A vision: Eagles Island as a regional central park
There are plans for Eagles Island to be preserved as a "central park" for our region.
Admin office open weekdays from 10am-2pm. The Plant Clinic and Gift Shop are closed at this time. The Arboretum is a unique, 7-acre park with FREE admission, in the heart of New Hanover County where homeowners can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary! The Arboretum is open to the public and is FREE!
A vision: Eagles Island as a regional central park
There are plans for Eagles Island to be preserved as a "central park" for our region.
Volunteer Opportunity for this Saturday, Nov 21st 9am-Noon
🌲 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY! 🌲
Tree planting this weekend at Greenfield Lake Park with The Alliance for Cape Fear Trees!
Saturday Nov 21, 9am-Noon.
Register here: http://ow.ly/2hPq50CnnM4
Eating seasonally provides more nutrition and flavor, reduces your carbon footprint, and benefits the local economy - supports local farmers/markets. For generations, in season eating was the norm before the advent of big grocery stores. Eat healthy this Fall and buy what is in season.
With a new month comes new produce to harvest! Check out this list of fruits and vegetables that are currently in season. #whatsinseason
NC Cooperative Extension, New Hanover County was honored to partner with the other organizations and want to thank everyone who participated, dropping off their pumpkins, helping to divert this waste from the landfill.
A rare visitor to NC.
Zebra Longwing- Florida state butterfly
NCDHHS guidance for Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping
NCDHHS released guidance for Thanksgiving celebrations and Black Friday shopping to help North Carolinians gauge the risks, protect their friends and loved ones, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Share this information with friends and family to help keep them safe! #StayStrongNC
Nobody wants uninvited house guests this winter.
As temperatures begin to drop again, a few insect invaders might choose to take shelter in your warm, cozy home. Be prepared with these tips from NC State University Plant Disease and Insect Clinic Director Matt Bertone: http://ncst.at/ZXr330rjXCF
Help provide for wildlife habitat by delaying cleanup of fall landscape
As we enter our end of year landscape season, let’s flip that question around to think about what brown can do for other creatures in our ecosystem.
Watch as former Fisher-Price Toys illustrator Janice Castiglione explains her passion for watercolors. Janice is one of nearly a hundred local area artists whose work is for sale at www.artinthearboretum.com. She is also an instructor at the Cameron Art Museum. Art in the Arboretum is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Because of the pandemic it's online this year and will run until December 17. Find some great Christmas gifts. Here's a link to her video https://youtu.be/baQZbShWmhA
New Hanover County 4-H
New Hanover County Parks & Gardens
Even when you are outside, it’s important to wear a mask if you are within 6 feet of someone else. Help protect yourself, your family and your friends while using your county parks! #NHCparks #NHCgov
What a talented young lady. Maybe in a few years she will showcase her art on www.artinthearboretum.com
Fun facts: Wild turkeys can fly and they roost in trees at night.
It's time to recognize another talented young artist in our state. Amanda (aka Mia) Wallace is a kindergarten student at Chicod School in Pitt County and is our NC Farm to School calendar winner for the month of November. Check out this great Thanksgiving piece. Congratulations and great job! #NCAgriculture
With all the 'good' food over the holidays it's easy to overindulge and gain a pound or more. Most Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season and few lose them in the Spring so this year sign up for the Holiday Challenge and Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain!
Maintain, Don’t Gain This Holiday Season This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey. Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it might not sound like much, most people never manage to lose those extra pounds.You are invited to join t...
Our offices will be closed but the gardens will remain open from 8am-5pm for your enjoyment.
Reminder: #NHCgov offices will be closed this Wednesday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
NC State Extension
As the days get shorter it can be harder to find time to get outside with your family. Get them into the garden with the Grow Box, an NC State University program that sends hands-on agriculture projects directly to families so they can explore the world of plants, bugs and soils together.
Beautiful work Tim Schwarz
EXCITING NEWS! .
I have two shows officially set to take place! The first show is by N.C. Cooperative Extension - New Hanover County Center and Arboretum actually an online show for “Art at The Arboretum” typically it’s held over a weekend at the Arboretum in Wilmington. This year it is going to be online with items by me and many others available for purchase through a website. And the second is the “Flea at The BAC” which will be held on site at the Brooklyn Arts Center in December. They are going to be following anything and everything required of them to have it done safely for all the vendors as well as customers. Lots more info coming soon! These are a fee boards I recently made for a video shoot tomorrow for the Arboretum show.
#craftshow #shopsmall #shoplocal #smallbusiness #customfurniture #charcuterieboard #charcuterie #cuttingboard
Art in the Arboretum is live. Shop Now!
The Art Show features nearly 100 artists from around the area showcasing their work in painting, sculpture, watercolor, photography, mixed media, ceramics, jewelry, and quilt making.
We thank you for your continued support of the Arboretum and lthe local art scene during these challenging times.
Largest art show in southeastern North Carolina with more than 100 artists, photographers, and sculptors.
New Hanover County Government, NC
Free admission to Cape Fear Museum and Airlie Gardens is available to households receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits through the Museums For All program, which encourages people of all backgrounds to enjoy cultural attractions. Read more: bit.ly/3eyORSD
Treat your garden and compost those pumpkins or allow us to take care of it for you. Enter from Bradley Drive and follow the arrows. Pumpkins deposited at the Arboretum will be composted or used for livestock feed. Compost bins will be removed from the Arboretum tomorrow at 4pm. Hurry on over!
Did you know that over a billion pumpkins end up in the landfill every year? A reminder to put yours in the green bin when you're done!
Susan Brown, our truly valued consumer horticulture agent, is moving on to a new adventure so we have an opening on our team.
A Bachelor’s degree and academic training in horticulture or a closely-related field is required. A master’s degree in horticulture or a related field is preferred. Knowledge of turf, shrubs and trees adapted to the coastal region of the southeastern United States and typical insect, disease and cultural problems is desirable.
The show opens Friday morning. Along with wonderful art available to purchase you will be able to meet some of the artists
and hear their stories. A portion of all sales go towards supporting the Arboretum and our programs. Take a peek -www.artinthearboretum.com
Are you unsure what to prune and when? Prune for plant health, appearance and for the plants intended purpose: flower, fruit, hedge or shape.
To Prune or Not to Prune, That is the Question
Are you confused about when to prune flowering shrubs and trees? Let’s break this down into 2 important clues:
1. When does this plant usually bloom, and
2. When do the buds set for the following year’s display?
If your plant blooms in spring, the flower buds have usually been set now in the fall on its old growth. So pruning now will eliminate any chance of getting flowers next year. These plants can be pruned right after they have finished blooming next season.
But there are some plants that bloom on new growth, which means that you can prune them now and the plant will happily blossom next season. The following lists were prepared by Steve Bender, Southern Living’s “Grumpy Gardener,” and will simplify this dilemma.
DO NOT PRUNE IN THE FALL:
2. Flowering cherry, peach, plum, pear, crabapple
6. Oakleaf Hydrangea
8. Saucer or Star Magnolia
PRUNE THESE PLANTS NOW (they set buds on new growth):
1. Angel’s Trumpet
2. ‘Annabelle’, ‘Limelight’, and PG Hydrangea
3. Butterfly Bush
4. Cape Plumbago
5. Chaste Tree
6. Crepe Myrtle (severe pruning is called “Crepe Murder”)
8. Golden Rain Tree
10. ‘Knockout’ and most shrub roses
So there you have it!
Art in the Arboretum 2020 - Virtual
Last week we recorded a video of several our our artists with some of their work for Art in the Arboretum 2020 on the grounds of the Arboretum. Broadcast journalist, author, and artist Chuck Whitlock did the narration. Our very talented Arboretum administrator, Roben Jarrett, did the video editing. Our online store at www.artinthearboretum.com goes live at 6:30 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 6. Watch a preview of the show on this video. https://youtu.be/8o_zNQM0YEE
Some days are peaceful and others hectic but the NHC Arboretum gardens are a great place to relax and enjoy your lunch or a leisurely stroll. Apply today to join our team. https://humanresources.nhcgov.com/job-opportunities/
Nearly 400 photos by 105 photographers of all ages. Beautiful images.
We are a free, public garden affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.
Love this environmentally friendly alternative to the landfill. Let’s continue to keep pumpkins out of the trash. Dispose of them at the Arboretum through Friday. Compost bins located in the parking area are available 24hrs a day.
Starts today and runs through Friday. Enter the Arboretum from Bradley Dr. and follow the arrows.
If you were wondering what to do with your left over pumpkins after Halloween, consider dropping them off at the Arboretum where they can serve another purpose.
Nov 1st-6th drop off your pumpkins at the Arboretum where they will be sorted to become animal feed for local farms or compost to help build soil health. Please share this post and let's keep pumpkins out of the landfill.
The Coastal Composting Council is holding a Pumpkin Collection Event in partnership with the Wilmington Compost Company and the Arboretum.
Jay DeChesere is participating in our virtual Art in the Arboretum show and online store along with nearly 100 other artists. Visit the store starting on Nov. 1 at www.artinthearboretum.com. Art will go on sale on Nov. 6. Purchases support the artists and a share goes to the Arboretum to support programs and the grounds.
Jay DeChesere, a native of Kentucky, has always been interested in art, however he practiced architecture from 1970 until 2020.
Since seriously beginning to paint 5 years ago he has been juried into over 22 shows, has received 17 awards on local and state levels and has had work selected for two major art publications as well as others locally. He has gained Signature Membership in the Watercolor Society of North Carolina and the Pastel Society of North Carolina.
His watercolor, pastel and pen and ink work includes figurative, nautical, architectural, landscape and wildlife. He feels that “It is important for a painting to express an emotion through its subject, composition and mood”.
His greatest inspiration has come from the diverse styles of artists such as Mary Whyte, Dawn Emerson, Alain Picard, Joseph Zbukvic, Dean Mitchell and Liz Haywood-Sullivan.
Take a tour of his 1,000 square foot studio.
A welcome surprise popped up next to the blue mistflower. Not native but o so pretty!
This year's poinsettia sale is online! Please support the Ability Garden programming and their work in the community by purchasing these beautiful plants. They are grown in Lousianna by a family owned nursey that grow for Walt Disney World and the quality in unbeatable. Deadline for all orders is Nov 3rd.
With Christmas not too far off, take this opportunity to pre-order your red, pink and white poinsettias, from the Ability Garden.
The pre-order deadline is Nov.3rd. You can order your poinsettias online @ abilitygarden.org then pick them up on Saturday, Dec. 5th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remove the invasive weeds but leave the native plants (sometimes commonly referred to as weeds) for the insects that need them.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fortune of the Republic, 1878.
Wildflower or Weed? Posted on May 20, 2019 (May 31, 2019) by Damon Waitt by Heather Summer, NCBG Collections Manager I once read that the only difference between a wildflower and a weed is our perspective. Anyone who has noticed a sea of pale purple as they pass a roadside patch of lyre-leaf sage or...
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Gardens open daily from 8am-5pm and admission is free. The Arboretum is a unique, 7-acre park, in the heart of New Hanover County where homeowners can see the variety of plants that grow in our coastal area as well as emerging trends in plant material. Cooperative Extension’s “horticulture laboratory”, the Arboretum has a very knowledgeable staff and many volunteers working to make the gardens beautiful and educational. Come out and discover what makes us so extraordinary! The Arboretum is open to the public and is FREE!