Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Our late fall/early winter selection for our What's in Bloom display focuses more on foliage than blooms.  But there is still much beauty in the gardens.  Here are this week's picks:

CPP Area (left to right)
1.   Berberis thunbergia ‘Aurea’  (Golden Barberry)
2.      Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea  (Redleaf Barberry)
3.      Camellia sasanqua  (Sansanqua camellia)
4.       Ilex gabra (Inkberry holly)
5.       Ilex vomitoria ‘Pendula’ (Weeping yaupon holly)

6.       Osmanthus fragrans  (Fragrant tea olive)
Children’s Garden
7.       Ampelaster carolinianus (Climbing aster)
8.       Lonicera sempervirens (Trumpet honeysuckle)
 Mixed Border
9.       Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’  (Rough goldenrod)
 Small Fruits
10.   Vaccinium corymbosum ‘O’Neal’ (Southern highbush blueberry)
Photos by T. McDaniel

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Last year's class
Wreath Making Workshop

Pitt County Master Gardener Volunteers will help you create a wreath made from a variety of greenery they have clipped from our Arboretum’s shrubs & trees.

10:00 AM – Noon
1:00 – 3:00 PM

Pitt County Agricultural Center
403 Government Circle, Suite 2
Greenville, NC  27834

$10 fee (must be paid in advance to hold spot)
Cash or Check Payable to Pitt County Mutual Exchange

Call 252-902-1709 to sign up and arrange payment.
Each class is limited to first 15 people paid in full.

Bring a pair of clippers and gloves to trim greenery on your wreath.  Master Gardeners will collect the cuttings from the trees and shrubs before the workshop begins.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Our Small Fruits Garden has a new addition.  The curators decided to build a special raised bed for our strawberries.  A big thank you to them and their family members that helped.  We are fortunate to have our 'honorary' MGV's who pitch in when asked. 
The advantages of growing plants in a raised bed are found in this Extension article:  RAISED BED GARDENING.
To start your own strawberry patch, check this out:  STRAWBERRIES IN THE HOME GARDEN.

Photos by K. Previll

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


There were many busy Master Gardener Volunteer hands at the Arboretum yesterday.  Here are pictures of a few of the workers.   From picking the last of the radishes, raking leaves, collecting fallen branches and sticks, weeding, trimming errant hollies, watering in new plantings, and lots of discussions the morning hours passed quickly.

If you are looking for some garden inspiration, you will find links to all of North Carolina's Public Gardens HERE.