Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Even if you've been out to the Arboretum before, you ought to come out for the Master Gardeners' June Walking Tour.  There are always new plants/trees/shrubs/roses in bloom and the gardens take on a new look with each passing week.  The next tour will be on Thursday, June 3rd, starting at 9:00 AM.  Look for the "TOUR" signs by the front of the Ag Center building.  Click on the MAP in the right hand column for directions.  Bring your questions, bring your cameras, and bring your notebooks for jotting down information.  The tours are given rain or shine.

Later in the day, join us for our first Wine & Garden Party.  Scroll down for more information.

Saturday, May 22, 2010


Please join us on June 3rd from 5:30-7:30 PM at Dr. and Mrs. Bill & Lisa Ballance's garden on Blue Banks Farm Road for wine and appetizers.  Here is an opportunity to view their magnificent gardens as well as meet other Pitt County Master Gardeners.  Danny Lauderdale will be on hand to talk about the Arboretum.  You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for items donated by local businesses. This is a fundraiser for the Pitt County Arboretum so that we may continue to expand and improve its gardens.  Tickets cost $20 and are available at the Pitt County Extension Office, from any Master Gardener, or may be purchased at the entrance that night. 
Call 252-902-1709 if you have any questions.

Mark your calendars: Thursday, June 3rd from 5:30-7:30 PM
ADDRESS:  1940 Blue Banks Farm Rd., Greenville, NC
Click here for a Map to Blue Banks Farm Rd

This event will be held rain or shine!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Thank you all for coming out to the Arboretum last weekend to support our annual plant sale.  Check out this link which may give you some additional information for the care of your new perennials: Perennial Factsheet If you have any specific questions about your new purchases, please call our Hotline or send us an email.  The links may be found by scrolling down the right hand side of this page under 'Ask a Master Gardener.'

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Our much anticipated annual plant sale will be Saturday, May 15th.  Starting at 9:00 A.M., Friends of the Arboretum will have the first opportunity to purchase plants.  The general public will be admitted starting at 10:00 A.M.  The Plant Swap begins at 11:00 A.M.  The entire event ends at NOON.

The Master Gardeners have been busy potting up and caring for trees, shrubs, and perennials from their own yards and from the gardens at the Arboretum.  Some have started plants from seeds or taken cuttings or divisions from their successful plantings.  We will have over 1,000 plants to choose from.  Additionally we will have herbs, heirloom tomatoes, and a few other vegetables.  To get you started in your garden, we also will be selling garden gloves.  You will also be able to purchase a chance to win a beautiful, handcrafted garden bench.

The Plant Swap is always a favorite.  Bring something from your own garden and exchange it for something another gardener brought.  People have also brought garden books, garden yard art, containers, etc. to exchange in past years.  Remember everything goes even if it means going back home where it came from!

You can purchase Friend Memberships the day of the sale.  Or, how about gifting one to your mother for Mother's Day?  The membership is good for a year and comes with other benefits including discounts at some local garden centers and businesses. 

Call 902-1709 for more information.  If you scroll down the right side of this page, you will find a map, a link to the plant sale flyer, and an application for a Friends Membership.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


There will be a demonstration of planting bare root roses at 9:00 am on Friday, May 7 at the Arboretum Rose Garden. If you would like to see how this is done from start to finish, come out and join us. We may also have a demo of shovel pruning and planting a potted rose. Rain date will be Tuesday, May 11 at 9:00.