Welcome! Here’s What’s New…

lea-strand

Lea Strand speaks to the club on the second Tuesday of October. Be there, and bring a friend or neighbor.

The next regular meeting of the Garden Club is Tuesday October 11. The featured speaker is Lea Strand, who will share her gardening knowledge and enthusiasm with her presentation, “Bulbs and Pollinators. As a beekeeper and Master Gardener, Lea can enlighten us about attracting pollinating birds, bees and insects to our spaces, creating a more beautiful and healthy gardens. Meet and Greet begins at 12:30 at Town Hall. Guests are invited, and you don’t even have to live in River Bend or know someone to join!

You can become a Master Gardener! Craven County Extension Service is offering the 40-hour course starting September 23. You’ll take 14 classes over 3 months time, mornings from 9 til noon, most  of them on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Cost of the course is just $40. There may be an additional $40 textbook charge. Advantages: You’ll learn how to be a more successful gardener based on the latest research from NC State. You’ll learn how to solve the specific challenges of gardening in our area. You’ll connect with other people passionate about gardening. You’ll have ample opportunities to continue learning and to help others become good growers. It’s fun, and you’ll earn an impressive name tag badge when you’re done!  You can learn more details at http://www.ncstategardening.org/extension_master_gardener/statewide/be or by emailing Craven Extension Director Tom Glasgow at tom_glasgow@ncsu.edu.

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Succulents, water plants, shrubs, ferns, orchids, herbs…you name it. There’s something for everyone at the still-in-business Pinecone Perennials.

Pinecone Perennials announced that it has been purchased locally and will continue to serve our gardening needs. Wendy and Rob will stay to manage the business and grow those plants we love. The friendly and ever-so-helpful staff remains as well. Who the mystery buyer is has not been made public, but we thank that person or persons! Reason to celebrate…and an excuse to Buy More Plants!

How Tweet it is! River Bend Garden Club now has a Twitter account. You can follow us and stay up-to-the minute with gardening news, tips, photos, and other surprises. Search Twitter using a hashtag #RiverBendGardenClub or #WeMeetMonthly.  Who said we were just a bunch of old ladies in gardening clogs? You do need to have a Twitter account to follow along.

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A row of vinca plants on the western border of the Memorial Garden. It’s rare to see a drift of vinca this lush.

Our Memorial Garden at Town Hall always has plants in bloom, especially at this time of year. It’s a good idea to stroll the garden whenever you’re in the neighborhood because there’s always something new there. Right now the deep pink knockout rose is still going strong and butterfly bushes are coming into prime season. Gerbers and roses are still flowering, and annuals like begonias and marigolds brighten the borders.

Club membership is now higher than it has been in the past decade or longer. The roster now totals 90 people. Bring a friend or neighbor to a meeting and encourage her to join. Let’s plan a celebration when we reach 100 members!

“Like us on Facebook.” You hear that all the time. You can get friendly reminders of River Bend Garden Club’s upcoming activities and other pass along info by Liking us on Facebook. If you want a lively feed of local gardening facts and fun stuff, click Facebook’s “thumbs up” at some of New Bern’s other garden groups while you’re there. Learn to be a better gardener at the Craven Extension Master Gardeners Volunteers’ page. See what the gardeners are doing over in Fairfield Harbour here. Check out what’s happening at the New Bern Garden Club here, and the Trent Woods Garden Club here.

Tap into the local experts. Do you have gardening questions? Need info on soil testing? Wondering what vegetables or ornamentals to plant when and where? Curious about lawn maintenance, weed control, or pruning? Got fire ants or cabbage worms? Advice is available! Every second Saturday Craven County’s Master Gardeners are stationed at their booth at the New Bern Farmers Market to answer your questions. They’re there from 8 a.m. til 2 p.m.

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