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Gardeners of Wake County Meeting Nov 20th guest speaker Steve Brown
Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Ruby McSwain building at the JC Raulston Arboretum except in MAY, PICNIC and December's Awards Banquet. Visitors are always welcome. Nov 20th guest speaker Steve Brown November’s Guest Speaker Promotes Winter Garden Interests North Carolina winters may be long and cold but, for gardeners, they never have to be boring. That’s the message November 20th guest speaker Steve Brown brings to the final 2018 Gardeners of Wake County monthly meeting. The Nursery Manager at Raleigh’s Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Brown has been sharing his love of wintertime plants with area gardeners for 18 years. Originally from Baltimore, he’s been gardening since childhood and credits much of his early knowledge and experience to his father--but someone else played a big role in his horticultural education. “My true passion for plants,” he says, “evolved while visiting my Pennsylvania Grandmother who magically grew plants from simple leaf cuttings. Her two large kitchen windows were always packed with unique and colorful Rex begonias and African violets some of which she would give to me to take home and nurture.” Unique and unusual plants became serious objects of Steve’s affection when he moved to Portland Oregon in the early 90’s. There he was introduced to a host of plants that shine in the off-season. He recalls, “that first sight of an understated greenish-pinkish hellebore in full winter glory is what started the affair.” Most cold weather gardeners look to five areas for inspiration: attractive winter bark; colorful or distinctive stems and twigs; winter fruits and berries; ornamental grasses; and cheerful winter flowers. Brown will address those areas but also plans to bring about 25 plants to augment his presentation. When talking about these plants he often cautions “be warned…you will get hooked!” He also plans to provide handouts for relevant issues such as deep resistant plants. “Overall,” says Brown, “my goal is to show local gardeners that a winter garden doesn’t have to be a dull and barren landscape. You can enjoy the beauty of nature all year long.” “be warned…you will get hooked!” He also plans to provide handouts for relevant issues such as deep resistant plants. “Overall,” says Brown, “my goal is to show local gardeners that a winter garden doesn’t have to be a dull and barren landscape. You can enjoy the beauty of nature all year long.” QUESTIONS?? call WILL[masked] Barbra Brown is Membership Chairperson:[masked] See Barbra Brown Membership Chairmanto join & become a member

JC Raulston Arboretum - Ruby McSwain Building

Beryl Road · Raleigh, NC

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The Gardeners of Wake County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide gardening education and horticultural information to our members and the gardening public. Joining the GWC meetup group provides everyone information about the Gardeners of Wake County, Inc,but does not imply membership in the Gardeners of Wake County, Inc. Membership in Gardeners of Wake County, Inc. can be achieved by completing the membership application & paying the membership fee following the information at https://gardenersofwakecounty.weebly.com/uploads/1/1/7/3/117398157/membership.pdf The Gardeners of Wake County, Inc meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Ruby McSwain building at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Rd. in Raleigh, except for the special events held in three months of the year. Each meeting starts with a short business session followed by a horticulture related program. Plants are brought by members and given away as prizes. At 7:00 PM Liquid Refreshments and Snacks are provided by members at each meeting. The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members and visitors to discuss garden problems, exchange ideas about gardening & bring plants to be given away at meeting end. Many of our members are also Master Gardeners. Visitors are always welcome and given first choice of freebie plants.

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