The club encourages members to garden organically and to strengthen the harmony among plants, earth, animals, and people. The Environmental Group promotes educational programs that center on environmental stewardship and conservation.  Activities are open to all RGC members.

 Environmental Group leader Laurie M at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Environmental Group leader Laurie M at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Programs for the 2018-2019 RGC year

The  2018-2019 activities for the Environmental group will be announced in mid-July

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2017/2018 Activities

Last year, the Environmental Group concentrated on “natural gardens,” a term used by B.W. Wells to describe the diverse and beautiful native woodlands, wetlands, and meadows of our state. The group sponsored the March general meeting about this fascinating ecological pioneer. During the year, we visited three properties where native plants and wildlife habitat are emphasized including the retirement home of Wells.  We also hosted a Paint and Sip fundraising party with special guest Helen Yoest the founder of the non-profit Bee Better.  We finished the year with our members plant exchange.

2016/2017 Activities

During the 2016/2017 RGC year, the Environmental Group toured a stream restoration project on the NCSU campus, heard a talk on invasive plant species, visited the NCSU phytotron, held a fund raiser Paint and Sip party, visited a private wildlife and native plant garden, and finished the year with a plant exchange and tea.