Friday, June 17, 2011


In the Fall of 2010, a Small Fruit Garden was started at the Arboretum with plantings of thornlesss blackberries, muscadine grapes, and blueberries.  In the Spring of 2011 a fig, pomegranate, kiwi vine, and a Goji berry were added.  Last week the Master Gardener Volunteers began harvesting the  blackberries.  The first week 3 pounds of earlier ripening Arapaho blackberries were picked.  This week 8 pounds of  Arapaho and Navaho blackberries were picked.  The berries were donated to our local food bank as are all the edibles grown at the Arboretum.

If you are interested in growing  blackberries in your garden, you can refer to this publication, Growing Blackberries in North Carolina.  While some of it's focus is on commercial growing, most of the information can be adapted to home gardens.  Should you have questions, scroll down the right side of this page to "Ask a Master Gardener" for ways to contact them.

Come out and see our new Small Fruit Garden.  It is just one of the ways we are 'growing' the Pitt County Arboretum.