Gardening in the South

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Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager, Mark Weathington, Director, and Rich Woynicz, Extension Master Gardener

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020 – 8:00 am12:00 pm

New gardeners and those that recently moved the Triangle are invited to participate in a new symposium at the JC Raulston Arboretum that's designed just for them.

Spiraea thunbergii 'Fujino Pink'

Schedule

Saturday, February 1

8:00 am
Registration, reception, and plant and apparel sales
8:30 am
Welcome with Mark Weathington
8:45 am
"Great Herbaceous Perennials for the Southeast"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager, JC Raulston Arboretum
9:45 am
Break and plant and apparel sales
10:00 am
"Winning Strategies for Southern Vegetable Gardening"
Rich Woynicz, Wake Count Extension Master Gardener
11:00 am
Break and plant and apparel sales
11:15 am
"Bullet Proof Trees and Shrubs for the South"
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum
12:15 pm
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Presentations

"Great Herbaceous Perennials for the Southeast"
Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager, JC Raulston Arboretum

Herbaceous perennials are popular with gardeners for their ability to return year after year with beautiful flowers and foliage. Learn about the best and most reliable winter-hardy herbaceous perennials for gardens in the Southeast for both sun and shade conditions.

community garden vegetable harvest

"Winning Strategies for Southern Vegetable Gardening"
Rich Woynicz, Wake Count Extension Master Gardener

Vegetable gardening in the South has been described as "a leisure-time activity involving lots of time and a little leisure." If you are new to the South, come learn the basics of vegetable gardening for the home gardener. If you have been gardening here for a while, come learn some special four-season vegetable gardening tips from a seasoned Master Gardener.

garden scene with many trees and shrubs

"Bullet Proof Trees and Shrubs for the South"
Mark Weathington, Director, JC Raulston Arboretum

Trees and shrubs form the backbone of a garden but what are the plants that stand out from the rest? We'll discuss plants which have stood the test of time, need little care once established, and will survive the vagaries of central North Carolina's weather.

Speakers

Douglas Ruhren
Gardens Manager

Mark Weathington

Mark Weathington
Director, JC Raulston Arboretum

Mark Weathington is the director of the JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University where he is passionate in his work to connect people with plants. His latest book, Gardening in the South: The Complete Homeowner's Guide, takes his common sense approach and a bit of humor and makes gardening accessible for any level of gardener.

Mark travels extensively searching for new plants to diversify the American landscape and lecturing on a variety of topics in horticulture to further the JC Raulston Arboretum's vision of "Planning and Planting a Better World." His explorations and speaking engagements have taken him to China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Ecuador, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, and throughout the United States.

Mark previously served as director of horticulture and facilities at the Norfolk Botanical Garden and as horticulturist for the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Rich Woynicz

Rich Woynicz
Wake County Extension Master Gardener

Rich Woynicz has been gardening since he was five years old. He started picking up rocks in his father's garden in New Jersey, and has not stopped picking rocks out of the garden since. He is a certified Wake County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer as of June 2015. He has led and volunteered at the Kirk Community Garden and the Food Bank Community. He mentors and provides technical direction to numerous other community and school gardens in the Raleigh area. He has a 1/4-acre garden of his own where he does four-season gardening since he moved to North Carolina in 1991. Outside of "playing in the dirt" at night and on the weekends, he works in information technology where he is director of engineer for Collab9, a Unified Communications service provider for federal and commercial customers.

Cost
Free.
Registration
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited and is considered complete when payment is received.
Location
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
Directions
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Parking
Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Questions
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this symposium.