The Chapel Hill Garden Club
General Meeting
Tuesday, May 31, 2022

 Reeves Auditorium at the NC Botanical Garden
(Reeves Auditorium is located in Building A of the NC Botanical Garden’s Education Center)

Everyone, please plan to bring a brown bag lunch and stay after the meeting for lunch together in the Botanical Garden’s courtyard outside the Auditorium. Perishables can be stored in the kitchen during the meeting. Drinks are available in the Gift Shop or bring your own.


  9:30 am  Meet and Greet
10:00 am  Meeting Opens with Welcomes & Announcements
10:15 am  Speaker Presention “Shade Gardens”
11:15 am  Business Meeting
……………..Approval of 2022-2023 Budget
……………..Installation of Officers
12:30 pm  Brown bag Lunch in the NCBC Courtyard

Covid precautions:  Please wear your mask inside the Auditorium unless you are speaking at the podium. Although UNC relaxed its mandates on March 7, remember that a great many members have elevated risk and need us all to continue precautions. Physical distancing will be available.

Zoom Option?:  At the May meeting, Zoom won’t be available.

Beginning with our September meeting, we will be able to have a “hybrid” meeting: in-person with Zoom optional.

Shade Gardens

Frances & Bill Harris


Frances and Bill Harris have turned a half-acre square grass lawn into a woodland garden oasis in the heart of Hillsborough. There were a lot of decisions to make along the way and lessons learned. Ultimately, the garden came together with a balanced mix of native and non-native understory trees, shrubs, and ground covers, including bits of lawn. Today, it is a peaceful, restorative place for her family and friends to gather or find solitude.

Frances and Bill have been gardening for 5 years in Hillsborough. Frances has always been interested in gardening and through her travels gained an appreciation of different garden styles and plants. She began her “Master Gardener Volunteer career” in Prince William County, VA. She and Bill both trained and continue to volunteer in the Orange County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Their garden is an extension of her home which means another room to decorate with the added excitement of dealing with all of the unknowns of weather, insects, and the plants themselves. Being a part of the NC Extension Master Gardener volunteer program gives them access to a wide variety of learning opportunities and the science that continues to evolve in the area of horticulture.” Frances is also a member of the Hillsborough Garden Club. Bill is a retired Marine Corps officer and Frances was the Executive Director of a human services non-profit in No. VA.



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