Learn With Us, Week of September 18

All the World’s Mushrooms: The largest organism on Earth/ Durham Garden Forum
Tue Sep 20, 2016 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC

Little did you know the Fungus is Homongous! Hear more about mushrooms from Cheralyn Schmidt Berry as she takes us on a journey to understand the role of fungi in nature as well as delicious culinary mushrooms available in the Piedmont region.
Presented by Cheralyn Schmidt Berry, Extension Area Agent, Agriculture-Horticulture, Durham County.
Lecture Fee: Forum Members Free with $25.00 Annual Membership
$10.00 fee per class for Non-Members, payable to Durham Garden Forum
No pre-registration necessary. Free parking after 5:00 pm
Where: Doris Duke Center
Contact: durhamgardenforum@gmail.com

Plant Information Booth with Master Gardeners
Wednesday, Sep 21, 2016 10:00am – 1:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC
Having trouble with a plant, pest or pathogen? The Master Gardener volunteers will be in Duke Gardens to answer your questions about plants, gardening, insect pest or disease.
When: September 21, 2016 (Wednesday)
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Getting Started: Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, Sep 22, 2016 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson Street, Durham, NC

Get up-to-date information about choosing a garden site, soil testing and amendments, planting guides, and all-round care and feeding of a successful vegetable garden. Whether you are new to gardening, new to Durham gardening, or re-starting a garden, this is the information you need to succeed.
Presented by Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
Sponsored in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension Service: Durham County Center
Free / Registration required.919-668-1707 or e-mail gardenseducation@duke.edu


Volunteer Spotlight -Public Events with Master Gardener Volunteers

by Ann Barnes

Durham Master Gardeners are looking for new volunteers! Our next training class begins in January 2017. in the next few months, this blog will spotlight some of the many ways our volunteers help our community. If you are interested in becoming an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer (EMGV) in Durham, please click the link below for more information:

Become A Master Gardener

The Public Events committee is responsible for marketing and coordinating activities where EMGVs are asked to provide research based assistance to the public directly. Volunteers can be found at many events and locations around Durham County, including at the Farmers’ Market, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, the Festival for the Eno, as well as at corporate, school, and neighborhood events. Last month, two of our volunteers spent some time at the “Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms” event which was sponsored by the  Wildlife Habitat Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Photos from Birds, Butterflies, Bees, and Blooms

This wonderful event brought a diverse group of professionals together with one purpose in mind—to provide information about the
critical importance of pollinators and what steps we can take to increase their chances for survival now and in the future.  From beekeepers to wildlife experts,
conservation groups, and plant experts, all were ready to share their passion for restoring and preserving habitats for pollinators and birds.
-Deborah Pilkington, EMGV

Deborah Pilkington volunteered along with Tina Falker. Both volunteers answered questions and provided research based gardening information to attendees, with a focus on pollinators and pollinator-friendly plants. As Event Captain, Falker was also responsible for transporting educational materials prepared for this event by the Public Events Committee.

This was a lively, well-attended event and we talked to 32 people. Many were interested in adding pollinator-friendly plants to their living space… which ranged from an apartment balcony to a house in the “country”.  – Tina Falker, EMGV

Both volunteers signed up for this event because, as Pilkington says, “I love to volunteer at these events because I have a real passion for pollinators and birds, and the gardens that sustain them. I also learn a lot from the other experts at events like these”. Plus, Falker pointed out “It was held indoors!”, which is always appealing on a hot summer day.

I enjoy talking with people about gardening… what are their latest successes? Challenges? Will this humidity ever end, and will it ever be cool again? I especially like to help “transplants” avoid the mistakes that I’ve made. I also like to encourage people not to give up if they’ve had limited gardening success in the past… even experienced gardeners kill plants, so don’t give up! Ask questions, learn from your mistakes, and be realistic when it comes to planning a garden. One or two potted plants may be just right for now! – Tina Falker

EMGVs who enjoy volunteering for public events often say that they love talking about gardening and answering questions – and some of us do so wherever we go. If this sounds like a volunteer opportunity you would love, consider joining the Durham EMGVs!

Here’s that link again: https://durhammastergardeners.wordpress.com/become-a-master-gardener/



2015 Training for Master Gardener Volunteers

The Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program conducts a 15-week training program once every two years. The next program will be conducted January – April 2015. Classes will be taught once a week, on Thursdays, from 9:00 – 12:30 at the Durham County Extension Office, 721 Foster Street. In order to apply to the program, you must:

  • Attend one information session
  • Submit your application by November 7, 2014
  • If you are selected, pay the $120 registration fee by December 31. This fee convers all of your books and materials for the training session.

Info Sessions:

  • September 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
  • September 18th, 10:00 am  – 12:00 noon
  • September 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • October 2nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

What Are Extension Master Gardener Volunteers?

The Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program began in North Carolina in 1979, and has grown to 88 programs in counties across our state. Extension Master Gardener Volunteers are trained to help connect North Carolinians with the vast reservoir of horticultural knowledge and research developed at North Carolina A&T University and NC State University. Durham County Extension has nearly 100 volunteers in the Extension Master Gardener program. They help Durham residents learn more about a myriad of gardening topics, answer questions, conduct demonstrations and workshops, and help maintain Durham’s community garden at Briggs Avenue.

Once interns have completed their initial training, Extension Master Gardeners volunteer forty hours of their time to the community every year. Beyond their initial training experience, they are able to attend lectures and workshops offered by state and national experts. To find out more about the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program, visit http://www.ncstategardening.org or plan to attend an upcoming information session. call 929-560-0528 to register for an information session.

During the summer, this blog will feature some of the many ways Master Gardener Volunteers contribute to the community.

It’s National Moth Week

This morning, I learned (via the NC Extension Master Gardeners’ Twitter feed) that the week of July 20-28, 2013 is National Moth Week. The NCEMG tweets included links to interesting articles and beautiful photos of moths, which I’m sharing below.

First, from the Extension Master Gardener blog: http://blogs.extension.org/mastergardener/2013/07/22/national-moth-week-july-20-28/

On Facebook, the NC Extension Master Gardeners shared these photos: https://www.facebook.com/NcExtensionMasterGardeners/posts/596753847012776

Project Noah’s blog contains this article about sphinx and hawk moths. The photos are gorgeous! http://blog.projectnoah.org/post/56170892604/sphingidae

To follow the North Carolina Extension Master Gardeners’ tweets, look for @NCEMGardeners on Twitter.