Wednesday, August 16, 2017

CLICK ON RED HIGHLIGHTED WORDS IN POSTS TO VIEW LINK. 

NCSU has been updating their website.  Most of our links go to their researched information.
Therefore, some of our older links no longer work.  We are working on fixing outdated links as we become aware of them and apologize if you are led to a defunct site.

JOE PYE WEED

Meet Joe Pye.  This is our Eutrochium purpureum (formerly Eupatorium purpureum) growing in our Wildflower Garden next the cistern pump.  With the tag of 'Weed' added to the name, it may seem like an undesirable plant to deliberately put in your garden.  However, the butterflies and bumblebees greatly appreciate this late summer/fall blooming perennial.  If you look closely at the picture you will see a bumblebee collecting pollen.  You will find other Joe Pye Weeds in our Plants for Wet Sites, Perennial Border, and the Herb Garden.  This attests to its adaptabilty and easy care attributes.  Read here for more about growing this great pollinator garden must have:

And if you want to read the back story of 
"Who was Joe Pye?"  CLICK HERE

Friday, August 11, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

Our much needed rain has reinvigorated the gardens at the Arboretum.  Except for the vegetables and containers, the plants that are established do not get supplemental water during a dry spell.  It is a true test of survival.  These are some of the plants that are of interest this week:


HERB GARDEN:
1. Ocimum basilicum Red Rubin Basil
4. Allium tuberosum Garlic Chives
5. Lavandula angustifolia Lavender
BUTTERFLY GARDEN:
2. Echinacea purpurea Purple Coneflower
PERENNIAL GARDEN:
3. Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb' Threadleaf Tickseed
9. Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage
CHILDREN'S GARDEN:
6.  Rudbeckia hirta Black-eyed Susan
10. Lagerstroemia sp. Crepe Myrtle Tree
PLANTS FOR WET SITES:
7.  Tradescantia pallida 'Pale Puma' Wandering Jew
SMALL FRUITS:
8.  Diospyros kaki 'Fuyu' Japanese Persimmon

Photos by M. Endres







Tuesday, August 8, 2017

FALL WEBWORMS

Have you seen this in the ends of branches on your trees?


In late July and August, the second (or third) generation of fall webworms has hatched and this protective web keeps predators out while the webworms feed inside.  Large trees are usually not harmed by this feeding, but smaller trees might be.  A good way to get rid of them is to poke the web open with a stick exposing the webworms to their predators:  birds, wasps, and hornets.   You don't need to light it on fire as some people may suggest.
READ MORE HERE: WEBWORMS

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

MASTER GARDENERS at FARMERS' MARKET

Bring your gardening and turf questions to the Leroy James Farmers' Market at 4560 County Home Road in Greenville.
Pitt County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be there to answer your questions, distribute soil sample boxes, and happily tell you about upcoming events at the Arboretum.

8:00 - 11:30 AM
Saturday, August 5th.

Friday, July 28, 2017

WATERING IN A DRY SPELL

We are not in a drought situation.  It's just been awhile since we have had significant rainfall.  It might be time to add some supplemental water.  You can follow these guidelines for watering in a drought as they apply for times like this as well.

CLICK HERE:  DROUGHT TIPS


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

BECOME AN EXTENSION MASTER GARDENER

A new class will be beginning August 15, 2017.  Deadline to apply is fast approaching - July 25th!  Click on this link for all the information:




EGGPLANT

 We are growing two types of eggplant in the Vegetable Garden at the Arboretum.  Eggplant love hot weather and these are producing a bunch of fruit (which is donated to local food banks).  Check out this publication for more growing information (NOTE:  It talks about growing it by the acre, but the care facts are still the same for growing it in your home garden!)

 


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

JULY GARDEN MAINTENANCE

Hemerocalis 'Hal's Pink' Daylily

Gardeners can never rest!  This link will take you to a blog to follow for Southeastern gardeners.   The writer has listed some chores to keep you busy this month.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

TOMATO PROBLEMS

You might be picking some beautiful tomatoes from your garden about now.  Or you might be puzzled by a plant that is seemingly healthy one day, and wilted the next. What could be wrong?  This is what happened to 2 of our plants in the Arboretum's Vegetable Garden.  You can see (at the right) it is loaded with fruit, but the foliage is dying.  If you are having problems, check out this link with descriptions and pictures of common tomato problems. The list may seem long and daunting, but prevention and treatment information is also given.  And all is good when you bite into that homegrown tomato sandwich!






Saturday, July 1, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

 This is a small sampling of what you will see at the Arboretum this week.  Take some time during the long holiday weekend to come out and see all the rest!  There is plenty of shade and several benches throughout the Arboretum.  The building will be closed on July 4th.


1. (Butterfly Garden) Cielo estrellado  'Winston Churchill' Daisy
2. (Perennial Border) Rudbeckia fulgida 'Goldstrum' Black-eyed Susan
3. (Perennial Border) Echinacea 'Sunrise' Big Sky Coneflower
4. (Butterfly Garden) Lantana camara 'Miss Huff'
5. (Herb Garden) Cymbopogon flexuosus East Indian Lemon Grass
6. (CPP Area) Hibiscus syriacus Rose of Sharon
7. (CPP Area) Berberis thunbergii var. atropurpurea Redleaf Barberry
8. (CPP Area) Berberis thunbergii 'Aurea' Japanese Barberry
9. (Butterfly) Eupatorium dupium 'Baby Joe' Dwarf Joe Pye Weed
10. (Wet Site) Tradiscantia pallida 'Pale Plum' Wandering Joe

Photos by H. Wilson

Monday, June 19, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

BLACKBERRIES

The thornless blackberries we are growing in the Small Fruit section at the Arboretum are showing several stages of growth.  From just flowering, newly formed berries, and ripening berries, we will have an extended picking season.  Blackberries grow well in our area.  Their relative, raspberries, do not do as well.  You can read why at the link:  GROWING RASPBERRIES IN NC. 

So, maybe you want to try blackberries.  This publication has some information for commercial growers, but it also gives valuable growing details for the home gardener:  GROWING BLACKBERRIES IN NC.

*NOTE:  Our fruit and vegetables grown at the Arboretum are donated to local food banks.

Friday, June 9, 2017

HERB SPIRAL

Our Herb Spiral has begun to fill in.
These were planted in the spiral:
*Oregano, ‘Aureum Gold’, Origanum vulgare
*Vietnamese Cilantro, Persicaria odorato
*Catmint, Nepeta mussinil
* Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalis
*Winter Savory, Satureja montana
*Wooly thyme, Thymus pseudolahuginosus
*Golden thyme, Thymus vulgarismo
*Curry plant, Helichrysum italicum




Around the spiral, these were planted:
Chamomile
Lambs’ ears, Stachys byzantine
Green Santolina, Santolina rosmarinifolia
Sweet marjoram, origanum majorana
Texas sage, Salvia de Texas
Nicotiana, ‘Perfume White’ and multi-colored

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ASK A MASTER GARDENER

Several Master Gardeners will be at the Leroy James Farmer's Market (4560 County Home Road in Greenville) this Saturday, June 3rd from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  Bring your gardening questions, pick up soil test boxes, get free cosmos seeds, and find out what is new at the Arboretum.

Cosmos sulphureus

Monday, May 29, 2017

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

 The Summer Edition of the Extension Gardener is ready for you.
READ IT BY CLICKING HERE

Sunday, May 21, 2017

THANK YOU

Thank you to all who came out for the Plant Sale.  All proceeds are used to enhance the Arboretum and fund our public outreach programs.  It was a hot, sunny day and the plants moved fast.  Next year's sale is already on the calendar:  The Saturday after Mother's Day.

If you have questions about the plants you just purchased, call the Master Gardener Hotline 252-902-1705.  On Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday someone will be there to answer the call from 10:00 AM to Noon.  At other times, leave a message and they will return your call when they are back in the office.  You also can email a question to pittcomgv@gmail.com.

Remember to keep your new plants watered until they are established (even if they are labeled drought tolerant).

Friday, May 19, 2017

PLANT SALE TOMORROW!

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Hope to see all of you at the Pitt County Arboretum tomorrow.  9 AM if you are a Friend of the Arboretum (Join at the gate).  10 AM to Noon for everyone else.  The Master Gardeners have worked hard over the past months to get ready for you.  The plants look great.  The weather forecast is promising (although we go rain or shine).  Bring your cash or your checkbooks.  You are sure to find the perfect plants for your garden at fabulous prices.  Also, there will be a bunch of Master Gardeners and Eric, our Extension Agent, to answer your questions.



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NATIVE PLANTS at the PLANT SALE

Once again we will be featuring Native Plants for sale at the Plant Sale.    Why plant natives?

More Wildlife - Would you like to have more birds and butterflies in your backyard?  Native animals are best adapted to native plants for food and cover, so a well-planned landscape of native plants can help you attract more wildlife to your property. 
Low Maintenance - Plants native to an area are well suited to the local soils and climate, and require relatively little upkeep once established on an appropriate site.
Avoid Invasive Exotics - The spread of invasive, exotic plants poses a threat to native plants and animals around the world.  You can do your part to slow down these threats in your area.

You can read more by clicking here:  GOING NATIVE.

 Painted Lady Butterfly on Echinacea purpurea



Sunday, May 14, 2017

PLANT SALE PLANTS FOR MONARCHS

Once again we will be selling Asclepias (Milkweed or Butterfly Weed) for our Monarchs.  This is the host plant for the monarch.  They will lay their eggs only on this plant.  When the eggs hatch, the new caterpillar will eat the leaves.  Don't worry, though.  The plant should regrow and return the next year.  The Monarch butterfly will get nectar from a variety of flowers.  We will have many flowering plants that attract all butterflies:  Asters, Bee Balm, Joe Pye Weed, Black-Eyed Susans, Daylilies, and Coreopsis to name a few.


Click BUTTERFLY GARDENS for tips on creating your own butterfly sanctuary.

MAY 20, 2017 - PLANT SALE
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Open for Friends of the Arboretum (Join that day)
10:00 AM-Noon Open to the Public
11:00 AM PLANT SWAP (Bring a plant, garden tool, books, containers, etc.  you want to trade with other gardeners)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

PLANT SALE NEWS

We are finalizing our plant lists for you!  If you have been before, you will see some of our tried and true favorites.  If you have been before, you will find some new plants we have not offered before.  We are just hoping the weather forecast holds out.  However, the sale goes on rain or shine.

In addition to our flowering plants, trees, shrubs, and vines we will have some tomato and pepper plants ready to plant in your garden.  As usual, we will also have herbs.

If you haven't signed up to join or renew your Friends of the Arboretum Membership, you will be able to join on the day of the sale.  Come a little earlier to fill out the necessary form.

A PREVIOUS YEAR'S SALE

Sunday, May 7, 2017

CURRENT NEWSLETTER

Have you read the Spring Edition?
Click below to read about some of these topics:
  • Less toxic insecticides
  • Selecting blueberries
  • Becoming a beekeeper
  • Crape myrtle bark scale
  • Tips for herbicide use
  • Vegetable crop rotation


Saturday, May 6, 2017

PITT COUNTY FARMERS MARKET


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MASTER GARDENER VOLUNTEERS
will be at the Farmers Market today from
8:00 AM - 11:30 AM
4560 County Home Road, Greenville
Bring your gardening questions and/or stop by their table for some free seeds.

Friday, May 5, 2017

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS

WHAT'S IN BLOOM THIS WEEK AT THE ARBORETUM:



ROSE GARDEN
1) Rosa WEKfrancoly 'In the Mood' Hybrid Tea Rose
2) Rosa grandiflora 'Hot Climate' Rose
MIXED BORDER
3) Ligustrum japonica (Japanese Privet)
CHILDREN'S GARDEN
4) Consolida ajacia (Giant Larkspur)
5) Amsonia hubrechtii (Arkansas Blue Star)
PERENNIAL BORDER
6) Echnacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
HERB GARDEN
7) Lavandula stroechas (Spanish Lavender)
8) Spiraea japonica (Japanese Spirea)
BUTTERFLY GARDEN
9)  Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian verbena)
10) Achillea 'Moonshine' (Yarrow)
Photos by M. Endres

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WHAT'S IN BLOOM

The rain this week did it's job of perking up the Arboretum's plants.  Here is a sample of what you can see in our gardens.



HERB GARDEN     1) Rosemary officininalis
                                  7) Lavandula stroechas (Spanish Lavender)
                                  8) Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)
PERENNIAL BORDER   2) Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)
                                           9) Nepeta x faassenii 'Six Hills Giant' (Catmint)
WILDFLOWER GARDEN     3) Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)
BUTTERFLY GARDEN    4) Philadelphus x virginalis 'Natchez' (Mock Orange)
                                             5) Verbena bonariensis (Brazilian verbena)
                                             6) Feniculum vulgare 'Prupureum' (Bronze Fennel)
                                           10) Achillea 'Moonshine' (Yarrow)
Photos by M. Endres


Friday, April 21, 2017

ONE MONTH UNTIL OUR PLANT SALE

All the plants are potted up and being cared for by the Master Gardeners.  We will have another good selection of easy to grow plants waiting for you on May 20th.

Here are some plants that are in bloom at the Arboretum this week.  Some of them may be available for sale on the 20th.






1. Camelia japonica
2. Baptisia alba (White Wild Indigo)
3. Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander)
4. Erigeon puchellus 'Lynnehaven Carpet'
5. Baptisia x 'Carolina Moonlight'
6. Dianthus caryophyllus (Border Carnation)
7. Lavandula stroechus (Spanish Lavender)
8. Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)
9. Nepeta faassenii 'Six Hills Giant'  (Catmint)
10. Phlox pilosa (Downy Phlox)
Photos by M. Endres

Saturday, April 15, 2017

AZALEAS

Even though some buds were nipped by a snap of cold weather, the flowering azaleas have put on a good show.  If yours is done flowering and you want to reduce its size, after it finishes blooming is the time to prune.  Here is an article with pruning tips:

All is not rosy with azaleas, though.  They have many diseases and insect problems to look out for.  Here are two sources to help you take care of your azaleas:
AZALEA DISEASES          AZALEA PESTS


Azaleas by the Herb Garden at Arboretum
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Sunday, April 2, 2017

VEGETABLE GARDEN WORKSHOP

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THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH
10:00 am - Noon

Come out to the Pitt County Arboretum to learn tips for growing a successful garden
and participate in hands-on demonstrations of planting vegetables.

Bring gloves and garden tools to dig right in!

FREE, but call to register.
252-902-1709

Workshop will be led by Extension Agent, Eric Derstine,
and Master Gardener Volunteers.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

PLANT SALE UPDATE

A recent workday at the Arboretum found Master Gardener Volunteers digging up plants to divide and pot up for our May 20th Plant Sale.  Also included is the all important task of correctly labeling all the plants before they are sent off to our Holding Area.  They will be tended to over the next weeks as they establish some healthy roots.  We are looking to have a nice variety of plants again this year.  Last year we had over 3,000 plants for sale and our goal is to meet and exceed that number!

You can find some tips here:  DIVIDING PERENNIALS

Photos by R. Davis

Thursday, March 23, 2017

SPRING CHORES FOR SPRING FLOWERING BULBS

Have your daffodils, hyacinths, and crocus finished blooming?  The only thing you need to do is to cut off the faded flower head.  Leave the leaves, though.  This is where the plant gets its energy to store up food for next year's blooms.  Don't braid them either.  Just let them fade to yellow and then remove them.  If you noticed that you had fewer blooms this year, it may be time to divide the bulbs.  Once the foliage has turned yellow, you can dig the bulbs up and replant immediately or store in a cool, dry place over the summer for replanting in the fall.  Here's an article with more information:

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

LATE WINTER COLOR IN THE GARDEN

Yes, it's cold.  But you can always find something to admire at the Arboretum:
Foliage, bulbs, flowering trees, early blooming perennials.

3Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’  (Large Cup Daffodil)
         and Akebia quinata (Chocolate Vine) from the Childen's Garden

4.  Nandina domestica ‘Seika'  Obsession Nandina from the  Memorial Garden



8.  Verbena canadensis  'Homestead Purple' Verbena (trailing)  from the Butterfly Garden

9.  Osmanthus heterophyllus  (Holly Tree Olive)  from the CPP area

10.  Cereis chinensis ‘Avondale’  (Chinese Redbud) from the Butterfly Garden

Photos by H. Wilson


Monday, March 6, 2017

PRUNING 101 WORKSHOP

MARCH 11th
Saturday
10:00 AM - NOON

PITT COUNTY AGRICULTURAL CENTER
403 GOVERNMENT CIRCLE, GREENVILLE

Join Eric Derstine and the Pitt County Master Gardeners to learn about the different tools used for pruning, how to use them, and how to keep them maintained.  Pruning demonstrations will be done throughout the Arboretum.

Call 252-902-1705 to register.
  FREE!  




Friday, March 3, 2017

WILDFLOWER OF THE YEAR

Eutrochium fistulosum
It's time to get your free seeds from the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. who co-sponsor the North Carolina Wildflower of the Year program. Their aim is to promote an attractive plant that is native to the southeastern United States.
To receive a brochure and seeds of the current North Carolina Wildflower of the Year send a self-addressed, stamped business-letter envelope to:
2017 NCWFOY
North Carolina Botanical Garden
Campus Box 3375, UNC-CH
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375


Read more about Eutrochium fistulosum (Hollow-stem Joe Pye Weed) by clicking HERE.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MASTER GARDENERS AT HOME & LIVING EXPO

Stop by their booth to get your garden questions answered and find out what is new at the Pitt County Arboretum.
Saturday, March 4th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
at the Greenville Convention Center

Clock here for more information about the EXPO

Monday, February 20, 2017

HERB SPIRAL

Our Herb Garden has taken a new twist (groan).  We now have an herb spiral in the center circle.  Several Master Gardener constructed this last week.  All that is left to do is to select and plant the herbs.  A spiral design is an efficient use of vertical and horizontal space.  It naturally creates a dry zone (top) and a wetter zone (bottom).  The stones used will retain heat gathered during the day to help insulate the plants at night.   Check this out for instructions on making your own:  

Photo by E. Derstine

Thank you to Master Gardener, Dorita B., owner of Raindrop Ridge Farm, for donating the herbs and her expertise for the Herb Garden.  You may visit the farm's Facebook page by CLICKING HERE.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY

"We can complain because
rose bushes have thorns,
or rejoice because
thorn bushes have roses."
                  Attributed to
              Abraham Lincoln


Thursday, February 9, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - MAY 20, 2017 PLANT SALE

This is our first posting for our annual plant sale.  The sale is months away, but Master Gardeners are already busy working on making it great!  The sale is from 10:00 AM to Noon, Saturday, May 20.  If you are a Friend of the Arboretum, you will get in at 9:00 AM to shop before the general public.  Not a Friend?  Print out this application and mail it in now.  Your card will be mailed to you.  Becoming a Friend also gives you these benefits:
Prior Year Plant Sale

Carolina Seasons Nursery: 10% reg. priced items
CD Rouse & Co.: 10% hardware, lawn & garden
      supplies (not equipment, parts, or service)
Little’s Nursery: 10% reg. priced trees & shrubs
Terra Ceia Farms:  10% items purchased at store
     or ordered online at www.terraceiafarms.com

Friday, February 3, 2017

LOOKING FOR A GARDENING BOOK?



Check out the
Sheppard Memorial Library Used Book Sale
at the
Greenville Convention Center

They usually have a large selection of gardening books available.
Click here for more info:


Thursday, February 2, 2017

THANK YOU

We had a sell out crowd of enthusiastic gardeners last Saturday to hear Tony Avent speak.  Thank you to all who came out.  Thank you to our sponsors.  Thank you to the vendors.  Thank you to the Master Gardener Volunteers who organized the event and brought home made goodies.

Photos by R. Davis



Friday, January 27, 2017

TONY AVENT SPEAKING AT PITT COUNTY ARBORETUM

UPDATE: TICKETS SOLD OUT! 
Only a few tickets remain! Pick yours up at the Ag Center (403 Government Circle) or Wild Birds Unlimited (518 Greenville Blvd. SE).  $20 or $15 if you are a Friend of the Arboretum. If any tickets are left they will be $30 at the door.

Doors open at 9:00 AM Saturday to give you an opportunity to visit local garden related vendor booths and have some homemade breakfast treats and coffee.  The program begins at 10:00 AM.