Saturday, December 6, 2014

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GIFTS FOR GARDENERS WHO HAVE EVERYTHING

We might be able to help you cross some people off your list:

1)  Give a gift membership for 'Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum'.
Yearly Memberships start at $20 for students and seniors, $25 for individuals,
and $40 for family.
Benefits include early entrance to our annual plant sale, reduced ticket prices for
speaker events, and discounts at some local gardening businesses.  
Click here for an APPLICATION and the full list of benefits.

2)  Purchase tickets for our January 31, 2015 Speaker Event:  Peter Hatch,
former director of the gardens of Monticello.  Ticket prices are $15 for Friends,
$20 for General Public.
Click here for PETER HATCH FLYER

Saturday, November 29, 2014

DECORATING FROM NATURE

Come to the Arboretum this Thursday, December 4th starting at 10:00 AM where Master Gardeners will demonstrate some ways to decorate for the winter holidays using cuttings from shrubs and trees, berries, pinecones and other things gathered from the gardens.


Meet under the Shelter in front of the
Ag Center


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HAPPY THANKSGIVING


Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FALLING LEAVES

The leaves are falling and covering the grounds around the Arboretum.  What do we do with all the leaves?  COMPOST!!!!  Why rake and have them hauled away to the landfill?  You can put them in a pile as they are, run over them with the lawn mower to chop them up, or feed them through a leaf shredder.  All methods will result in a free soil amendment.


Click below for helpful tips
 

Friday, November 14, 2014

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Pitt County Master Gardeners are hosting a speaker event January 31, 2015.  Peter Hatch will be at the Arboretum to talk about Thomas Jefferson's Garden at Monticello.
For all the details click here for the FLYER 

Photo from monticello.org

Tickets may be purchased at the Pitt County Extension Center at 403 Government Circle (MAP) or at Wild Birds Unlimited (MAP)

Doors open at 9:00 AM to give you a chance to visit our sponsors' booths and enjoy some morning refreshments.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

EVERGREEN SHRUBS IN CONTAINERS

Master Gardeners recently changed out most of the 10 containers that are planted around the Arboretum.  They are now ready to go through the winter months looking fabulous.   When filling the containers, they use a variety of trees, shrubs, perennials, herbs, groundcovers, and annuals.  Anything you plant in the ground can be planted in a container.  The trees and shrubs are eventually moved to the ground after a year or two.  The perennials, herbs, and groundcovers are usually potted up to sell at the May Plant Sale (The next one is May 16, 2015).  The annuals go to the compost bin.  Here is a sample of one of the newly planted containers:
 
Back left, then clockwise: Chamaecyparis pisifera 'King's Gold' (King's Gold False Cypress),  Picea glauca (Dwarf Alberta Spruce),  Lorepetulam chinense rubrum 'Crimson Fire', Juniperus squamata 'Blue Star' (Blue Star Juniper)
Click below for container planting tips:
Photo by K.Whitehead