July 19th Meeting
Robert Mottern - Excitement in the Winter Garden.
Robert Mottern (Bobby) is Director of Horticulture at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina. He leads a team of 15 full-time horticulturists who manage the 55 acre public botanic garden in the heart of the Duke University campus. Garden staff nurture a variety of spaces including intensive annual and perennial displays, organically managed roses, organically grown vegetables, a native plant garden, Asian species arboretum, aquatic plant displays, and the garden’s arboriculture. He also participates in a variety of educational programming and oversees project management. The gardens are free and open daily for students, staff, faculty, and the visiting public to enjoy. Bobby has a BS in Horticulture from Clemson University and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. He has performed work study programs at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA and at the National School of Horticulture and Design in Angers, France. He joined Sarah P. Duke Gardens in December of 2009; prior to that he worked with Reynolds and Jewell, a landscape architecture firm in Raleigh and from 1994 - 2003 he oversaw horticultural operations at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, SC. He gardens at home with his wife Lizzy and daughter Bea.
72nd Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
September 7-8, 2013 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, and 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC Festival Theme: "Light Up My Gourd" Admission: $2 adults; free for children under 16, workshop students, and NC Gourd Society members
This festival features gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, and crafting supplies. A variety of competitive categories are awarded ribbons and prizes. There is a live auction on Saturday at noon and also a free gourd crafting table for kids.
Details about the festival and information on how to enter the competitions are on our web site at www.ncgourdsociety.org/festival. A listing of workshops offered will be on the web site in August. For more information, contact Kate Mahony, Festival Chair, at email@example.com or (910) 639-4577.
Like More Garden Talk?
Visitors are always welcome at The Gardeners of Wake County meeting held every third Tuesday of the month at J.C. Raulston Arboretum. Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM so members and visitors can socialize before the 7:30 PM start of the meeting. Each meeting starts with a short business session followed by a horticulture related program. Plants are brought by members and given away as prizes. Click on "Programs" at the top of this page to see a list of the programs scheduled for 2016.