Sunday, August 30, 2015


Join the Master Gardeners

Thursday, September 3rd

10:00 AM

Free Walking Tour of the Pitt County Arboretum

This month's tour will include a demonstration on dividing daylilies.  As we approach Fall there are many plants of interest to see.   Come out and get ideas for your own garden.  Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and begin under the Shelter in front of the Ag Center
(403 Government Circle in Greenville).

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Here are some plants of interest this week at the Arboretum.

Photos by A. Riggs

 1 - Amsonia hubrechtii Arkansas Blue Star  (Perennial Border)
 2 - Hylotelphium 'Herbstfreude' Autumn Joy Stonecrop (Perennial Border)
 3 - Gaillardia aristata Blanket Flower  (Wildflower Garden)
 4 - Gaura lindhiemeri (Wildflower Garden)
 5 - Solensostemon scuttellariode 'Coleosaurus' (Annual Coleus from Container)
 6 - Abellia x grandiflora 'Little Richard' (Butterfly Garden)
 7 - Taxus sp  Japanese Yew (CPP Area)
 8 - Buddleia davidii Butterfly Bush (CPP Area)
 9- Magnolia grandiflora Southern Magnolia (CPP Area)
10 - Osmanthus heterophyllus Holly Tea Olive (CPP Area)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Video by D. Grimes
Thanks to Master Gardener Doug for sharing this video of a bucket of hatching bagworms he gathered at a recent Arboretum Work Day.  Can we say a collective "Ewwww!"?    For a more constructive suggestion:  Click here to learn more about their life cycle and control measures - BAGWORMS

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Ziziphus jujube
In our Small Fruit Garden at the Arboretum, you will find this tree with a good sized crop of ripening fruits.  While it is an unusual plant to grow in this area, it is doing just fine.  Are you familiar with this fruit?
Excerpt from  JUJUBE: Chinese Date  "Jujube fruit is recognized as a nutritious food and important traditional medicine in China, Korea,Japan, and Southeast Asia. Jujubes are richer in vitamin C, sugar, bioflavonoids, edible cellulose, and minerals than other fruit species. Soluble solids content ranges from 20 to 40% in fresh mature fruit.  Carbohydrate content in dried jujubes can reach as high as 70 to 85%. Fresh jujube fruit contains 200 to 500 mg of vitamin C per 100 g fresh weight, while apple, pear, and peach have 1 to 8 mg/100 g fresh weight. Jujubes are also rich in cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), which is an important “second messenger” in many biological processes in the human body."

Click on the highlighted text above for more information on how to grow the jujube fruit.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


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Everyone is invited to attend this year's NC Master Gardener Convention September 21-22 in Cary, NC.  You will be able to meet and talk with Master Gardeners and take in sessions about Native Gardening, Attracting Pollinators, Composting, Vermicomposting, Natural Remedies to Garden Problems and more.  Detailed information and registration forms can be found by clicking here:  2015 NCMGV Conference

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Our Muscadine Grapes in the Small Fruit Area of the Arboretum are starting to ripen.  These grapes grow well in our area.  Picking time is late summer.  Planting time is early spring.  Perhaps you want to prepare a spot in your garden so you can pick your own.  Click here for more about:  MUSCADINES IN THE HOME GARDEN

This is a sample of What's In Bloom at the Arboretum this week:

Photos by A. Laliotes
#1  Russian Sage     Perovskia atriplicifolia    (Perennial Border)
#2  Black & Blue Sage   Salvia guarantica      (Children's Garden)
#3  Yarrow              Achillea 'Coronation Gold'  (Children's Garden)
#4  Blanket Flower   Gaillardia aristata          (Wildflowers)
#5  Glossy Abelia     Abelia x grandiflora        ( CPP #1)

#6  Muscadine grape   Vitis rotundifolia 'Hunt'   (Small Fruits)
#7  Rose of Sharon      Hibiscus syriacus           (CPP #2)
#8  Threadleaf Coreopsis  Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'  (Butterfly Garden)
#9  Colorado Blue Spruce   Picea pungens        (CPP #5)

Monday, August 3, 2015


Master Gardeners will be leading a
FREE TOUR of the
Pitt County Arboretum (MAP)
Thursday, August 6th
Starting at 9:00 AM
Meet under the Shelter in front of the Ag Center.  Tours last about 1 1/2 hours and are given rain or shine!  Come out and learn about which plants will do well in the shady areas of your garden.