The Horticulture Group was formed to increase members' knowledge and enjoyment of growing and using plants in the landscape and home. Programs of the Horticulture Study Group are educational to give more in-depth knowledge of various horticulture topics and to have fun sharing our common interest in plants.

Horticulture Group leader Cyndy Cromwell at the Chrysanthemum Festival at Duke Gardens

Horticulture Group leader Cyndy Cromwell at the Chrysanthemum Festival at Duke Gardens

This year, the Horticulture Group sponsors the October 4 meeting, when the inspiring Brie Gluvna Arthur returns to speak about her book, The Foodscaping Revolution.  The following week, we’ll meet to do some foodscaping of our own, putting together edible winter veggie containers. Other programs for the year include potting plants for the spring plant sale, making troughs out of styrofoam fish boxes,  hosting a Master Gardener pruning demonstration, and a walk through the JCRA Winter Garden. April offers opportunities to visit two outstanding plantsmen, one who specializes in succulents and the other in hostas. Finally, in the lovely month of May, we will tour a few outstanding member gardens.

Sign-ups for these programs will be available at our monthly meetings, and also posted on this page. Hope you will be able join us!

For more information about these programs, contact the Horticulture Group Chair

2017-2018 Programs

November 8:  Wednesday, 9 am – noon  We’ll make Tufa-like planting containers - we’ll make them out of styrofoam fish boxes (provided) – quick and easy to do, They look like tufa troughs, but are much lighter! The troughs are durable, light, and can be customized with more or less drainage and your creative choice of texture and paint. Cyndy’s house.

February 7:  Wednesday, 1 – 3 pm (Rain date February 9) - Pruning demonstration - Master Gardener Trish MacPherson will conduct a pruning demo and hands-on workshop – bring your clippers and learn how and when to prune your treasures!   

March 14: Wednesday, 1 – 3 pm (Rain date March 15) - A walk through the JCRA Winter Garden, cared for by Raleigh Garden Club members, to see some of the wonderful “winter plants” looking their best!  Come out for a feast of color, texture, and fragrance, when many of our own gardens are looking dreary and gray.  JCRA.

April 19:  Thursday, 10 am – noon (Rain date April 20) - Tour of Green Hill Farm, “Hosta Bob” Solberg breeds and ships his amazing hostas all over the world.  We are lucky to be able to visit and learn some of what goes on behind the scenes in the world of plant breeding and propagation, and perhaps to bring home a treasure or two!  Cody’s Way, Franklinton

April 24:  Tuesday, 10:30 am – noon (Rain date April 26) - Tour of a private garden featuring succulents - Our gardening friend worked at Plant Delights Nursery for many years, and is now at Big Bloomers. He specializes in succulents, but his acreage also boasts a pond, spectacular roses, and a shade garden.  New Hill

Extra: Optional lunch at Mrs. Lacy's Magnolia House and shopping at Big Bloomers, both in Sanford. 

May:  We will tour some outstanding member gardens.  To volunteer your garden, or perhaps a friend's garden, contact Cyndy.

Last year members of the Horticulture Group  gardened together at a container workshop, then at members' homes for pot-up parties. We visited the Chrysanthemum Festival at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, toured the  JC Raulston Arboretum with a young professional and visited the nursery of a seasoned plantsman. We finished the year with tours of 4 private gardens.