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Craven County Agricultural Extension Agent Mike Carroll is just one of the experts who teach the Master Gardener course.

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!

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Debutante Camellia from Monrovia

Love Camellias but not sure about what it takes to grow those gorgeous flowers on equally gorgeous shrubs? Why not join the Camellia Club? It meets the second Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. right here in River Bend at Town Hall. There’s always a speaker and refreshments. Guests are welcome. Note: the club does not meet the months of November, December, June, July and August.

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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Preserve your hydrangea blossoms to help the Club! Any color hydrangeas are fine.

Request for hydrangea blossoms! Nearly every gardener is noticing that 2016 has been a wonderful year for hydrangeas. Do you have some growing in your yard? If so, plan to dry some of the flowers. The Garden Club will be creating 18 floral arrangements for this year’s Interfaith Refugee Ministry dinner on October 1. A few members have taken on this project in past years and their efforts are always appreciated. You can help keep floral costs down by following these simple instructions for preserving hydrangea blooms, and then saving your dried flowers for the October event.  See member Phyllis Hoffman for details.

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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. Hostas 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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