Thursday, February 11, 2016

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The Master Gardener Volunteers have kicked off their preparations for their annual plant sale on Saturday, May 14, 2016.  Each year, as for the past 12, they offer thousands of plants to the hundreds of people who come out to purchase perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, roses, succulents, native plants, and even some annuals.  Check back here often for updates.

HELPING MONARCHS

The Master Gardeners have taken on a project to help our monarch butterfly population.  Several of them have planted seeds of Asclepias incarnata and Asclepias syriaca, two types of milkweed.  Monarch butterflies lay their eggs exclusively on milkweed plants.   They hope to have these plants available for the May 14th Plant Sale at the Arboretum.

The seeds of Asclepias need a period of moist cold (stratification) before they will germinate.  To aid in this, they are being started in plastic jugs.  It is an interesting method.  You can find many websites or youtube videos explaining this technique.  This is one:  SOWING SEEDS IN MILK JUGS.  Maybe you want to try?  Be sure to read the seed packet for specific planting instructions.



Sunday, February 7, 2016

THANK YOU

The Pitt County Master Gardeners would like to thank you, the attendees, and our sponsors for supporting us at our recent speaker event with Bryce Lane.  It was an educational and entertaining morning where Bryce encouraged us to not just see and learn, but DO!  Here are a few photos from last Saturday.
Our Committee with Bryce & Danny
Photos by R. Davis & D. Grimes
Thanks also to the Planning Committee of Joanne, Susan, and Rosanne.

We are very grateful for our Event Sponsors:
  • 103.7 WTIB-FM
  • Anderson Pine Straw & Mulch
  • Carolina Seasons Nursery
  • Burger King (Williamston, Ahoskie,Windsor, Washington and Chocowinity)
  • CD Rouse & Co.
  • East Coast Equipment
  • Little’s Nursery
  • Plant & See Nursery
  • TurfWise
  • Wild Birds Unlimited

Thursday, February 4, 2016

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

There are not many blooms this time of year.  However, berries and great foliage brighten the gardens around the Arboretum.  These selections are from our Certified Plant Professional Collection.

Photos by K. Previll
 
 
1.       Daphne odora   (Fragrant Winter Daphne)
2.       Berberis julianae  (Wintergreen Barberry)
3.       Hydrangea anomala petiolaris   (Climbing Hydrangea)
4.       Nadina domestica     (Heavenly Bamboo)
5.       Ilex vomitoria x pendula    (Weeping Yaupon Holly)
6.       Lonicera fragrantissima     (Winter Honeysuckle)
7.       Aucuba japonica      (Japanese Aucuba)
8.       Nandina domestica      (Dwarf Nandina)
9.       Osmanthus heterophyllus     (Holly Tea Olive)
10.   Magnolia stellate    (Star Magnolia)

Monday, February 1, 2016

PRUNING TIME

Winter is a good time to prune your trees and shrubs IF THEY NEED IT.  Join Danny Lauderdale at the Pitt County Arboretum for a Pruning Demonstration.  Proper pruning tools, techniques, and timing will be discussed.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2016
Starting at 10:00 AM
Meet in front of the Ag Center at
403 Government Circle, Greenville

Call 902-1709 if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE FOR
 GENERAL PRUNING GUIDELINES

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

PLANT SALE & SWAP 5/14/2016

The Master Gardener Volunteers have kicked off their preparations for their annual plant sale.  Each year, as for the past 12, they offer thousands of plants to the hundreds of people who come out to purchase perennials, herbs, vegetables, shrubs, trees, roses, succulents, native plants, and even some annuals.  Check back here often for updates.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

ICE FORMATIONS

An interesting phenomenon was seen at the Arboretum this week. Moisture from the ground created ice crystals which lifted mulch up into the air. Winter can bring beauty to the garden in unexpected ways.
Photo by L. Maclaga