Thursday, April 30, 2015


This week in the Gardens you will see:
Photos by M. Endres

Top left to right:
    Amsonia tabermontana 'Blue Star',  Baptisia 'Carolina Moonlight', Phlox,
 Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander), Allium schoenoprasum (Onion Chives)

Bottom left to right:
     Convallaria majalis (Lily of the Valley), Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Bath's Pink',   Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch', Origanum vulgare (Oregano),
Acer palmatum 'Butterfly' (Japanese Maple)

Friday, April 24, 2015


A recent visitor to the Arboretum shared some photos he took in our Wildflower Garden.  He agreed to let us post them.  We are always happy to get photos from others to see what they see.  We are even happier to see the pollinators at work.  Click here for information on  PLANTING FOR POLLINATORS.

Photos by G. Barnette

Saturday, April 11, 2015


One week left to register!  Workshop is FREE, but please call to register
 so we can be prepared for all of you.

Monday, April 20, 2015
10:00 AM - Noon
Pitt County Agricultural Center at 403 Government Circle  (MAP)
Come out to the Arboretum and learn how to grow your own wildflowers.
Hosted by Pitt County Extension Master Gardeners
who will explain the what, why, and where of a successful planting.
CALL 252-902-1709 TO REGISTER.

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Pinus palustris
Master Gardeners recently added a Longleaf Pine to Row 4 of the CPP Collection (Certified Plant Professionals Collection) which is planted with hundreds of other types of trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcover.    It is just a few feet tall, but the mounds of pine straw it may yield are already being dreamt about!

Read more about this pine HERE.

P.S.  It is surrounded by more of our 'Ice Follies' Daffodils.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


 1.  Prunus subhirtella  Weeping Higan Cherry
 2.  Chaenomeles speciosa Flowering Quince
 3.  Kerria japonica Japanese Kerria
 4.  Berberis julianae Wintergreen Barberry
 5.  Viburnum tinum 'Spring Bouquet'
 6.  Phlox subulata 'Candy Stripe'
 7.  Narcissus 'Ice Follies' and Gelsemium sempervirens Carolina Jessamine
 8.  Cercis chinensis Redbud Avondale
 9.  Camellia japonica
10.  Iberis sempervirens Candytuft

Photos by J.Kollar

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Our 'Ice Follies' Project

Last fall the Master Gardeners planted hundreds of daffodils  (Narcissus 'Ice Follies') in all of the gardens. They are blooming beautifully right now and worth a drive to see.  Bring your camera!
This is the bed by the auditorium door.  If you have grown spring flowering bulbs this year, remember to snip the faded flowers off.  Let the remaining foliage fade out on its own over the next several weeks. This is feeding the bulb for next year's flower. Don't braid it or twist it. You can plant annuals around them to hide them a bit.