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.
This year the Environmental Group will sample a variety of activities showcasing the many different facets of “environmental.” From foodscaping with Brie Arthur and the Raleigh City Farm, to decorating hand-made birdhouses ) for the Raulston Blooms competition, we will learn about a variety of environmental concerns and what we can do in our own gardens and households to improve our North Carolina home.
Programs for the 2018-2019 RGC year
September 27: Thursday. 10:30 a.m. Tour of Brie Arthur’s Foodscape Garden, 7624 Troy Stone Drive, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526. Brie is a popular and repeat speaker at our meetings, and the author of “The Foodscape Revolution.” How many of us, inspired by Brie, have planted garlic and peanuts in our own yards? Brie will take us on a personalized tour of her foodscape garden in Fuquay. Meet-up location for carpooling will be announced in The Leaflet.
October 15: Monday, 10:00 a.m. Guided tour of the NC State Fair gardens and a talk with the Soil and Water Conservation team. We’ll tour the gardens within the fairgrounds, which feature a variety of gardens grown by different vendors. We’ll also chat with a representative from the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation District.
November 1: Thursday, 11:00 a.m. Pollinator Paradise, 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos of the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will take us on a tour of the Pollinator Demonstration Garden she created. The garden features over 200 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses, and 85% of them are native to North Carolina. Meet-up location for carpooling will be announced in The Leaflet.
February 27: Wednesday, 2:00-5:00 p.m. JCRA, Room 105. Decorate a birdhouse for the Raulston Blooms! Birdhouse competition. Or, decorate your birdhouse and take it home. We’ll provide a variety of paints and other decorative materials—all you have to do is show up! Read about the competition guidelines here.
March 21: Thursday, time will be announced in The Leaflet. Stream walk at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr., Raleigh. Prairie Ridge consists of 45 acres of Piedmont prairie, forest, ponds, a stream, and sustainable building features integrated with a wildlife-friendly landscape, within a stone’s throw of Wade Avenue and Hwy 440. We’ll take a stream walk with a naturalist, with opportunities to learn about native plants and birds along the way.
April: Day and time will be announced in The Leaflet. Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27604. From the website: Raleigh City Farm is a nonprofit urban farm founded in 2011 on a formerly vacant one-acre lot in downtown Raleigh. Today, Raleigh City Farm is an integral part of the local community, reducing waste, creating healthier communities, and reconnecting city-dwellers with healthy food production through more frequent encounters with agriculture. We’ll tour the Farm, learning about what they grow, how they grow it, and where it goes after harvest.
May 22: Wednesday, 2:00-4:00 pm. JCRA. Annual plant exchange and tea. Please bring a plant (or several) to exchange with other Garden members. This is a mostly social event, a time to meet other RGC members and learn what is growing in each other’s gardens. Beverages will be provided. New this year: Potluck dessert! Members are encouraged to bring something delicious.
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.
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.