North Carolina Botanical Garden – Garden Notes

In this issue:
  • Home Gardening Workshop Series

  • Invitation to a Special Reception

  • New Exhibits

  • Save the Date for Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

What’s on Display

Bushy bluestem
(Andropogon glomeratus)

Dwarf palmetto
(Sabal minor)

American beech
(Fagus grandifolia)

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Garden Notes
News from the North Carolina Botanical Garden
26 January 2012

Home Gardening Series

From the beginning, the North Carolina Botanical Garden has offered learning opportunities to gardeners. In 2012 NCBG staff and other local experts will be instructing in a super line-up of offerings for our “Home Gardening Series.” Generally 2 hours long on a Saturday or Sunday, these workshops provide participants with new tools and ideas. Starting with Weeds 101 on February 11, “Queen Weeder” Sally Heiney shows you how to identify weeds and suggests strategies for managing them. On February 18 gardener Bob Peoples offers Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop. These are followed by Native Plant Seed Propagation, The Dos and some Don’ts of Pruning, Identifying & Controlling Invasive Plants, and Native Plant Propagation (cuttings). Don’t miss these, and more (Photography … All About Grains … Medicinal Herbs). Visit our recently updated website for details and how to register:

Ancient Mountains

Since late November, visitors to the Garden have been enjoying “SOUTHERN APPALACHIAN CELEBRATION: In Praise of Ancient Mountains, Old-Growth Forests, and Wilderness” in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of our Education Center. Join us on Sunday, February 19, 3 to 5 pm, to meet the photographer, James Valentine, and participate in a unique presentation, “Falconry: The Ancient Connection,” that includes a live falconry demonstration. The event, which also includes refreshments, a video, and book signing, is cosponsored by UNC Press, publisher of Valentine’s book. We gratefully acknowledge Tom Kenan, whose generous support enables us to offer this unusual event for FREE. Please send RSVP to so we can plan for the reception. For more about the exhibit:

“Ankle Twister” by Nancy G. CookIn addition to the exhibit mentioned above, we are currently showing “Seed Play” in the DeBerry Gallery for Botanical Art & Illustration. Nancy G. Cook, internationally exhibited artist from Charlotte, NC, creates realistic images of natural objects in a highly exaggerated scale with textiles, ink, and thread. “Seed Play” explores the architecture of seeds in a whole-cloth quilt format, focusing on tree and shrub seeds and fruits as metaphors for life’s riches. Please come by to see these beautiful works before the exhibit closes on February 26. Ms. Cook’s portrait of the Sweetgum fruit, shown at right, is titled “Ankle Twister.”

Invasive Plants

Coming Soon! A new educational exhibit opens in late February, in recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week (February 26-March 3). Saturday, February 25, at 1 pm, please join us for the opening of “Plant This-Not That: Invasive Plants and Their Alternatives.” The exhibit features original paintings by the Garden’s own artists in the Certificate in Botanical Illustration Program, along with invasive plant interpretive materials. There will be a talk by the Garden’s Associate Director for Natural Areas and Conservation Programs, Johnny Randall, followed by a reception with the artists, who will discuss their original illustrations. The event is free, but it helps us plan if you RSVP:

2012 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour

Every two years, our friends in the Chapel Hill Garden Club offer a spring tour of a selection of beautiful gardens in Chapel Hill. The 2012 Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour will be on April 14 and 15. The self-guided tour primarily features homes near Battle Park and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. Proceeds from this tour will benefit the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the educational/community service projects of the Chapel Hill Garden Club. Tickets cost $25 per person in advance or $30 the day of the. To learn more, visit

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