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Monthly chrysanthemum meeting and Kerr Lake gardening symposium

The Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society meets at noon on the third Monday of each month at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.
The Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society meets at noon on the third Monday of each month at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Learn about chrysanthemums at monthly meetings

The Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society meets at noon on the third Monday of each month at the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. Visitors are welcome.

Here is the upcoming schedule:

March 21: Preparing for propagation, choice of propagation pots and needed tools.

April 18: Types of mum culture, propagation and labeling.

May 16: Potting soils, potting-up, staking, fertilizers and watering.

June 20: Determining laterals, methods of support, watering and pest control.

July 18: Stopping plants, fertilizing, pests and shading.

Aug. 15: Managing lateral growth, pests and top dressing.

Sept. 19: Disbudding, pests, filling out show cards.

For more information, contact President Joan Matthews: ccmumsociety@gmail.com.

The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.

JC Raulston exhibit opening at N.C State library

The N.C. State University Libraries will host a lecture March 18 to mark the opening of an exhibit documenting J.C. Raulston’s life.

The exhibit, “Plan – and Plant for a Better World: J.C. Raulston and the North Carolina State University Arboretum,” will run until January at the D.H. Hill Library Gallery.

Based on the biography “Chlorophyll in His Veins,” by Raleigh garden writer Bobby J. Ward, the exhibit tells Raulston’s story from his Oklahoma childhood through two decades at the university during which he developed what would become the arboretum that was later named for him.

The exhibit draws upon Raulston’s archive of travel notebooks, lecture notes, ephemera and correspondence, as well as a collection of more than 88,000 color slides. The university libraries, which houses Raulston’s letters in its special collections research center, has produced an 80-page, full-color catalog to accompany the exhibit.

The late Raulston was the energetic plantsman and N.C. State University professor who helped create the university’s arboretum. He died in 1996 in a car crash at age 56.

At 6 p.m. March 18, Richard T. Olsen, one of Raulston’s former students and director of the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., will give an opening lecture at the Poole College of Management’s Nelson Hall, 2801 Founders Drive. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Info: lib.ncsu.edu/event/friends-library-spring-meeting

Reminder: Kerr Lake gardening symposium is March 19

The Kerr Lake Extension Master Gardeners are hosting a symposium, “Backyard Gardening: Big Ideas for Smaller Gardens,” on March 19.

The event is 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Vance County Regional Farmers Market, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson.

The speakers include Extension Master Gardener state coordinator Lisa Sanderson on “Good Eats From a Small Spot: Growing Vegetables in Containers”; landscape designer and artist Preston Montague on “Slim and Trim: Plant Selections for Smaller Spaces”; and N.C. State University researcher Christine Bradish on “Small Fruits for Home Gardeners.”

The keynote speaker will be N.C. State University professor Will Hooker on “Permaculture: A Sustainable Living Methodology for the Home, Garden and Community.”

The symposium will be followed by an optional workshop from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on how to create your own personal miniature garden.

For information or to register, call 252-438-8188 or email kerrlakemg@gmail.com.

Cost: $25 for the morning session with lunch or $45 for the morning session, lunch and workshop.

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