Gardeners of Wake County, Inc.



2017 Big Annual Azalea Sale

April 5 through April 15 or until sold out. Come early.

Venue Campbell Road Nursery, same as last year

Over 100 varieties: biggest selection anywhere, only here only once a year

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February 11 Special Event

 

The Gardeners of Wake County seed exchange meeting was January 17. Miss it? Another opportunity for a seed exchange is Saturday February 11 sponsored by Triangle Area Gardeners and Homesteaders. Venue: American Wildlife Refuge Education Center, 315 Hubert Avenue, Raleigh. 1:00 PM.

 

February 21 Meeting

Refreshments at 7:00 PM, meeting 7:30

 

North Carolina State University’s Dr. Danesha Seth Carley knows a great deal about

the importance of pollinators and she’s concerned about what’s been happening to them.  At the February 21st Gardeners of Wake County meeting, she’ll explain why.

 

As an Assistant Professor in NCSU’s Department of Horticultural Science and Director of the Southern Integrated Pest Management Center, she focuses on pollinator protection and habitat conservation.

 

“Most everyone knows about the declining population of honey bees,” she says, “but there are many other groups of insect pollinators that also need help.”

 

Insects are the most common and abundant of the pollinator species and any backyard gardener knows full well how essential they are to the survival of many flowers and vegetable plants.  Pollinator importance, however, extends far beyond the home garden.

 

The production of about 85 percent of the world’s food and fiber crops is dependent on the work of these tiny creatures and they contribute an estimated $217 billion to the global economy. To put it another way, every third bite of food we humans consume is connected to the efforts of bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

 

Still, pesticide use and loss of native environment are big reasons why pollinator populations are declining.  American beekeepers, for example, estimate they lost approximately 50 percent of their bee colonies in the past year.

 

Dr. Carley is trying to change that.  She, along with other faculty members and students, are establishing pollinator-friendly gardens at various locations on campus – including a plot near the Raulston Arboretum’s rose garden.

 

At the GWC February meeting, she’ll offer details on that project and suggest other steps gardeners can take to reverse the loss of pollinators and help them thrive.

 

March 21 Meeting

Refreshments at 7:00 PM, meeting 7:30

 

Frank Hyman. The Liberated Gardener. Saving money, time your bank and the planet.

 

 


           
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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.





John Motley has been growing Basil, Garlic, and Asparagus for years.

Learn more about growing Basil, Garlic, and Asparagus or make your own applesauce and Pesto.





               Monthly Meetings     

     
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.


                                               


Garden Related Websites

Campbell Road Nursery

JC Raulston Arboretum

Triangle Gardener

Consumer/Home Horticulture

Carolina Gardener Magazine

Azalea Society of America

The Gardener's Dirt