Join staff of the Botanical Gardens for an informative stroll through the delights of the Susie Harwood Garden. There is so much to appreciate in a southern garden in winter – bright berries, bark textures, evergreen structures, and magically fragrant flowers. Come enjoy this overlooked season, learn about some plants to add to your own winter garden, and choose from a prime selection of winter plants for sale. Free and open to the public. Tours begin at 1pm & 2pm with an optional slideshow prior to the garden walk at the McMillan Greenhouse. Plant sale is from 1pm-4pm. Cash and checks accepted. Parking lot adjacent to greenhouse will be open for this special event.
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Come see our garden exhibit at the 2014 Southern Spring Show. Our exhibit [ #G9 ] is entitled Re-Discover the Botanical Gardens. This year’s theme is Recycle, Reuse and Re-purpose. Rethink waste. At this year’s show you will discover and see hundreds of examples of how old things can become new again. Enjoy the hunt. You are sure to get great ideas to use in your home or garden. Don’t miss hearing our director, Dr Larry Mellichamp, speak on Feb 28th at 12:30 pm at the Garden Stage. Hours each weekend:
Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-8pm, Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Charlotte/Mecklenburg area will be experiencing unusually cold weather over the next couple of weeks. If you are researching the cold limits of your ornamental plant species, notice that cold hardiness may be indicated by USDA zone.
Charlotte/Mecklenburg is in USDA zone 7b on the “cool side” of USDA zone 8a, so if your research indicates your plant tolerates temperatures only to zone 9 or 10, then you must bring these indoors or use other cold protection methods. If indicated as hardy to zone 8 then minimal protection will help prevent damage. We will try to share some tips via our Facebook page plus you may visit other links we recommend like:
If you don’t subscribe to our alerts (you may sign-up for our email newsletter at the bottom of the page), then you may want to read the following additional guidelines that the botanical gardens staff has compiled:
As with all gardening endeavors there is no one answer – considering the variety of plants we grow (and the variety of gardeners!) However, here are a few guidelines to help you make your own plans for the next few nights. While these measures do not change the cold temperatures, the protection from windchill can be significant.
Containers – Bring them into the garage or other protected area. Temperatures below 15 degrees can be damaging to plant roots and crowns in containers as they freeze much more quickly than plants in the ground.
Small, newly planted shrubs & zone 7/8 perennials – Be sure roots (& crowns of perennials) are well-mulched (3-4″). Cover newly-planted (this fall) small shrubs with frost cloth, old blankets, burlap, or large nursery pots. Do not use clear plastic, as it will heat up too much in the sun.
Broadleaf evergreen shrubs – Cold winds can be quite damaging to broad evergreen foliage. Consider covering small camellias, daphne, young rhododendron or evergreen azaleas.
Watch out for frost heaving – The freezing and thawing of wet soil (our situation right now) can actually “unplant” newly planted annuals, perennials, and even small woodies. After the cold spell is over, be sure to check through your garden areas and “re-plant” anything that was pushed up by the frost heaving.
Don’t forget to drain - all hoses, rainbarrels, small fountains, quick connectors, y-valves.
What about the birds? Give them liquid water each day and check your feeders.
Registration has begun for 2014 courses are filling-up fast. Please spread the word around to your acquaintances, gardening neighbors and colleagues, so that they have an opportunity to sign up before it is too late. Basic Botany in January 2014 is already full at the time of this posting.
Read more at: Winter and Spring Class Schedule 2014
To sign up contact: Esther Carrasco
Certificate in Native Plant Studies, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
McMillan Greenhouse, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223