October Guest Speaker:
Duke Gardens Curator Jason Holmes
Explains how to Beat the Winter Blahs
Many home gardens become dead zones between summer and spring--but they don’t have to be that way. That’s the message Duke Gardens Curator Jason Holmes brings to the Gardeners of Wake County as October 17 guest speaker.
In a presentation titled “Berries, Bark and Buds of late Fall and Winter,” Holmes offers insight into the many species that have amazing berries, fantastic bark and interesting buds that add life and interest to off-season gardens.
“The goal of this lecture is to take our thinking beyond flowers and foliage when looking at the fall and winter months,” he says. “There are spectacular cold weather plants that offer both beauty and functionality and we just need to be aware that they exist.”
Jason Holmes is certainly someone who would know. He earned his Bachelor of Technology in plant science from the State University of New York at Cobleskill, focusing on plant propagation and production.
He now serves as Curator at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, where he oversees the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, Spring Woodland Garden and the Page-Rollins White Garden. Jason has a love for everything plants and uses his passion to teach others how to achieve exciting horticultural successes.
For those not familiar with the 55-acre Duke facility open free of charge at the Duke University campus 365 days a year: it’s known as one of the premier public gardens in the United States with 200-plus colorful plant varieties viewable from more than five miles of walkways and paths.
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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 2017.
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The Gardeners of Wake County meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Ruby McSwain building at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Road in Raleigh. Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM and members and visitors can socialize at 7:00 pm before the 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. Visitors are always welcome.
The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is located at 4415 Beryl Rd. which is on the South side of the railroad tracks and parallel with Hillsborough Street just east of the State Fair. Visitors are always welcome. Click here for map or directions.
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