Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

"Herba Inutillis, the Evolution of Weed Control Through History"
Thomas Packer, Wake County Extension Master Gardener

  • Monday, November 29, 2021 – 10:00 am11:30 am

Have you ever wondered how gardeners controlled weeds before the modern science and techniques of the past century? This talk will explore the fascinating development of gardeners' attempts to deal with unwanted plants, including ingenious mechanical and cultural approaches as well as development of primitive herbicides, from the time of antiquity, through the Roman empire to the early 1900s. The presentation will conclude with a review of current approaches to weed control.

farmer with rake line drawing

Tom Parker

About Tom Packer

Tom Packer is a longtime backyard farmer, citizen scientist, certified Master Gardener volunteer from Wake County, and a winner of the program's Diamond in the Rough award as outstanding member of the program's most recent class. Tom has helped anchor the program's gardening helpline, fielding calls and e-mails from gardeners on a variety of horticultural issues. He also is a moderator of the Facebook group Gardening Carolina for North and South Carolina, a volunteer at the JC Raulston Arboretum, a member of the Gardeners of Wake County club, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Raleigh, and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California.

Cost
Free for Friends of the JC Raulston Arboretum members, Extension Master Gardeners, NC State University students (with ID), and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff, all others $5.00.
Registration
Advance registration is not available.
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 lecture.