Visit the Japanese Tea House at Duke Gardens

Duke Gardens Asiatic Arboretum is home to a traditional Japanese Tea House.  Charles Murphy takes a tour of it with its curator Paul Jones.  Paul explains how it was built and the similarities it has to the tobacco barn in the Brody Discovery Garden. Find out how you can participate in tea gatherings in the garden.

 

KEY POINTS

  • Duke Gardens offers tea gatherings on a regular basis
  • You may schedule private tea gatherings for small groups

RESOURCES

  • Duke Gardens
  •  Calendar of Events

 

 

 

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Fall Lawn care

Lush green grass growing throughout the year is a challenge in the Piedmont.  Most gardeners select either cool-season or warm-season grasses for their lawns.  Charles Murphy brings us helpful tips for managing your turf and reasons for considering both types of grass.  Find out which one is right for you.

Resources

  • Lawn Care Guide
  • Tips for your lawn

 

 

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Last Days of Summer

Sumer will soon draw to a close and now is a good time to begin planting your fall garden.  Learn how to add wildflowers and figs to your landscape.  We’ll also take you on a tour of a couple of places to visit as the weather cools down —the Japanese Tea House at Duke Gardens and the Mason Farm Biological Reserve.  And finally, find out what to do with all those leaves that will soon be falling.

 

 

RESOURCES

  • 2015 North Carolina Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association conference – September 21-22, Cary, NC
  • Welcome WPVM 103.7 FM listeners in Asheville, NC on Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM
  •  Duke Gardens – Japanese Tea House
  • Wildflowers to Feed a Bee
  • NC Botanical Garden – Mason Farm Biological Reserve
  • What to do with all those figs?
  • Gardening Chores for September

 

 

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Changes Coming to the Asiatic Arboretum

The Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens is undergoing an expansion.  Charles Murphy gets a preview tour from its curator, Paul Jones and discovers some ancient secretes are there to be discovered.  Find out what is waiting for you at Duke Gardens.

Resources

  • Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, NC

 

 

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August – In the Heat of Summer

This month we take you on a tour of the Dig It exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and continue our tour the Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens by visiting the new expansion area.  You’ll also learn how to extend your vegetable growing season with a second sowing and how to keep cut flowers fresh indoors.  You’ll meet the Ginkgo tree and learn how to keep your tomatoes upright.

 

 

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Can Moss Grow on a Rolling Stone?

DESCRIPTION

Charles Murphy visits Duke Garden’s Astatic Arboretum —a collection of woody ornamental plants.  Paul Jones, the arboretum’s curator, introduces Charles to some of the arboretum’s highlights.  In this segment, they visit the moss garden.

KEY POINTS

  • An arboretum is a collection of woody plants
  • Southeast Asia has similar climate zones to our region and many Asiatic plants can do well here
  • Mosses can grow between grow up to a foot a year given the right conditions

RESOURCES

  • Duke Gardens
  • William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum
  • Oregon State University – Encouraging Mosses

 

 

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July – Summertime Fun

This month we will get to know the Live Oak tree, learn about Biochar, and how to protect our gardens using Integrated Pest Management strategies.  Also, Charles Murphy begins a series introducing us to the Asiatic Arboretum at Duke Gardens and Lise Jenkins begins a series about growing flowers.

 

 

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