The Ins and Outs of Home Landscaping: How to Choose, Use, and Care for Plants in the Home Garden

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Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University

Wednesdays, February 10, 17, and 24 and March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2016 – 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

This eight-week course is designed for anyone who is interested in improving their own gardening skills in and around the home landscape. I have identified eight important gardening topics (one per week), and will discuss how to improve the way we perform them. Whether you are a seasoned gardener, or a beginner, have a huge arboretum-like garden, or have a few containers on your deck, this course will help you select, install, and maintain the plants you grow.

Bryce Lane's garden


Feb. 10 – Introduction and plant selection
Feb. 17 – Bed preparation and planting
Feb. 24 – Post transplant care (watering, mulching and pruning)
March 2 – Plant nutrition and fertilizing
March 9 – Energy-saving landscapes
March 16 – Waterwise gardening practices
March 23 – Growing plants in containers (indoors and out)
March 30 – Pest management ("are you a good bug or a bad bug?")

Bryce Lane

About Bryce Lane

Bryce grew up in Western Massachusetts, where he discovered his passion for plants and telling others about them, working at a local garden center through high school and college. After earning his B.S. in plant science from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and an M.S. in horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1981, he came to the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as a lecturer, teaching in both the two-year and four-year programs. He taught plant identification at NC State for 18 years. In 1987, he became the undergraduate coordinator, serving the department in that capacity for 26 years. Bryce taught both large and small courses, for majors and non-majors. In the past 30+ years, he has taught more than 20,000 students. He has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards and is frequently invited to speak at many workshops and symposia, about teaching as well as horticulture and gardening. He hosted and produced a three-time, Emmy winning UNC TV public television show called "In the Garden With Bryce Lane" which was on the air for 11 seasons. Most importantly, he has been married for 37 years to his high school sweetheart, has two happily married daughters, and six incredible grandchildren.

Bryce retired from NC State in January 2014, and is now spending more time with his family, pursuing the next chapter in his public speaking career, and teaching part time at NC State and the JC Raulston Arboretum. He served as interim director of the JC Raulston Arboretum from July through November 2014. He is an avid gardener who has gardened in the same spot for 32 years!

Adverse Weather

In the case a class is canceled due to adverse weather, we'll extend four subsequent classes by 30 minutes to make up the lost time.

$200.00 for members, $250.00 for nonmembers. Note to nonmembers: instead of paying $50.00 more for the program, become a member for $50.00 instead.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 24 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this course.