Gardeners of Wake County Monthly Meeting "Soil: Skin of the Earth"& SEED SWAP

Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Ruby McSwain building at the JC Raulston Arboretum except in October and December. Visitors are always welcome.


7:00 PM REFRESHMENTS: Snacks & cold drinks are provided


"Soil: Skin of the Earth" Dr. David Crouse will speak at the regular Gardeners of Wake County meeting Tuesday March 19 at J.C Raulston Arboretum. Professor Crouse is with the North Carolina State University Horticulture Department.

There will be a seed swap after the featured speaker. From 7 to 7:30 PM, Tables will be available to spread out everyone's offerings. Small Plastic bags & markers will be provided. Come with a list of what you need/want! Plan to stay a bit later to sort thru the available seeds.

As always, folks will bring "Bragging Rights" plants to share with others, with first choice going to our esteemed visitors at the meeting end.

Directions to JC Raulston Arboretum

From the Raleigh 440 beltline, take the Hillsborough St. exit and turn West on Hillsborough St. going toward the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
Turn left on Blue Ridge Rd., cross the railroad tracks, and take an
immediate left onto Beryl Rd.
The Arboretum entrance is on the right shortly after Pylon Drive.

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  • Gabrielle M.

    What a great introduction to your group! Very interesting topic and enjoyed meeting people, and of course, the seeds and plants. I'll definately attend again!

    1 · March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    enjoyed Dr. Crouse's presentation... and thankful he didn't use too many big words! also grateful for everyone who brought in seeds to share... thanks!

    March 20, 2013

  • Catherine D

    Interesting program and enjoyable visiting with friends.

    March 19, 2013

  • Will & D.

    Donna & Will just pruned their Mar's Seedless Grape Arbor, planted 27 vines & 19 Mar SWAP, will bring about 100 ready to plant vine segments.
    Last season we planted 53 & twelve have grown to a point they can be transplanted soon. Some grew from a pencil thickness to a 3/4 inch diameter & 6 ft long side vines in one year.
    Our 3 Year Old vine produced 50 # of tasty red seedless grapes!

    3 · March 12, 2013

    • Will & D.

      You are about 30 miles from our place in Granville Co. We will save you 10 cuttings & they are in no hurry to get planted! We can arrange to meet somewhere, sometime. No need to swap, as we give these away every Winter after prunin time. We do have some sprouted vines from last year that haven't been spoken for.

      1 · March 13, 2013

    • Evangeline R.

      Oh this is great! Thank you so much Donna! I'll be in touch about arranging how to get them. :)

      March 14, 2013

  • Evangeline R.

    Sure would love to attend, but my son and I just started an Archery class that meets on Tuesdays during the same time. Will any handouts be available?

    March 13, 2013

  • Will & D.

    On my B'Day, 5 Mar, we planted 24 Tomato varieties, about 400 seeds, under our grow-lite in our basement.
    On 12 Mar we had over 3 dozen sprouts that could be available for adoption if anyone has a window that would welcome a struggling seedling! As it warms up, more will sprout, as we did not spring for a seed bed heater.

    2 · March 13, 2013

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