Monday, June 19, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017


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


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:
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


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