables: February 11th, 2021, 6-8 PM
For more information and registration: Getting Started With Warm Season Vegetables | North Carolina Cooperative Extension
This class is part of the Bull City Gardener Learning Series – see the full schedule of online and in person events here: go.ncsu.edu/bullcitygardener2021

Integrated Pest Management (Workshop for small fruit growers): February 23, 2021, 6-7:30 PM
Additional information and registration link here: https://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/2021/01/upcoming-online-workshops-for-small-fruit-growers/

Programming from Sarah P. Duke Gardens: Duke Gardens Winter 2021 Adult Programs – Browse program listings

Events at JC Raulston Arboretum (many are online): https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php

Follow this link to learn about several NC Cooperative Extension webinars in February that may be of interest to gardeners:

Learn With Us, week of March 8

First Season Gardening
Sunday, March 8 3:00 – 4:00pm

Durham County Library – South Regional Library
4505 S Alston Ave, Durham, NC 27713
There are three distinct gardening seasons in our area, with the first beginning in late Feb.-early Mar. This is the time to plant garden peas, radishes, leafy greens and the like, so they will be harvestable by the time for second season plantings (the summer vegetable season).

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