Gardening in Containers: A Hands-on Workshop

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

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024 – 9:00 am12:00 pm

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What a great time of year to talk about the art and science of growing plants in containers! This workshop will cover all you need to know about container gardening: containers, media, watering, fertilizing, design and plant selection. First, we will learn the principles, and then everyone in the class will be able to practice creating their own container garden.

container gardens

Participants are encouraged to bring their own container (16" to 24" wide) to the workshop. Simple nursery containers will be provided. These can be placed inside decorate containers later.

Note: Plants, simple nursery pots and soil will be provided.

About Bryce Lane

Bryce Lane

Bryce has been teaching students, home gardeners and garden professionals for over 40 years. Many may know Bryce from his UNC TV public television show called "In the Garden With Bryce Lane" which was on the air for 11 seasons and won three Emmys. Others may know him as a student from his time in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University.

Growing up in Western Massachusetts, Bryce discovered his passion for plants and telling others about them while 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 where he taught in the two-year and four-year programs, majors and non-majors, served as the undergraduate coordinator and even the interim director of the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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. Most importantly, he has been married for 45 years to his high school sweetheart, has two happily married daughters, and six incredible grandchildren. He is an avid gardener who has gardened in the same spot for more than 39 years with many stories, advice and passion to share with other gardeners regardless of their experience!

$80.00 for members, $100.00 for nonmembers.

Advance registration is required. Register through our online registration store.

Registration is limited to 24 participants and is considered complete when payment is received. You will receive a confirmation receipt from when registered.

Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. No refunds will be made after this time. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
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