Lectures

Learn from noted horticulturists and top industry professionals in our popular JCRA lectures. From new plant introductions, green industry trends, and exotic exploration trips in search of new plants, we cover a variety of timely, cutting edge topics that appeal to both home and professional gardeners.

Along with specially scheduled lectures, our monthly Friends of the Arboretum Lecture series covers the entire spectrum of horticulture. FOA Lectures are free for members and $5.00 for guests.

Upcoming Lectures

Midweek with Mark
"Deer Resistant(ish) Plants"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
"A Peek at My Garden"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 10, 2020 – 3:00 pm

Midweek with Mark
"Terrestrial Orchids, Sacred Lilies, and Other Choice Shade Garden Perennials"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 – 3:00 pm

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"A Legacy of Elm Improvement"
Kim Shearer, Tree and Shrub Breeder and Manager New Plant Development Program, The Morton Arboretum
Thursday, June 18, 2020 – 6:30 pm

Midweek with Mark
"Living on the Edge—Plants That Are Almost Hardy"
Mark Weathington, Director
Wednesday, June 24, 2020 – 3:00 pm

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden"
Dennis Graban, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, July 27, 2020 – 10:00 am

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Fall Gardening and Thanksgiving Herbs: Time to Turn over a New Leaf and Get the Most out of Autumn"
Tom Packer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, August 24, 2020 – 10:00 am

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
"How Trees Can Save the World—And What You Can do to Help"
Basil Camu, Leaf & Limb
Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 7:30 pm

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
Winter Is Coming: How to Winterize Your Garden
Vera Beers, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, September 28, 2020 – 10:00 am

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
"Plants Friend or Foe: Myths, History and Facts of Healing Plants"
Cathy DeWitt, Wake County Extension Master Gardener
Monday, October 26, 2020 – 10:00 am