Welcome! Here’s What’s New…

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In December, the Memorial Garden gets some extra sparkle. Even in winter, it’s never completely asleep. 

What’s flowering in the Memorial Garden? Well, not boatloads of blooms right now, but the garden does look as charming as ever. Especially when the sun goes down and the Christmas lights around Town Hall blink on. Icicle lights frame the gazebo that centers the Memorial Garden. The gazebo is also decorated with two electrified wreaths and a garland around the wooden sign that identifies the garden as a Garden Club project. The largest Japanese maple is strung with small, multi-colored bulbs. The old-fashioned rose bush that is front and center in the garden is covered with strands of colored lights.  Because of our unseasonably warm winter, Gerber daisies continue to flower and a few roses are still clinging to life. Garden Club members turned out in force on November 28 to help the Community Appearance Commission decorate for the holidays.

Floral arrangements by members of the Garden Club will greet visitors to 208 New Street in New Bern on Saturday, December 10. That’s the date of the annual holiday homes tour called Holly and Ivy. The New Bern Women’s Club sponsors the tour and Garden Club member Peggi Call, a Women’s Club member, is in charge of flowers for the James W. Biddle home. Tickets are available at Harris Teeter for $15 in advance or for $18 on the day of the tour. Six downtown homes are on the tour, all guaranteed to delight all but the confirmed Scrooge.

It just got a whole lot easier to order your flowering bulbs from our local Master Gardeners Volunteer Association. If you’ve ordered from them in past autumns you know that you needed to get payment to them in person and pick up your pre-ordered bulbs at the Farmers Market weeks later. Not this year. It’s streamlined! Visit their new razzle-dazzle website, click on the varieties you want, click on the “check out with PayPal” button and that lets you then pay by credit card. Your purchase supports Craven  County Master Gardener Volunteer Association projects and services. You have until the end of the year to order, but why wait? You can have all your bulbs planted by then! The bulbs come from Terra Ceia nursery, so you know they are top quality and will naturalize in our climate. Save some shipping charges by ordering with a friend. Why not order Christmas gifts of bulbs and have them sent directly to your lucky friends and family?

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The Club continues to get positive feedback from customers and owners of the businesses in River Bend’s Plantation Plaza for the flowering planter box we installed there this fall. Mums, kale and viola seem to be happy with all the sun and the attention they get from passing motorists!

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 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.

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