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 Penny Amato at a fundraising party for the Disappearing Frogs Project

Environmental Group leader Penny Amato at a fundraising party for the Disappearing Frogs Project

This year the Environmental Group will concentrate on “natural gardens,” a term used by B.W. Wells to describe the diverse and beautiful native woodlands, wetlands, and meadows of our state.  We will sponsor the March general meeting about this fascinating ecological pioneer. We will visit three properties where native plants and wildlife habitat are emphasized including the retirement home of Wells.  We will also learn about pollinators and how to attract them to our gardens at our Paint and Sip fundraising party with special guest Helen Yoest the founder of the non-profit Bee Better.  We will finish the year with our members plant exchange.

For more information about these programs, contact the Environmental Group Chair.  

2017-2018 Programs

January 24:  Wednesday, 6:30 – 9 pm Fund raising Paint and Sip Party at Cheers N’ Paint in Cary.  Cost is $35 with a portion of the fee going to Helen Yoest’s non-profit Bee Better. Come create a masterpiece (your choice of a dragonfly or butterfly) to hang on your wall. Please bring whatever you want to drink (wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverage) and light snack to share (but please come even without a snack—there will be plenty of food).  Invite your friends and family!  107 Edinburgh Dr. Suite 115, MacGregor Village, Cary, 919-903-5223. 

March 22:  Thursday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm   Tour of a National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Habitat and native plant habitat recognized by the North Carolina Native Plant Society.  Homeowner Dale Batchelor will share some basic conservation principles that she and her husband John Thomas use.  They emphasize native plants and conservation principles including avoiding pesticides, reducing lawn, removing invasive plants, and composting with the goal of easy maintenance and attracting insects, birds, and other wildlife.  5508 Swiftbrook Circle, Raleigh.

March 27: Tuesday, 1 – 3 pm  - Visit to Rock Cliff Farm, the retirement home of B.W. Wells.  This 83-acre property located on Falls Lake is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It consists of natural meadows, successional and mature forests, six miles of trails and of course, varied flora and fauna as well as interesting geology.  Bent Rd (no exact house number), Wake Forest.

May 16: Wednesday, 2 – 4 pm  - Annual plant exchange and tea.  Please bring a plant (or several) to exchange with others.  A variety of teas, coffee, and some great desserts will be served.  This is mostly a social event so it is an excellent time to meet other RGC members and learn about some interesting plants from others.  Room 105, Ruby McSwain Center, JC Raulston Arboretum.

Last year the Horticulture 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.