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Gardening 8th Annual Paw Paw Festival Sat Aug 29, 2015 Today 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 1450 Fairchild Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105, USA
— 8 hours away

The 8th annual NC pawpaw festival will be held Sat. August the 29th from 10-1 at the Forsyth county agriculture building in Winston-Salem. This is 1450 Fairchild rd and is a free event. Food will be available made with pawpaw as long as it lasts and lectures will be given on everything pawpaw from folklore to commercializing the fruit in NC. Tours will be given of the extension office pawpaw orchard and fruit, seed, and trees will be available for purchasing. For more info please contact Derek Morris or Mary Jac Brennan at 336 703-2850.

Gardening Pollinator Garden Tour Wed Sep 9, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
— 2 weeks away

Wednesday September 9 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects.No registration is required…just meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace at 5:30 pm, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. For more information about the garden, visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden

Gardening The Great NC Tree Conference, Greensboro, NC Thu Sep 17, 2015 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
— 3 weeks away

Conference Website: http://ncufc.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=51682ee1feab41e9f1f91ba4c&id=4577959f14&e=d5b1223d4b

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The 8th Annual NC Urban Forestry Conference is coming your way. This year we have Dr. Ed Gilman from the University of Florida as the keynote speaker. Dr. Gilman wrote “Illustrated Guide to Pruning” and has published more than 120 scientific peer reviewed journal articles on roots and pruning trees in his 30 years in academia and industry. He will take us back to the basics of tree care.

Join us on the 18th for the first ever Field Day in which Dr. Gilman will demonstrate the different pruning practices with climbers in the tree. We will also have other demonstration stations for you to get hands-on, live experience with other topics such as root excavation, urban wood use, nursery stock selection, proper planting, and the Asplundh Volts Wagon.

ISA, SAF, pesticide, AICP, and landscape architect credits have been applied for and will be made available. We will update the conference website with the approved credits.

Register Now to take advantage of the reduced registration fees!

Conference Hotel Information:
Greensboro Marriott Downtown
Start date: 9/18/15 End date: 9/20/15
Last day to book: 8/17/15

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Greensboro Marriott Downtown for 139.00 USD per night
Book your group rate for North Carolina Urban Forest Council


Gardening The Great NC Tree Conference, Greensboro, NC Fri Sep 18, 2015 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Greensboro Marriott Downtown, 304 North Greene Street, Greensboro, NC 27401, United States
— 3 weeks away

Conference Website: http://ncufc.us3.list-manage.com/track/click?u=51682ee1feab41e9f1f91ba4c&id=4577959f14&e=d5b1223d4b

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The 8th Annual NC Urban Forestry Conference is coming your way. This year we have Dr. Ed Gilman from the University of Florida as the keynote speaker. Dr. Gilman wrote “Illustrated Guide to Pruning” and has published more than 120 scientific peer reviewed journal articles on roots and pruning trees in his 30 years in academia and industry. He will take us back to the basics of tree care.

Join us on the 18th for the first ever Field Day in which Dr. Gilman will demonstrate the different pruning practices with climbers in the tree. We will also have other demonstration stations for you to get hands-on, live experience with other topics such as root excavation, urban wood use, nursery stock selection, proper planting, and the Asplundh Volts Wagon.

ISA, SAF, pesticide, AICP, and landscape architect credits have been applied for and will be made available. We will update the conference website with the approved credits.

Register Now to take advantage of the reduced registration fees!

Conference Hotel Information:
Greensboro Marriott Downtown
Start date: 9/18/15 End date: 9/20/15
Last day to book: 8/17/15

Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:

Greensboro Marriott Downtown for 139.00 USD per night
Book your group rate for North Carolina Urban Forest Council


Gardening Bug Fest! Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, United States
— 3 weeks away

http://naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/bugfest-2/

BugFest is the largest arthropod-focused event in the country! With over 30,000 visitors, over 100 exhibits, displays, crafts, games and activities, bands, presentations and lots of live arthropods, BugFest has something for everyone! In addition to meeting hundreds of live bugs, you can sample them in buggy dishes at Cafe Insecta, where local chefs prepare insects in delicious ways. Perhaps you’ll encounter Hush-Grubbies or some Lemony Crickets!

The 2015 Theme Arthropod is the cicada! There will be special cicada crafts and activities, educational displays and you will even get to sample cicadas in special fare!

Volunteer for BugFest! Just fill out our online volunteer form. Volunteers who work 2 or more shifts receive a free lunch, and every volunteer gets a free BugFest t-shirt! Space is limited so submit your forms soon! If you have any questions about volunteering for BugFest, please send them to miranda.dowdy@naturalsciences.org.

Gardening NC Extension Master Gardener Conference, Cary, NC, 9/21-9/22/2015 Mon Sep 21, 2015 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina, 27513
— 3 weeks away

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Association 2015 Conference "Gardeners: Stewards of the Environment"
September 21 and 22, Embassy Suites, Cary.
Keynote speaker will be Paul James "The Gardener Guy" and host of HGTV's Gardening by the Yard.

Schedule, fees and other details are available at http://ncmgva.org. Conference is open to Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the general public.

Gardening NC Extension Master Gardener Conference, Cary, NC, 9/21-9/22/2015 Tue Sep 22, 2015 Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, North Carolina, 27513
— 3 weeks away

North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteers Association 2015 Conference "Gardeners: Stewards of the Environment"
September 21 and 22, Embassy Suites, Cary.
Keynote speaker will be Paul James "The Gardener Guy" and host of HGTV's Gardening by the Yard.

Schedule, fees and other details are available at http://ncmgva.org. Conference is open to Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the general public.

Gardening Pollinator Workshop & Garden Tour Wed Sep 23, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 4 weeks away

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AND Saturday September 26, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. This is the same workshop offered on two different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. The garden is comprised of 160 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina. Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants plus a CD. Pre-registration is required. See registration details at http://go.ncsu.edu/sept-pollinator-wkshop

Gardening Pollinator Workshop & Garden Tour Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Pittsboro, NC
— 4 weeks away

The Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension will offer a pollinator conservation workshop and garden tour as part of its Enhancing Sustainability Series on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 AND Saturday September 26, 2015 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. starting in the auditorium of the Agriculture Building in Pittsboro. This is the same workshop offered on two different dates to accommodate participants’ schedules and keep class size small. Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of North Carolina pollinators and discuss the role of native bees and managed bees in crop pollination. Participants will learn about the principles of planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, vines, and grasses to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will emphasize native plants but also include a few other plants that provide good resources. The workshop will conclude with a tour of Cooperative Extension’s pollinator garden at Chatham Mills, about half a mile from the Agriculture Building. The garden is comprised of 160 different species, 85% of which are native to the piedmont of North Carolina. Participants will receive several native perennial milkweed plants plus a CD. Pre-registration is required. See registration details at http://go.ncsu.edu/sept-pollinator-wkshop

Gardening An Evening with the Plant Breeders: A Behind-the-scenes Look at How Better Plants Are Created: JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh Fri Oct 2, 2015 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC 27606, United States
— 1 month away

Go behind the scenes with nationally recognized plant breeders who create, promote, and grow the hottest new ornamental varieties. Enjoy their stories and discover the criteria and methods they're using to introduce beautiful, noninvasive, stress-tolerant, pest-tolerant, and adaptable plants.

One of the nation's top plant promoters and growers will also be there making this a perfect evening for any plant lover or collector to learn what new plants could be coming soon to a nursery near you and how they got there.

Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer and more including a auction featuring many rare plants.

Schedule: Friday, October 2, 2015

5:30 PM Registration, reception, and silent auction begins
6:30 PM Tom Ranney, Ph.D., NC State University
7:00 PM Break and auction
7:30 PM Denny Werner, Ph.D., NC State University
8:00 PM Break and auction
8:30 PM Tim Wood, Spring Meadow Nursery/Proven Winners
9:00 PM Break and auction (auction closes at 9:10 AM
9:10 PM Q&A with all speakers
10:00 PM Conclusion and auction checkout


Presentations

"Dreaming Plants", Tom Ranney, Ph.D.
Over the centuries, plant breeding has transformed and vitalized agriculture, civilization, and our gardens. And, we have barely touched the surface. Natural biodiversity in the plant kingdom provides a world of opportunities for inventing new plants with enhanced utility, sustainability, and dazzling garden appeal. A little educated creativity coupled with the magic of genetic recombination can result in outcomes that defy imagination. Approaches, opportunities, and dreamy new hybrids will be presented.


"It's Not a Job, It's a Hobby with a Paycheck-37 years of Plant Breeding at NC State University". Denny Werner, Ph.D.
Fun best describes Denny's 37 years of plant breeding experiences at NC State University-beginning with peaches, and continuing with my work today on butterfly bush and redbud. He'll take you through the steps that led to some of his most successful cultivars, and discuss the challenges and good fortune that played a part in their development. Although creating a novel cultivar through breeding is a long process, he hopes to convey the excitement, anticipation, and sense of accomplishment that he's enjoyed in every step of that process. Denny will review the characteristics of selected, previous cultivar introductions in all three species, and discuss some of the ongoing projects and goals that will lead to future unique introductions poised to grace your gardens. Time certainly does fly when you are having fun.


"The Hunt for New and Better Plants", Tim Wood
Tim Wood is a modern day plant hunter for the Proven Winners plant brand. More specifically Tim travels around the world looking for people that breed and select new and better flowering shrubs. Tim will showcase the latest and best new finds, the people behind these plants, and explain the process trialing and selecting only the the best plants for use on North American gardens.

Speakers

Tom Ranney, Ph.D.
Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Tom, a professor of horticultural science, lives, works, and plays in the mountains of western North Carolina where he leads a research program at the NC State University's Mountain Crop Improvement Lab in Mills River, North Carolina. His research program focuses on the evaluation, selection, and development of new landscape and bioenergy crops.


Denny Werner, Ph.D.
Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University
Denny was born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania. He gardened at an early age, and grew up exploring the fields and woodlots of south-central Pennsylvania, where he developed an early interest in botany and horticulture. His interests in gardening and plants led him to Pennsylvania State University, where he majored in horticulture. After a summer internship with Burpee Seed Company in California during his junior year, Denny focused his studies in plant breeding and genetics. After completing his B.S. degree in horticulture in 1973 at Pennsylvania State University, he moved to Michigan State University and earned his M.S. degree in horticulture, specializing in ornamental plant breeding. He continued his studies at Michigan State University, and completed his PhD degree in horticulture, with an emphasis in plant breeding and genetics, in 1979.

Denny was hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University in 1979 with responsibilities in teaching, and research responsibilities in peach breeding and genetics. He was promoted to associate professor and professor in 1983 and 1988, respectively. He was named the Raulston Distinguished Professor of Horticultural Science in 2006. His efforts in peach breeding have led to the development of numerous peach cultivars that are widely grown in the southeastern United States.

In 1998, his research efforts shifted to ornamental plant breeding and genetics, focusing on Cercis (redbud) and Buddleja (butterfly bush). He has made considerable progress in developing improved ornamental forms of Cercis, focusing on the manipulation of genes controlling plant architecture, flower color, and leaf color. His recent redbud introductions are 'Ruby Falls', 'Merlot', 'Whitewater', and 'Pink Pom Poms'. His work in Buddleja has focused on sterility, compact growth habit, and expansion of the color palette. His butterfly bush releases include 'Blue Chip', 'Miss Ruby', 'Miss Molly', 'Purple Haze', 'Lilac Chip', 'Pink Micro Chip', 'Blue Chip Jr', 'Miss Violet', 'Miss Pearl', and 'Ice Chip'. In 2013, the American Horticulture Society awarded him the Luther Burbank Award for extraordinary achievement in plant breeding.

In addition to his research contributions, Denny has been involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching and advising, and departmental administration. He served as the Horticultural Science Graduate Program Director for 11 years between the years of 1988 and 2003, and has advised 15 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students. He was director of the JC Raulston Arboretum from 2005-2008. His teaching responsibilities have included Tree Fruit Culture, Basic Agricultural Genetics, Gardening with Herbaceous Perennials, Plant Propagation, and Breeding Asexually Propagated Plants. He has twice received the North Carolina State University "Outstanding Teacher" award (1999 and 2003), and was named the "Outstanding Academic Advisor" in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in 1999. Most recently, he was recognized for his teaching efforts and undergraduate student involvement by being named an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor in 2014.

Denny is an avid gardener. His home landscape includes a 2,000 square foot herbaceous perennial border, and a diverse collection of woody shrubs and trees. He has been a long-time Friend of the JC Raulston Arboretum, and is also a member of The American Society of Horticultural Science (ASHS). He was named a Fellow of ASHS in 2011. Denny has been married to Georgina Werner for 42 years. They have two children, Sarah and Beatrice.


Tim Wood
Product Development Manager, Spring Meadow Nursery
As the product development manager for Spring Meadow Nursery, Tim travels the world searching out and new and promising shrubs for the Proven Winners plant brand.
Tim has a B.S. and M.S. in horticulture at Michigan State University. He spent 10 years in public horticulture with stints at Longwood Gardens, the Arnold Arboretum, the Chicago Botanic Garden, Kingwood Center, and Mill Creek Park.
Tim is an avid lecturer, photographer, and writer. He's the coauthor of three books gardening books including Tree and Shrub Gardening for Michigan. He has published articles and photographs in most major nursery and gardening magazines. He has taught plant materials for Michigan State University. Tim is an active plant breeder with 45 plant patents to his name including Little Lime™ Hydrangea, Incrediball® Hydrangea, Bloomerang Lilacs, and Summer Wine® Physocarpus.

Cost
Early registration: $60.00 for members, $75.00 for nonmembers; late registration: $75.00 for members, $90.00 for nonmembers. Early regi

Gardening 13th Annual Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute, Raleigh, NC Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
— 2 months away

13th Annual Design Institute: The Whole Child in Nature
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Designing and programming children’s outdoor environments for play, learning, and well-being.

Join us and see how naturalized outdoor environments offer children opportunities to engage with the natural world (plants, animals, rocks, air, water, weather phenomena) through self-motivated free play and learning experiences.

To learn more details about the 13th Annual Design Institute, visit the NLI website. Confirmed speakers and Institute Hotel details are available.

October 21 - 22, 2015
New Location for 2015:
NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

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Sponsored by the Natural Learning Initiative
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Gardening Pollinator Garden Tour Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension 480 Hillsboro St, Pittsboro, NC 27312, USA
— 2 months away

Wednesday October 21 at 5:30 pm Chatham County Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will be giving a tour of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden at Chatham Mills in Pittsboro. The garden was designed to provide forage habitat for pollinators such as honey bees, native bees, butterflies, flower flies, hummingbirds, beetles, and other beneficial insects.No registration is required…just meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace at 5:30 pm, rain or shine! The garden is at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro, NC 27312. For more information about the garden, visit the Growing Small Farms website at http://go.ncsu.edu/pollinator-garden

Gardening 13th Annual Natural Learning Initiative Design Institute, Raleigh, NC Thu Oct 22, 2015 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607, United States
— 2 months away

13th Annual Design Institute: The Whole Child in Nature
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Designing and programming children’s outdoor environments for play, learning, and well-being.

Join us and see how naturalized outdoor environments offer children opportunities to engage with the natural world (plants, animals, rocks, air, water, weather phenomena) through self-motivated free play and learning experiences.

To learn more details about the 13th Annual Design Institute, visit the NLI website. Confirmed speakers and Institute Hotel details are available.

October 21 - 22, 2015
New Location for 2015:
NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC

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Sponsored by the Natural Learning Initiative
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