2019 – 2020 General Meetings

Sharing our Garden Knowledge
Rooting for the Future

The Chapel Hill Garden Club meeting dates for the year: September 2019 – June 2020

Meetings: Usually the last Tuesday of the month.

Time: 9:15 am:   Meet and Greet
10:00 am: Program

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


September 24, 2019
Activities & Committee Fair

(Set to the tune of “Meet Me in St. Louis.”)

Join me at the meeting, All, and meet me at the Fair. If you say, “There is no Fair there, “let me set you square. Sign-ups will be on the tables for everyone who;s able.  Sweets and treats, and meet and greet, so meet me at the air!   ~ Betsy Nininger, President CHGC


October 29, 2019
Carlo Balistrieri

What makes certain public gardens so enchanting?  CARLO BALISTRIERI will share his insights on the special riches of public gardens that await the intrepid visitor.

CARLO BALISTRIERI was director of the New York Botanical Garden, Royal Botanical Garden/Canada and Moore Farms Botanical Garden.  He is a professional garden photographer, writer, speaker and lawyer.


November 26, 2019
Suzanne Edney: It’s All Under My Hat: Musings of a Landscape Designer

Esteemed local landscape designer, SUZANNE EDNEY, has recently retired from her business, Landscaping Planning.  Suzanne will show us how she met the needs and dreams of her clients throughout her career.

With HARRIET BELLERJEAU, SUZANNE EDNEY won the 2019 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardeners National Award for Design.


December 10, 2019
Holiday Tea: Home of Gill Roberts from 2 – 4 pm (This is the only meeting that is for members only.)

Join us to kick off the holiday season at our annual Holiday Tea. Fresh floral designs by garden club members will adorn GILL ROBERTS’  home.


January 29, 2020
Betsy Nininger: Not Your Mother’s Leaves: An Arrangement Workshop

Betsy will repeat her runaway success Workshop on Leaf Manipulation.  Our Design Committee will present the event while Betsy leads the workshop.  You’ll have great fun twisting, folding braiding and crinkling  various leaves to use them as the stars of your arrangements.

A National Flower Show Judge, BETSY NININGER has led arrangement workshops for over 15 years.


February 25, 2020
Jason Holmes: New and Underutilized Plants

JASON HOLMES will show us the best way to use often overlooked plants that are well-suited to the Piedmont.  New plant introductions, deer resistant plants and information sourcing plants will also be discussed.

Curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, JASON HOMES oversees the Page-Rollins White Garden, the Spring Woodland Garden and the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.


March 31, 2020
John Dole:
Creating a Home Cut Flower Garden

Flower Expert, JOHN DOLE, will show us how to design a cut flower garden and how to handle the plants after their harvested.

JOHN DOLE is Associated Dean and Director of Academic Programs for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.  He researches the selection, production, and post-harvest handling of cut flowers.  He teaches Physiology of Flowering and has co-authored seven books including two on cut flowers.


April 21, 2020
Tommy Tuck: Bee Attractive

As a beekeeper for 6 years, TOMMY TUCK will enlighten us about the life of honeybees, their role in the hive, and honeybees pollinators.

TOMMY TUCK is a certified beekeeper who is presently completing his journeyman certification through NC State Beekeepers Association. He is a member of the Orange County Beekeepers Association and NC Beekeepers Association.


May 19, 2020
Pam Beck: Change How You Garden

PAM BECK will present ways to rethink our urban landscapes by maintaining healthy plants in sustainable habitats.  Using an holistic approach, Pam will show us how to create gardens that are maintainable, water-wise, nature-friendly and food-producing.

PAM BECK is an award-winning garden writer, lecturer and photographer.


June 2, 2020
Spring Picnic: Home of Connie Perotti

Come celebrate spring in CONNIE PEROTTI’S expansive rural property graced by five acres of gardens.  Adorn yourself with a fanciful hat, visit with friends in bucolic splendor and delicious salads and sweets.