Gardeners of Wake County

September 15th Club Meeting

      John Monroe  - Architectural Trees  

John Monroe will present a program on Architectural trees. Architectural Trees is a specialty tree nursery primarily serving homeowners, plant collectors, and landscape designers. Their mission is to find, grow, and promote highly ornamental cultivars of trees that grow well in the Piedmont of North Carolina.

                                          RALEIGH / CARY GARDEN TOUR - Sept. 19-20, 2015

Eight gardens are open for your enjoyment and education in the Gardeners Of Wake County 2015 fall garden tour. These gardens were created by people like you who love to get “down and dirty” and who would love to share with you what they have learned about what works and what doesn’t work in getting plants to grow. The venues illustrate a variety of gardening challenges and solutions, including of course preparation of the garden for the fall season.

   The tour also provides an opportunity to view and purchase garden art. One garden artist displays his or her work in each garden, with individual pieces placed around the garden, giving you ideas of how things might look in your own situation.

The gardens on the tour will be open for visitors from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, Sept. 19, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sunday, Sept 20. Tickets will be available at any garden for cash or check, or purchased on line through Eventbrite.  Tickets are $15 per person and include all the gardens on the tour for that price.  There is no charge for children under 13 years old.  Art can be purchased directly from the artist on site. Proceeds from ticket sales are used to fund scholarships for horticultural students at NC State University.

To see a list and map of the gardens on the tour, visit the Gardeners of Wake County Fall Garden Tour Map.

                                          Introduction to Plant Identification: The Path to Successful Gardening
Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Saturday, October 10, 2015 – 9:00 am–12:00 pm
Knowing the art and science of plant identification and plant nomenclature (names) makes all kinds of gardeners (novice all the way to hard core) more successful in their gardening endeavors. This class will equip you with the basics of plant identification, allowing you to expand and enhance your plant identification skills and abilities. By knowing some basic plant anatomy and morphology you will be able to tell the difference between all kinds of plants that at first glance appear to be very similar and therefore confusing ("is that a boxwood or a Japanese holly?") We will spend lots of time every week in the "outdoor classroom" called the JC Raulston Arboretum looking at, and identifying plants. Don't worry, you will learn a lot plus it'll be lots of fun!
This six-week course is designed for all gardeners who want to learn, and/or improve their plant identification skills. Whether you are just a beginner, a novice, just moved to this area, or an advanced gardener, this course is designed to help us all become better gardeners! For more ingformation.

                                    September 21-22
North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association

CALLING ALL GARDENERS!  Join us for 1 1/2 days of gardening education,  shopping, lively conversation, and fun, with Educational Sessions, Vendors,Silent Auction,Used Book Sale, Basker Raffle, and Door Prizes.
In the cooler days of autumn, as gardening chores change from summer to winter, the 2015 Master Gardener Conference will be hels on September 21-22, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Cary, North Carolina. This year's conference is open to EVERYONE who loves gardening.

Our KEYNOTE SPEAKER this year is the Star of HGTV's Gardening by the Yard, Mr. Paul James. Paul's light-hearted wit will amuse us with tales of his gardening journey.  Click on the following links for more information.
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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 Rd. in Raleigh. Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM and 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.  Visitors are always welcome.  
The J.C. Raulston Arboretum is located on Beryl Rd. which is on the South side of the railroad tracks and parallel with Hillsborough St.  Visitors are always welcome. Click here for map /a>or directions.

Garden related Websites

Campbell Road Nursery         JC Ralston Arboretum       Triangle Gardener     Consumer/Home Horticulture      Carolina Gardener Magazine           Azalea Society of America     The Gardener's Dirt