October 3 General Meeting - Sizzling Succulents
Oct
3
10:30 AM10:30

October 3 General Meeting - Sizzling Succulents

Speaker: Brienne Arthur, Garden Communicator

Colorful and creative succulents are taking the world by storm. Brie will share growing and propagation advice about her favorite tender and hardy succulents. She will discuss creative combinations for year-round interest and new introductions for cold hardy zones. Low maintenance, drought tolerant and eye catching, Sizzling Succulents will encourage everyone to indulge in this sustainable trend!

Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, she now combines her passion for plants and sustainable land management by communicating the value of gardening across the U.S. Brie has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement and for her work with public schools across the U.S. She appears as a correspondent on the PBS Television show “Growing A Greener World” and her debut book, “The Foodscape Revolution,” has become a best seller on Amazon. In 2017 Brie was honored as the first recipient of The American Horticultural Society's Emerging Horticultural Professional Award.

Brie will have plants available for purchase.

Extra: Member Plant Sale and Campbell Road Nursery Coupons! As you are tidying and preparing your garden for fall, put some of your extra plants in pots and bring them to the October meeting to share with fellow club members. Plants will be available on the patio (weather permitting). Remember to label and price your donations! Last call for Campbell Road Nursery plant coupons.

Lunch menu: Pot roast, Caesar salad, baked potato, steamed broccoli, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Photo by David Arthur.

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November 7 General Meeting - Fall-planted Bulbs For Your Garden
Nov
7
10:30 AM10:30

November 7 General Meeting - Fall-planted Bulbs For Your Garden

Speaker: Clay Carter, Director of Personal Enrichment Programs, Beaufort County Community College

Clay’s presentation will include the following:

  • A brief history of the Dutch settlement at Terra Ceia and its bulb-growing tradition

  • An explanation of bulb structure and why these plants are so garden worthy

  • A review of some old garden daffodils that are always good choices

  • An exploration of some great bulb flowering plants that can grace the garden in every season

  • Questions and answers

Clay Carter was born and reared in Washington, NC. He has lived on Main Street in Washington since 1980, and he hopes not to move until he is carried to Oakdale Cemetery. He is a graduate of Staunton Military Academy and East Carolina University. Since 1987 he has been employed by Beaufort County Community College where he began his career as a Greenhouse and Gardening Instructor at Creswell Prison. In the intervening years, he has worked with every department at the Community College. Currently he serves as the Director of Personal Enrichment Programs. He has given gardening programs and workshops for Tryon Palace, Richmond Men’s Garden Club, Chapel Hill Garden Club, Virginia Herb Society, and others.

Extra: Ways & Means' Holiday and Themed Basket Silent Auction! A variety of themed gift baskets for a silent auction will be available – full of treasures donated by local merchants and by our members. Get a jump-start on your holiday shopping! 

Lunch menu:  Sliced roasted turkey breast, fresh fruit salad, baked sweet potato, collard greens, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Photo courtesy of Beaufort County Community College

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December 5 General Meeting -  Festive Holiday Decorating from the Garden
Dec
5
10:30 AM10:30

December 5 General Meeting - Festive Holiday Decorating from the Garden

Speaker: Erica Winston, RGC member and award winning floral designer

Bring the special beauty of Nature and a whimsical romance to your holiday decorating with ideas inspired by the garden. In this fun, informative demonstration, Erica Winston will share design ideas and a few tricks of the trade she has gathered over the years as a floral designer and Flower Show Judge. 

Come get some "re-inspiration" to have FUN decorating for the holidays to celebrate our homes, our gardens, and our memories.

Extra: We will sell raffle tickets for the lucky winners to take home a holiday arrangement, and Ways & Means will sponsor a Bake Sale Silent Auction — bid on items baked and donated by members!

Lunch menu:  Pecan crusted boneless pork cutlet, mixed green salad, buttered new potatoes, honey glazed carrots, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

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January 2 General Meeting - Propagation 101
Jan
2
10:30 AM10:30

January 2 General Meeting - Propagation 101

Speaker: Leanne Kenealy, Plant Breeding and Nursery Technician, JC Raulston Arboretum

In this class-style presentation we’ll learn the basics of home propagation. From collecting and germinating seedlings to taking the perfect cuttings, this demonstration will show us the ins and outs of the best timing, environments and temperatures to replicate our favorite plants instead of spending money to buy them! The tools and methods for making a duplicate of that heirloom plant in your garden are all here. Join in to learn about the magic of home propagation.

Leanne Kenealy is the Nursery Technician at JC Raulston Arboretum, where she gets to perfect her propagation skills with plants from all over the world including those in Dr. Denny Werner’s redbud breeding program. She received her Master’s in Horticulture from Clemson University where she specialized in peach breeding and propagation. From there she worked as Production Manager at Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, SC for over three years where her love of all things green grew even further.

Lunch menu:  Meat loaf, Caesar salad, country mashed potatoes, fresh green beans, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Photo courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum

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February 6 General Meeting - A Crack Epidemic…Crevice Gardening in the Triangle with Low-Water-Need Plants Growing in Recycled Concrete
Feb
6
10:30 AM10:30

February 6 General Meeting - A Crack Epidemic…Crevice Gardening in the Triangle with Low-Water-Need Plants Growing in Recycled Concrete

Speakers: Jeremy Schmidt and Tony Avent, Juniper Level Botanic Garden and Plant Delights Nursery

Tony Avent is the owner of Plant Delights Nursery, Inc., selling mail-order rare, unusual, and native perennial plants, and of Juniper Level Botanical Garden, which holds more than 24,800 unique accessions. He and Jeremy will share the story of the massive new rock garden installation at Plant Delights. Built of recycled concrete from the property, the “weaponized limestone” crevice garden has made it possible to grow many rock garden plants here in the Southeast!

Tony is Raleigh’s own horticulture superstar! He has conducted plant explorations all over the world, including Mexico-1994; China-1996; Korea-1997; Argentina-2002; South Africa-2005; Thailand-2005; Taiwan-2008, Crete-2010; Bosnia-2012; Croatia-2012; Montenegro-2012; Slovenia-2012; Vietnam-2005 plus 67 other plant expeditions in the U.S. since 1994. He is also a hybridizer of hostas, rare bulbs and hardy aroids; a freelance garden writer; an international garden lecturer; and a plant auctioneer extraordinaire.

Jeremy Schmidt has worked at Plant Delights for over ten years. His current position is Grounds and Research Supervisor for Juniper Level Botanic Gardens. He has done most of the construction of the crevice gardens there.

Lunch menu:  Chicken Marsala, fresh fruit salad, baked potato, sautéed squash, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Left: Photo used by permission of  Kenton J. Seth  http://www.paintbrushgardens.com/p/who-i-am-page.html  Right: Photo by Bobby J. Ward

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March 6 General Meeting Plants for Birds, Creating a Bird and Pollinator-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion
Mar
6
10:30 AM10:30

March 6 General Meeting Plants for Birds, Creating a Bird and Pollinator-Friendly Garden at the Executive Mansion

Speaker: Kimberly Brand, Field Organizer at Audubon North Carolina

Have you heard there’s a new bird and pollinator garden at the NC Executive Mansion? Learn all about how Audubon worked with First Lady Kristin Cooper to create it, and how you can plant for birds too. Native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive in a way that non-native plants cannot do. By planting shrubs that provide the high-fat berries birds need to fuel up for long migration flights, trees that host the caterpillars that become baby-bird food, and flowers that provide nectar for hummingbirds, your yard — like the First Lady’s — can make a real difference for birds year-round. Learn how you can start helping birds in your yard and in your community, and how to download Audubon’s new Plants for Birds list specific for our region.

Kim Brand, Field Organizer for Audubon North Carolina, has been working toward bird conservation goals with Audubon for five years. She began as a volunteer co-chairing the new Bird-Friendly Communities program, and now holds a staff position leading this program. She also created a climate volunteer program called The Audubon Ambassador. This program has generated 300 trained volunteers and has expanded to 10 other states. Kim is a 2013 Audubon Toyota TogetherGreen Fellow for her work with Habitat for Humanity of Forsyth County. Kim lives in Winston-Salem and works statewide for Audubon North Carolina.

Lunch menu:  Pork tenderloin with glaze, mixed green salad, rice pilaf, field peas & sugar snaps, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Photo by Justsin Cook, National Audubon Society

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April 5 General Meeting - The Evolution of America’s Next Great Urban Park: Dorothea Dix Park
Apr
3
10:30 AM10:30

April 5 General Meeting - The Evolution of America’s Next Great Urban Park: Dorothea Dix Park

Speaker: Kate Pearce, City of Raleigh Senior Planner, Dorothea Dix Park

The Raleigh community has an extraordinary opportunity. The chance to create a new public space, of this size, in the heart of a city is remarkable – and simply unparalleled in the United States. If we rise to this opportunity, Dorothea Dix Park will have a unique ability to bring us together – to be a place of community belonging and wellness for all individuals and families. It will transform individual lives and will ensure a livable and sustainable region for generations to come.

Join us in exploring the past, present and future of Dorothea Dix Park. Kate Pearce will share stories that honor the legacy of the campus as the state’s first mental health hospital and provide a window into the planning process to create a world-class park. Please join us in the discussion to create Dorothea Dix Park as a place for everyone – a transformative public space for community wellness and celebration that will enrich the quality of life for existing and future generations of North Carolinians.

Kate Pearce is the Planning Supervisor for Dorothea Dix Park for the City of Raleigh. As the project manager she is responsible for the stewardship, management and future planning of the park. Prior to joining the City she worked as both an urban planning and business management consultant. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a MBA from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kate is Texsippian-- Part Texan, part Mississippian but now calls Raleigh home.

Lunch menu:  Chicken cordon bleu. Caesar salad, baked sweet potato, steamed broccoli, rolls, member provided dessert, iced  \tea, coffee, and water

Photo courtesy of AJ Fletcher Foundation

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May General Meeting -  Incorporating Trees in Your Garden
May
1
10:30 AM10:30

May General Meeting - Incorporating Trees in Your Garden

Speaker: Katie Rose Levin, Treecologist, Leaf and Limb

Trees provide us with shade, beauty, clean air, clean water, higher property values, lower crime, wildlife habitat and much more. In short, trees make us happy, healthy and wealthy. But how do we best incorporate them into our garden? Join us as we learn about good trees for our garden and key concepts of how to grow them successfully. We'll talk about trees big and small, native and exotic, twisted and traditional. There will be plenty of time for questions and conversation. At the end, you will leave knowing a bit more about how to choose, plant and take care of these beautiful creatures in your garden.

After earning a BS in Environmental Studies from NC State University, Katie Rose Levin spent several years working and studying ecology across North and South America. In 2009 she returned to school, earning both Master of Forestry and Master of Environmental Management degrees from Duke University. In 2012 Duke hired her as their first ever Natural Resource Manager. While there she managed over 14,000 trees across Duke's campus, and served as the primary arborist consultant to over $500 million of capital projects. It was fun, but she wanted to get out and see the world again. So she helped launch the consulting department at Leaf & Limb and now spends her time providing high quality tree information and support to Landscape Architects, Landscape Architects and Planners.

Extra: Ways & Means: Mother’s Day Celebration! Just in time for Mother’s Day there will be a variety of tea cup candles and orchids for sale at this meeting. Great gifts to give and honor our mothers, family members, friends, co-workers or those who are hospitalized or shut-in. 

Lunch menu:  Chopped Cobb salad, pasta salad, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water

Photo courtesy of Leaf & Limb

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June General Meeting - Celebrating Together
Jun
5
10:30 AM10:30

June General Meeting - Celebrating Together

Speaker: Vicki Corporon, President Raleigh Garden Club

President Vicki Corporon will take us on a walk through “memory lane” to highlight our year of accomplishments in our home and community gardens. Together, we’ll honor outstanding members who have made a difference through their leadership and personal contributions to the Raleigh Garden Club, city, state, and perhaps even the country! New officers will be installed.

Pot-luck lunch provided by members. Guests do not need to bring a dish.

Note: This meeting will be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum in the Ruby McSwain Education Center.

Photo by June Ann Ward

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September 5 General Meeting - Kickoff of the RGC Year & Ganna Walska Lotusland Botanic Garden
Sep
5
10:30 AM10:30

September 5 General Meeting - Kickoff of the RGC Year & Ganna Walska Lotusland Botanic Garden

Speaker: Vicki Corporon, RGC President

President Vicki Corporon will share the inspiring story of one of America’s self-taught and gifted garden designers, Ganna Walska, whose appreciation of botanic diversity led her to import plants from around the world and feature them at Lotusland in Montecito, California. Ganna’s 37-acre property has an amphitheater, rare succulents and cycads, lush ferns, several orchards, topiary, a formal parterre garden, tropical gardens, a water garden with lotus, statuary, mosaics in walls and walkways, and a spectacular Japanese garden … and that’s just a partial list! Vicki was introduced to Ganna’s amazing creativity when she and her husband recently visited and photographed Lotusland.

Committee chairs will also provide an overview of their planned activities for the year … an invitation for all of us to put our energy, talents, and creativity to work in our own gardens and community.

Together, we’ll “Dig in and Grow the Friendships…and Fun!”

Extra: Ways & Means: Just in Time for Fall Planting! Coupons for flats of fall annuals and potted mums from Campbell Road Nursery will be sold .

Lunch menu: California chicken, mixed green salad, rice pilaf, vegetable medley, rolls, member provided dessert, iced tea, coffee, and water. Vegetarian and gluten free options also available.

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Past Event June 2018 - Installation of Officers and Presentation of Club Awards
Jun
6
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event June 2018 - Installation of Officers and Presentation of Club Awards

Our president, Joyce, will give up the gavel to our incoming president.  Join our annual pot luck lunch at the Arboretum as we end our year and applaud the accomplishments of the Raleigh Garden Club.  New officers will be installed.  Presentation of club awards will also be part of the program.

Note location change to JC Raulston Arboretum, Ruby McSwain Education Center

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Past Event May 2018 - Essential Oils for Your Garden with guest speaker, Lynn Jennette
May
2
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event May 2018 - Essential Oils for Your Garden with guest speaker, Lynn Jennette

Lynn will educate members on how essential oils can be used in your home and garden for natural pest and disease control, to promote healthy plantings, and for first aid support for you while working in your garden. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils are used for medicinal purposes, as well as for uses in and around your home and garden. Because they are safe and effective, essential oils provide an alternative to harmful chemicals.

For the past 3 years, Lynn has helped others through the use of natural solutions. Lynn enjoys teaching others how to use essential oils and teaches classes as well as individual wellness consults. Lynn is a member of Westwood Garden Club in Winston-Salem, and a student National Garden Club Flower Show Judge.

Luncheon Menu: Mixed Greens Salad, Lightly Seasoned Caribbean Jerk Tilapia with Mango Salsa, Buttered New Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

EXTRA! Lynn will be selling the oils following the program.

Also, we are all going to show off a bit of our gardens this month. Everyone! Bring one bud vase with a “pretty” from your garden. It can be a single flower, a leaf, or if you wish a mini bouquet. You can take flowers from your garden and mix with foliage – don’t forget to think about houseplants ... so bring something.

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Past Event April 2018 - Isabelle Bowen Henderson:  Raleigh Artist & Horticulturalist 1899-1969 with guest speaker Russ Stephenson
Apr
4
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event April 2018 - Isabelle Bowen Henderson: Raleigh Artist & Horticulturalist 1899-1969 with guest speaker Russ Stephenson

Russ Stephenson will present a program on his great-aunt Isabelle Henderson’s talents as an artist and gardener.  In 1937, she created a magical enclave of Colonial Revival dwellings and outbuildings combined with display and working gardens in the style of the 1930’s.  Russ and his wife Ellen have embarked on a restoration according to the color photos and slides that Henderson produced in the 1950’s and 60’s.  The over thirty years of physical records of her work at her Oberlin Road home is a treasury of early 20th century American garden design and architecture.

Russ graduated summa cum laude in Environmental Design in Architecture from NC State’s College of Design.  In the 1980's Russ assisted with the property's National Register of Historic Places Nomination.  During those years, Russ also studied horticulture and landscape design under JC Raulston.  The last 12 years, Russ has served on the Raleigh City Council, where he brings his architectural and urban design training to the challenges of a growing city.

Luncheon Menu:  Fresh Fruit Salad, Chicken Cordon Bleu with Mustard Cream Sauce, Rice Pilaf, Fresh Steamed Broccoli, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

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Past Event March 2018 - B. W. Wells, Pioneer Ecologist with guest speaker Brian Bockhahn
Mar
7
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event March 2018 - B. W. Wells, Pioneer Ecologist with guest speaker Brian Bockhahn

Bertram Whittier (B.W.) Wells was an NCSU professor in the early twentieth century and was one of the first scientists to write and lecture about ecology.  Wells introduced North Carolinians to the extraordinary tapestry of "natural gardens" or wild plant communities, within the state's borders back in 1932.  He grew curious as to how plants are related to each other and the environment!  What we now know as the field of “ecology.”  Brian will tell us more about B.W. Wells and his influence on teaching others the importance of understanding and protecting wild places.

Brian Bockhahn has worked with the North Carolina state parks for over 20 years.  He is a lifelong nature lover whose projects include organizing eagle scouts to enhance nature trails along Falls Lake, tagging monarch butterflies during their migration, and coordinating over 150 Audubon Christmas Bird Counts!  Brian was instrumental in the revitalization of the B.W. Wells Association, which manages Rock Cliff Farm where Wells and his wife lived in their retirement years.

Luncheon Menu:  Classic Caesar, Pecan Crusted Boneless Pork Cutlet with Maple Demi Glaze, Baked Sweet Potato, Collard Greens, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

Ways & Means: White Elephant Silent Auction of items donated by members. Bring your no longer used treasures for others to purchase!

 

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Past Event February 2018 - Art In Design - A Floral Demonstration with guest speaker Steven Taras
Feb
7
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event February 2018 - Art In Design - A Floral Demonstration with guest speaker Steven Taras

Steven Taras, owner of Watered Garden Florist, has been in the floral industry for over 20 years, starting as a buyer in the wholesale market before graduating to floral design.  His philosophy is to incorporate his client’s vision and personal style with seasonal blooms.  He combines his passion for the art with his remarkable communication skills, displayed in demonstrations and lectures in many settings, e.g. the NC Museum of Art, Umstead Hotel & Spa, Duke Gardens, and many garden clubs.

Though his business base and residence are in Raleigh, client events have taken him to venues across the nation, including Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington D.C., New York City, and the US Virgin Islands.  His always-interesting plant material comes from both local growers and sources around the world.

Luncheon Menu:  Mixed Greens Salad, Balsamic Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Tomato Relish, Roasted Garlic Yukon Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Squash, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

Ways & Means: Book Sale! Members donate gardening books from their collection for others to purchase. Remaining books will be donated to JCRA book sale.

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Past Event January 2018 - Palms:  They Are Not Just For the Tropics Anymore! with guest speaker Janice Swab
Jan
3
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event January 2018 - Palms: They Are Not Just For the Tropics Anymore! with guest speaker Janice Swab

Longtime gardeners in this area may remember when no palms were seen in landscapes.  Now we see them frequently.  What has changed and what palms are the most likely suspects for your gardens?  The presentation will answer some of these questions.

Dr. Swab is a botanist and professor emerita of biology at Meredith College.  Her interests are in plant studies and travel for plant study and teaching.  She enjoys being a member of the Hidden Hill Garden Club and in retirement continues to teach as an adjunct at Meredith. 

Luncheon Menu:  Classic Caesar, Baked Flounder, Buttered New Potatoes, Sugar Snap Peas, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

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Past Event December 2017  - Enchanted Spaces: New Possibilities in Garden Lighting presented by Erica Winston RGC 2nd Vice Chair
Dec
6
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event December 2017 - Enchanted Spaces: New Possibilities in Garden Lighting presented by Erica Winston RGC 2nd Vice Chair

Whether it’s ground-level lights that give your garden a dramatic night-time flair or mood setters to enhance a patio or deck, you’ll find more choices of outdoor lighting fixtures than ever before.  Take a look at lighting ideas to make your garden magical.  Erica will cover the use of LEDs, the latest controls, approaches, projectors, and lighting techniques for different effect. 

Luncheon Menu:  Fresh Fruit Salad, Pot Roast, Country Mashed Potatoes, Chefs Vegetable Medley, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

Ways & Means, Holiday Baked Goods Silent Auction! Bid on goodies baked and donated by members!

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Past Event November 2017 - Gardening and Climate Change with guest speaker Stefan Bloodworth
Nov
1
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event November 2017 - Gardening and Climate Change with guest speaker Stefan Bloodworth

This presentation deals with the challenges facing gardeners during this time of rapid climate change.  Climate change predictions are now becoming possible at community or local levels.  But how do we address and adapt to these?  A brief history of climate change issues will be followed by environmental impacts of global warming, and how gardeners can adjust today to take steps for the future.

A native of Durham, Stefan has lived in Tanzania and Ecuador where he studied tropical ecology and the effects of deforestation on plant and animal diversity.  He has been a landscape designer specializing in the use of native plants since 1995 . In 2002, he became curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Duke Gardens. Bloodworth has written and lectured extensively over the past 13 years on a variety of subjects associated with the appreciation and conservation of native plants and their habitats.

Luncheon Menu:  Mixed Greens Salad, Sliced Roasted Turkey Breast served with Stuffing and Sage Gravy, Baked Sweet Potato, Fresh Green Beans, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

Ways & Means: Holiday Gift Sale! Members and local merchants will donate items. Bring your treasures to sell and find a treasure to purchase!

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Past Event October 2017 - Foodscape Revolution with guest speaker Brienne Arthur
Oct
4
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event October 2017 - Foodscape Revolution with guest speaker Brienne Arthur

Foodscaping visionary Brie Arthur looks at under-utilized garden spaces and sees places where food can be inter-planted with ornamentals for a new way of sustainable landscaping that embraces both beauty and utility.  Learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape adds purpose to everyday spaces while cutting down on maintenance.  The best edible and ornamental plants are featured to inspire attendees to create their own purposeful landscapes.


Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design and Horticulture at Purdue University and has over a decade of experience at nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest.  Brie has been dubbed a revolutionary for her leadership in the suburban Foodscape movement.  In 2017 Brie received the Emerging Horticultural Professional Award by the The American Horticultural Society, and published her first book.

Luncheon Menu:  Classic Caesar, Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Garlic Demi Glaze, Rice Pilaf, Sauteed Squash, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert. Vegetarian and Gluten Free lunches also available.

EXTRA!  Brie will be signing and selling her new book, The Foodscape Revolution, following the presentation.

Ways & Means, Members Plant Sale - Bring plants from your garden, potted, labeled & priced to the patio for RGC members to purchase. Last chance to purchase CRN coupons for fall annuals & mums!

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Past Event September 2017 - Kickoff for the New RGC Year!
Sep
6
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event September 2017 - Kickoff for the New RGC Year!

Our President, Joyce, will introduce a new club year.  The Committee Chairs will present their plans for the upcoming club year.  Erica Winston will present a short history of The RGC since its founding in 1925.  Come explore the many opportunities to join in the club projects, educational opportunities, and enjoy re- connecting with your fellow gardeners.  Pick up your Yearbook! 

Luncheon Menu: Fresh Fruit Salad, Chopped Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken, Tomato, Egg, Bacon, Cheddar and Bleu Cheese served with choice of dressings, rolls, tea, coffee, and member-supplied dessert

Ways & Means: Time to Plant Fall  Annuals! Coupons will be sold for flats of fall annuals and potted mums to spruce up your garden or patio. Plants are available through Campbell Road Nursery. Details are in The Leaflet. 

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Past Event June 2017 - Pleasures and Treasures Remembered; Joyce Moses, Raleigh Garden Club President
Jun
7
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event June 2017 - Pleasures and Treasures Remembered; Joyce Moses, Raleigh Garden Club President

  • JC Raulston Arboretum--Ruby McSwain Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the festivities as we end our year and applaud the accomplishments of the Raleigh Garden Club. New officers will be installed. Presentation of club awards will also be part of the program. We will have the traditional Potluck lunch and meet at the Arboretum.

Note location change. This meeting is at the Ruby McSwain Education Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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Past Event May 2017 - Interpreting an Idea Through Floral Design; Angela Marchesi, NGC Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge
May
3
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event May 2017 - Interpreting an Idea Through Floral Design; Angela Marchesi, NGC Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge

How does one interpret a painting or express a theme through the ephemeral medium of floral design? Choosing appropriate containers, design type, colors, and most importantly, plant material, can be daunting.  Successful experience participating in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s recently established and very popular Art in Bloom event has given our speaker unique qualifications to address this fascinating challenge.  Ms. Marchesi will guide us through her thought process as she puts together designs with her own creative style.

Photo of Angela's 2016 Art In Bloom floral arrangement used by permission of Carolina Rocheleau.

Source: https://archaeologistsdiary.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/art-in-bloom-2016-etruria-and-rome/

EXTRA: Buy raffle tickets to win a floral design created by Angela.

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Past Event April 2017 - Exploring Raleigh's Cultural Resources; Douglas White, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Apr
5
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event April 2017 - Exploring Raleigh's Cultural Resources; Douglas White, Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources

Doug will present a program on the NeighborWoods Tree Program, a partnership between Raleigh and its residents, and how we can become involved. He will also give an overview of the city’s cultural resources and explain the Memorial Tree Program.

Doug’s gardening interest began at an early age, following in the shadows of his grandmother. He holds a degree in Forest Management and served 16 years as a NC Forest Ranger. He became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2004. In January 2016, Doug began working with the City of Raleigh as their Tree Planting Coordinator.

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Past Event March 2017 - The Seven Wonders of Wake; John Connors, Nature Educator
Mar
1
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event March 2017 - The Seven Wonders of Wake; John Connors, Nature Educator

The WakeNature Preserves Partnership recently named its first seven WakeWonders, the most outstanding natural areas in Wake County. Our speaker, John Connors, will take us on a photographic journey to explore the unique features of each of these natural wonders.  In addition, he will tell us about the WakeNature Preserves Partnership and their efforts to identify ecologically valuable, publicly owned open spaces within Wake County, and to build capacity for appropriate management and long-term stewardship of these areas.

John Connors, retired from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where he was the Coordinator of the Naturalist Center, is the chairman of the Steering Committee of the WakeNature Preserves Partnership.  He is a very active and engaged member of the Wake Audubon Society where he has twice served as president. In 2013, he was the recipient of the Audubon NC Bird Lore Conservation Education Award. John stays busy leading nature hikes, giving presentations, and compiling the Wake Audubon Christmas and Spring Bird Counts.

EXTRA! White Elephant silent auction with items donated by our members. You might find just what you need! And what you bring may be a treasure to another member!

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Past Event February 2017 - Winter Gardening; Tony Avent, Proprietor Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden
Feb
1
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event February 2017 - Winter Gardening; Tony Avent, Proprietor Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanical Garden

Add some horticultural jingle to your winter garden. Discover little-known plants that can keep your garden merry even in cold weather.

Tony Avent has brought world-renown to his nursery of rare, unusual, and native perennial plants.  In addition to running Plant Delights Nursery, Tony Avent is a plant breeder who is best known for his Hosta breeding program, but is actively breeding other genera as well. He also travels the world on plant hunting expeditions to search for new, rare, and unusual plants. He has won numerous awards, authored several books, and his newsletter is one of the best emails you’ll ever receive on plants and gardening.

Photo of Adonis amurensis 'Pleniflor' used by permission from Plant Delights Nursery.

 

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Past Event January 2017 - Inside the Designer's Mind; Tim Hanauer, President of Earth Graphics
Jan
4
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event January 2017 - Inside the Designer's Mind; Tim Hanauer, President of Earth Graphics

Tim will show us how a landscape designer is able to transform the existing landscape to what it could be to fit the owner’s best vision by showing us hands-on with a small project in the lucky winner of the raffle’s yard. See what the latest technology in landscape design can offer: a mobile setup and plans prepared the same day. 

Tim Hanauer is Founder and President of Earth Graphics, a unique residential landscape company. He continues to work as an active designer. Tim has applied his 29 years of landscape design experience (21 as a Registered NC Landscape Contractor) to projects developed on three continents. Tim’s pragmatic approach to plant selection and arrangement has developed out of years of constant observation. He specializes in a plant pallet that extends from the coast of South Carolina to the mountains of Virginia.

Extra: Ways and Means book sale from our library of donated books. Win-win. Your purchases support club community projects and you pick up some good gardening books at great prices.

 

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Past Event December 2016 - Tabletop Tips for the Holidays
Dec
7
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event December 2016 - Tabletop Tips for the Holidays

From creating the main holiday table for festive meals with family and friends to bringing the holiday spirit to other table settings in the home, Linda will present a dialogue and slideshow on creating the holiday feeling throughout your home. All settings will include focus on utilizing florals and greenery, both real and faux, and how they pair with other objects on the tables and in the rooms themselves.  Some ideas will also be shared for keeping real foliage fresher longer.

Linda Zoffer is the award winning lead designer and creative force at  del ZIO Designs Interiors, LLC. (www.delziodesigns.com) Holding a BA from Hofstra University in New York and an MA from New York University, she later attended the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy to study Art History and Fresco Restoration. She is a professional designer member of IDS, DSA and AID. Linda is CQRID Certified & GREEN Accredited.  A member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Linda is a recognized DesigninGREENleader.  She has written articles for the News and Observer, New Homes and Ideas Magazine and the Green Home tour book.  

EXTRA! Enter a raffle to be the lucky winner of a complimentary landscape design that will be the basis of our January program: pick one particular area of focus, possibly a small bed area, patio re-do, front porch, etc. and EarthGraphics will develop a landscape design for it.

Bake Sale by the Ways and Means Committee – bid on goodies baked and donated by members.

 

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Past Event November 2016- The Heritage Collection
Nov
2
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event November 2016- The Heritage Collection

Program: The Heritage Collection

Speaker: Brienne Gluvna Arthur, Garden Consultant - Foodscaping and Landscape Design Correspondent

A bright young star on the horticulture scene, Brie will be presenting a fascinating program on camellias in history. “The Heritage Collection” discusses the fashions, storied histories and characters behind iconic Camellias from around the world.   Brie is promoting and growing living pieces of history to connect a new generation to the past.   Learn how camellias shaped history from Ancient Asia, into the Renaissance period of Europe and finally into the new world of America during the Antebellum era. 

Brie is a former Production Manager at Plant Delights Nursery and Propagator and Grower at Camellia Forest Nursery. Originally from southeastern Michigan, Brie Arthur studied Landscape Design at Purdue University.  She is the Foodscaping and Landscape Design correspondent for PBS’s Growing a Greener World, providing practical advice on integrating edibles in a traditional landscape.   

EXTRA! Brie will be selling plants from her Heritage Camellia Collection at the meeting. (Cash or Checks payable to Brienne Gluvna)

Ways and Means holiday gift sale--.members and local merchants will donate items. Bring your treasures to sell and find others to buy.

 

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Past Event October 2016 - The Joy of Conifers
Oct
5
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event October 2016 - The Joy of Conifers

Program: The Joy of Conifers

Speaker:  Joan McAndrews, Fuquay-Varina Garden Club

Conifers are a diverse group of plants, much more complex and interesting than the Christmas trees that immediately spring to mind.  Conifers can add an exciting dimension in your garden – bringing color and wonderful shapes to specimen plants. Joan will cover the many shapes of conifers and use sizing charts to evaluate the smaller varieties most suited to a garden.

Special Note:  Member Plant Sale - bring plants potted, labeled, and priced to sell at our Members-Only Plant Sale.  Your donations help fund RGC's activities.  More details in the Leaflet.

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Past Event September 2016 - Celebrating Our Gardening Pleasures and Treasures: Kickoff for the New RGC Year
Sep
7
10:30 AM10:30

Past Event September 2016 - Celebrating Our Gardening Pleasures and Treasures: Kickoff for the New RGC Year

Program:  Celebrating Our Gardening Pleasures and Treasures: Kickoff for the New RGC Year

Speaker:  Joyce Moses, Raleigh Garden Club President

Our President, Joyce, will start off the club year.  She will introduce Helen Yoest, who will give a 5 minute presentation on a new foundation in Raleigh:  Bee Better, which helps homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, & butterflies. They are holding their first annual Bee Better Garden Tour Sept. 10th.

Then Committee Chairs will share their planned activities for the club’s upcoming year. Come explore the many opportunities to sign up for club activities and learning opportunities, as well as fun getting to know your fellow gardeners. Pick up your Yearbook. We’ll wrap up with a 5 minute presentation on the Pleasures and Treasures of the Raleigh Garden Club by Erica Winston.

Be ready to take coupons for Campbell Road Nursery flats of plants to sell for Ways and Means fund-raising. We’ll continue sales in Oct, too. Details to be explained at the meeting.

 

 

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Past Event May 2016 -The Scoop on GMO’s
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event May 2016 -The Scoop on GMO’s

Speaker: Dr. Chad Jordan

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are frequently in the news, but what exactly are these organisms and why are they the subject of so much debate?  Dr. Chad Jordan, a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at NC State, will share information on how these organisms are produced, their application in agriculture, and some of the issues surrounding their use.

Dr. Jordan received his BA in Biology from UNC Asheville and his doctorate in Botany from NC State. He is Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology.

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Past Event April 2016 -“Would You Look at That!” Adventures at the World Association of Flower Arrangers show
Apr
6
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event April 2016 -“Would You Look at That!” Adventures at the World Association of Flower Arrangers show

Speaker: Ginny Parker 

Join RGC past president Ginny Parker as she shares with us her experiences in Boston, MA, at the 2011 World Flower Show, sponsored by the World Association of Flower Arrangers. Imaginative, spectacular, beautiful--and even bizarre--are adjectives that may come to mind when viewing the creative designs from around the world. The World Flower Show is held every other year in cities around the world and may not return to the US for a number of years. Enjoy this chance to experience the show! 

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Past Event March 2016 -Landscaping with North Carolina Native Plants
Mar
2
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event March 2016 -Landscaping with North Carolina Native Plants

Speaker: Katherine Schlosser, author and frequent lecturer on native plants

Katherine will talk about including many NC plants – some familiar and some you may not have thought of – into all sorts of garden areas:  Piedmont meadows, hillsides, streamside or shady nooks. She has been cataloguing and championing native plants and knows them better than most anyone in the state. 

An author and lecturer, Katherine has served on local and national boards including the Plant Conservation Alliance, the NC Native Plant Society and the NC Plant Conservation Board.  She has lectured across the country on a variety of plant topics and was selected to receive the Foster Award for Excellence in Herbal Literature for her book The Herb Society of America’s Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs (LSU Press, 2007). She edited the NC Native Plant Society newsletter for many years and is a regular contributor to other publications. 

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Past Event February 2016 -Raleigh's Public Gardens: Do you know them?
Feb
3
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event February 2016 -Raleigh's Public Gardens: Do you know them?

Speaker: Helen Yoest

Helen is a garden enthusiast, first and foremost. Her Raleigh garden, "Helen's Haven," became the basis for her career as a garden consultant and her popular blog, Gardening with ConfidenceShe is sought after as a speaker at green industry gatherings and elsewhere, and is the author of several books, including one due out in spring 2016. Her own photographs often illustrate the texts. 

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Past Event January 2016 -Well Fed Community Garden - the Local Food movement In Action
Jan
6
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event January 2016 -Well Fed Community Garden - the Local Food movement In Action

Speaker:  Arthur Gordon, owner/chef, the Irregardless Café and Catering


The Irregardless Café was Raleigh’s first vegetarian restaurant and then evolved to the Local Foods movement, providing fresh-from-the-farm meals.  They support eating “lower on the food chain.” The spring of 2012 saw the purchase of an urban garden three miles from the Cafe that has become the Well-Fed Community Garden. Hear how this 1.5 acre garden, on a main Raleigh thoroughfare, grows produce organically and follows sustainable agricultural practices, supplying the Cafe, its catering business, the garden’s volunteers and low income members of the surrounding community. 

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Past Event December 2015 -Holidays in Bloom
Dec
2
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event December 2015 -Holidays in Bloom

Speaker: Cydney Davis-English

Bring new spark to your holiday decorating with ideas from Cydney Davis-English, owner and lead designer of Raleigh's The English Garden. In this fun, informative program, Cydney will share design ideas and a few tricks of the trade she has gathered throughout her career as a third generation florist. 

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Past Event November 2015 -Life in Your Garden – Planning for How You Use Your Outdoor Spaces
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event November 2015 -Life in Your Garden – Planning for How You Use Your Outdoor Spaces

Speaker: Leslie Cohen, Owner and Principal Designer at Leslie Cohen Design

Whether you have a small patio or several acres, planning how you want to use your outdoor space will help you create a landscape that accommodates your lifestyle.  Developing the optimal garden goes far beyond choosing appealing plants. Incorporating social and dining areas, meditation or relaxation zones, play areas, water features, pet areas, and any other special desires is equally important.  Planning your garden space in advance will also help you create natural connections between spaces, convenient indoor-outdoor living, zones for compatible plant types,

Leslie Cohen, CKD, CID, AID, ASID, has been redesigning spaces most of her life and has been owner and principal designer at Leslie Cohen Design for the past 26 years. She has won over 40 awards and her work has been featured in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, Luxury Living Magazine and Builder Magazine. Leslie primarily focuses on residential properties, particularly remodels.  

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Past Event October 2015 -Nicaragua: Land of Volcanoes, Birds and Coffee
Oct
7
11:00 AM11:00

Past Event October 2015 -Nicaragua: Land of Volcanoes, Birds and Coffee

Speaker: John Gerwin

Nicaragua is the largest country in Central America but the least known when it comes to its birds. While its coffee is more familiar to us, many consumers remain confused by the various labels used today. Join Research Curator John Gerwin from the Museum of Natural Sciences as he helps clear up the coffee confusion. He will also highlight some of the birds of the coffee-growing region. John does research on the life cycles of migratory birds, with a focus on breeding biology. He has been co-leading annual ecotours to Nicaragua since 2005 and has been engaged in bird-banding activities there since 2010.

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