Wednesday, February 26, 2014


This Saturday, March 1st come to the Greenville Convention Center from
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for Homefest 2014.  Bring your gardening questions to the Master Gardeners' Booth which will be set up in the center of all the vendors. 
At 11:00 AM Danny Lauderdale, our Extension Agent, will take the stage
to let you in on "The 10 Secrets to Garden Success".  

Click here for a little more detail about HOMEFEST 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014


Most of the plants in our Wildflower Garden are native to our area.  We started this garden to showcase an alternative to lawns.  As winter is winding down (we hope), the wildflower seeds from last year's blooms are beginning to germinate and other perennials have begun to green up.  This is one garden that has a very different look as we move through each season.  Stop by to read the educational sign highlighting plants that take us from early spring into summer.

If you would like to start your own wildflower garden, a good first step is to send a stamped, self-addressed business envelope to:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Campus Box 3375, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375

They will send you a seed packet of the 2014 North Carolina Wildflower of the Year:  Scutellaria incana var. punctata (Hoary skullcap)

Click here to read more about the Wildflower Program and this plant:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014


We have a number of resident birds that stay in our area year round.  Watching their activities is a pleasant way to spend a cold, snowy day.  Putting up a feeder is one way to attract them to your backyard.   Another way to lure them is to plant a variety of native plants that provide the food and cover they need not only in the winter, but through all seasons.  Where to start?  Take a look at this publication for guidance:

Photo by Pam Mastin
Many of the plants mentioned in this publication can be seen at the Arboretum.  Self-guided tours can be taken 7 days a week from dawn to dusk.  Call our Hotline at 902-1705 for any gardening questions you may have.

Friday, February 7, 2014


February 11, 2014
10 AM - Noon
Pitt County Arboretum

The workshop is free, but please call to register 902-1709.

Join Danny Lauderdale, Extension Agent, and
Jack Overton, Master Gardener Volunteer,
 for expert advice on pruning techniques.
They will begin the day in the auditorium, but then move
 outside for hands-on demonstrations.