Welcome! Here’s What’s New…
February’s speaker is Dr. Tom Glasgow, Craven County Extension Director. If you read his weekly gardening columns in the Sun Journal, you know that we could not ask for a speaker with more training and experience in local horticulture. His topic is houseplants and indoor gardening, but wherever he speaks he is usually barraged with questions ranging from aphids to zyosia. And he knows the answers. Bring your notepad!
If you plan to start or expand your herb garden this year, start plotting it now. Trent Woods Garden Club has published their leaflet listing the herbs they are selling this year. Their herbs are in 4-inch pots, always well-rooted and healthy. Best thing: the price is still just $3 each. Order before February 18, so you can pick them up at the Farmers Market on April 22. Available are 23 culinary herbs, 16 flowering herbs and 9 medicinal herbs, so go crazy! The leaflets and ordering form will be available at our next Garden Club meeting, February 14.
The winter months are a challenge for our Adopt-A-Plant Committee. When members don’t have plant divisions and cuttings to donate at our general meetings, the table takes on an uninviting look. What to do? Come to the meeting bearing current garden catalogs you won’t need, cuttings from houseplants, gardening books, seeds saved from last year, and even garden-related decor and craft items. For many members, the freebie table is the first stop at meetings, so let’s keep it stocked and interesting!
Master Gardeners teach future generations to garden. If you want to learn the best techniques for getting children excited about growing, plan to attend Craven Extension Service’s Workshop on Saturday, January 21. Entitled “Gardening with Children,” the primary speaker is Ashley Brooks, Craven County’s 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent. It’s a free, 2-hour class beginning at 10 a.m. at the extension offices, 300 Industrial Drive. Seven Craven Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be part of the program, including Garden Club member and past president, Ellen Serra.
Do you have camellias? Do you want to learn about the beautiful “Winter Rose” of the South? The Twin Rivers Camellia Club meets on the third Tuesday of each month from September to May for presentations about growing and caring for camellias. The meetings are held at the River Bend Town hall from 6:30 to 8:30. This month’s meeting will be on Tuesday, January 17, and the presentation will be on camellia hybrids. Refreshments are served, so stop by, have a snack and learn more about these lovely flowers!
Maybe “getting organized” is one of your New Year’s resolutions. If you are cleaning out your garden shed or potting area, you can donate all those plastic flower pots from last summer to the Tryon Palace. The Palace is happy to have your excess pots — all sizes — so they can propagate and transplant the many seedlings they grow. Take your pots to the maintenance area off the Palace’s main parking lot.
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 don’t need to have a Twitter account to read our Tweets and view the photos we Tweet. You can see the Twitter feed at the bottom of this page as well as the posts we add to our Facebook page.
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.