2018 – 2019 General Meetings



The Chapel Hill Garden Club meeting dates for the year: September 2018 – May 2019

Meetings: Usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Time: 9:30 am: Meet and Greet coffee
10:00 am – 11:00 : Program
11:00 am – Noon: Business Meeting

Location: Reeves Auditorium, Visitor Education Center, North Carolina Botanical Garden

October 2, 2018
Fall Coffee: A preview of upcoming events and our traditional Friendship Bouquet

A time to get acquainted with and sign up to participate in our club’s activities. Members contribute flowers and greenery to our traditional Friendship Bouquet created by Bitty Holton.

Barbara Clare and Maggie Conger

October 30, 2018
Marie Butler:  Container Gardening.  Fall is the Time to Go to Pot

From the horticulture greenhouses and design studios at NC State to the wilds of the Virginia Zoo, Marie has harvested practical gardening techniques. She escaped from the zoo after 19% years in captivity. Marie thinks it is time to expand your horticultural horizons. Fall container plantings can blend riotous or single colors, celebrate the season, and feed body as well as soul.

Welcome to the cool world of gardening—all in a flower pot.

Marie Butler

November 27, 2018
Jim Martin: Floral Design

Join Jim Martin, horticulturist, flower farmer and floral designer as he explores a new world where dowels and yard can be transformed into artistic compositions made especially for flowers.

Re-imagine tablescapes with a new eye and a creative edge.  Consider unlikely components as the building blocks to letting your own ideas take you to a new floral realm.

Jim Martin

December 11, 2018
Holiday Tea: At the home of Maggie Conger from 2 – 4 pm (This is the only meeting that is for members only.)

Mark the holiday season by mingling with garden club friends at the annual Holiday Tea. Fresh floral designs by garden club members will adorn Maggie’s home.

January 29, 2019
Jeremy Schmidt: Crevice Gardening

Jeremy Schmidt is the Research and Grounds Supervisor at Plant Delights. He has stacked more than 100 tons of stone, building beautiful rock features designed with crevice plantings in mind.

This unique perspective has led him to diverge from traditional gardening to a more efficient approach to planning and design based on healthy, “mostly” organic soil and ease of maintenance.

Jeremy Schmidt

February 26, 2019
Preston Montague: Approaches to Gardening with Foundation Plants

Making design decisions in the landscape can be a frustrating challenge. Preston will demonstrate some of his approaches to designing with plants that can help demystify the process of making decisions about “which plant, where, and how many?”

He will show us planting strategies developed from various residential and commercial projects.

Preston Montague

March 26, 2019
Cathy Lindsay:
Sustainable Gardening

Cathy Lindsey is the owner and principal designer of Lindsey Landscape & Design, Inc, located in the Triangle. Today she will be talking about creating and maintaining sustainable gardens in our challenging climate. This combines two popular topics of sustainability and adapting to changes in our climate.

The presentation will have real life examples with solutions to help create “easy care” gardens that will contribute to healthier landscapes while avoiding some common problems.

Cathy Lindsey

April 30, 2019
Adrienne Roethling: The Perennial Border

Adrienne is the Director of Curation and Mission delivery at Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden in Kernersville  N.C., home of an award-winning perennial border garden.

She will discuss the concept of the perennial border, which began in England. Gardeners there use permanent plants with interesting color, texture and form in order to eliminate the use of annuals. With this in mind, one can find herbaceous perennials that require little maintenance, offer multiple season appeal and flower for a longer period of time to plant here in our gardens

Adrienne Roethling

May 21, 2019
Jeff Baldwin: All About Orchids

Jeff Baldwin has a B.S. from NC State University School of Forestry and has been growing orchids commercially for 25 years at Orchid Gallery in Pittsboro, N.C.

Jeff will talk about how to use your eyes when growing healthy orchids—growing orchids on the right side of the brain if you will. He will cover different growing habits, blooming cycles, repotting techniques and ailments.

Jeff Baldwin

June 11, 2019
Spring Picnic: At the Home of Gail Norwood

Come celebrate spring in Gail’s Williamsburg-inspired garden. Adorn yourself with a fanciful hat, visit with friends and savor delicious salads and sweets.

Gail Norwood’s Garden