2021 – 2022 General Meetings

September 2021 – June 2022

“Rebuild, Relaunch and Renew”

Meetings are usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Time: 10:00 am


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Fall Reunion and Committee Fair:   ZOOM meeting

  9:30 am  Social Time & Troubleshooting Zoom
10:00 am  Program begins
11:00 am  Club Business

Bringing Gardens to People in Crisis, Educating Future Gardeners: How the Chapel Hill Garden Club Serves our Community

In the spirit of the September Committee Fair, this month’s program will focus on our Community Service projects.  We serve the community with a variety of projects that support vulnerable populations, and our largest project is designed to educate and encourage the next generation of gardeners.  Committee Chair Sarah Kingan and members of the Committee will update us on our projects in Chapel Hill: the Estes Hill Elementary School Pollinator Garden, Freedom House, Habitat for Humanity home gardens, Ronald McDonald House Garden, and the Wonder Connection.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

The Why, When & How of Garden Soil Prep:  ZOOM meeting

Mart Bumgarner

MART will introduce why soil should be tested for specific plant needs. How to read a soil report and how to follow up on that information will also be covered.

As Orange County’s Crops and Horticulture agent, MART BUMGARNER assists farmers/OC residents with crop issues, farm pond issues, weed i.d., plant, disease and insect info. He earned his BS in General Agriculture from Tennessee Technical University.

  9:30 am  Social Time & Troubleshooting Zoom
10:00 am  Program begins
11:00 am  Club Business

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

JC Raulston Arboretum: Past, Present & Future:  ZOOM meeting

Mark Weathington

JCRA marks its 45th anniversary in 2021. The JCRA is a global leader in research and education on plants adapted to the Piedmont. Join MARK as he looks back at JCRA’S beginning and shares the future vision for this unique institution.

  9:30 am  Social Time & Troubleshooting Zoom
10:00 am  Program begins
11:00 am  Club Business

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Holiday Tea:

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm,  At the home of Debbie West CANCELLED

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Planting A Welcoming Southern Garden: ZOOM meeting

Amy Strunk

A beautiful landscape always says welcome here in the South. Learn some strategies to create an inviting space with trees, shrubs and perennials that will provide structure, color and year round interest in your own garden.

Our speaker will be CHGC member AMY STRUNK, Landscape Designer. Amy was born in Miami, FL and whisked away to Africa at 8 weeks old. She had an amazing opportunity to engage with plants and nature from a young age. A few years Stateside and then another stint overseas this time in Southeast Asia re-captivated my love of all things outdoors and encouraged me to pursue a job at a local nursery when we moved back to Virginia, and the rest they say, is history! Earning a Communication degree from The College of Charleston in SC only pushed my love of beautiful spaces and unique gardens further. After 18 years at the same wonderful place (Merrifield Garden Center) and completing a dual masters program in Landscape Design and Sustainable Landscapes at The George Washington University, we moved to NC and I opened my own design–build firm. I have been so grateful for wonderful growing conditions and even better clients!

  9:45 am   Joining Meeting & Troubleshooting Zoom
10:00 am   Program begins
11:00 am   Club Business

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Pollinator & Native Plants for Zone 7b – Planting A Welcoming Southern Garden: ZOOM meeting

Danesha Seth Carley, PhD

Esteemed local landscape designer, DR. CARLEY will introduce pollinator and native plants that are best for Zone 7b and will show how to design and create sustainable habitats for these plants.

DR. CARLEY has a PhD in Plant Pathology and Crop Science from NC State. She is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Horticultural Science and Director for the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management.

  9:45 am  Joining Meeting & Troubleshooting Zoom
10:00 am  Program begins
11:00 am  Club Business

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Container Gardening

Linda Bell

LINDA will not try to change your own style or taste of container gardens as she believes these reflect you. She will discuss the nuts and bolts of how to plant container gardens.

Her presentation will include pictures of container gardens from all over the world. This will be followed later in the planting season with a hands-on workshop for which you can sign up. There you will be able to design your own container garden with Linda by your side.

LINDA BELL grew up on a cotton farm in Mississippi. She says she was born with dirt in her veins. She studied Horticulture at Mississippi State. She has been a Landscape Designer for years. Many of you may know her from her Habitat for Humanity landscape projects.

  9:30 am  Gather outside Reeves Auditorium for social time.
10:00 am  Meeting begins.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

What’s Bugging You?  Pests & Pesticides

Ryan Adams

RYAN will identify common garden pests and discuss chemical and non-chemical pesticides that can be used to eliminate them.

RYAN ADAMS is an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Extension Associate at NC State.  He has an M.S. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida.

 9:30 am   MUG UP!  It is March and that means the Garden Club is celebrating by holding our annual Mug  Up For Spring. Having a “mug up” is an old Irish custom which is an invitation to “come friend, sit down and enjoy a Mug on me”.  In our case it’s a move to fill the auditorium with Spring flowers.

                  Gail Norwood will sign copies of: Escape from Grief Prison
                          (available at Amazon & Barnes & Noble online)
10:15 am   Meeting Opens with Welcome & Announcements
11:15 am   Business Meeting
12:30 pm   Lunch at Tandem – 200 N Greensboro St #1a, Carrboro, NC 27510 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022  (rain date – Thursday, May 12, 2022)

Spring Picnic

At the home of Heather Havrilesky

4207 Oak Hill Rd., Chapel Hill 27514
Note: Rain date May 12, 4:30 pm

The Chapel Hill Garden Club Spring Picnic will be at Heather’s Home, formally The Unique Plant, also known as The Currier Garden, which was one of the gardens featured on the 2018 Chapel Hill Garden Club Tour.

This year the Picnic will be a casual and fun event at the cocktail hour. Snack, sip sangria, and stroll the gorgeous grounds, then gather at 5:30 for special recognitions, 2 surprise awards, and announcement of the Hat Contest Winners!

Food Assignments:
All food must be table-ready finger food requiring no utensils. Plan to carry in and carry out your serving plate. There will be no kitchen access.
MEMBERS – bring your favorite appetizers.
BOARD MEMBERS – bring desserts, also finger food style.
BYO wine, cocktails, or soft drinks. White Sangria provided by our host, Heather Havrilesky. Iced Tea and water.
We urge you to carpool as close parking is limited. Parking will be along a long circular drive. Overflow parking on the street.
· There will be a drop off spot for food, where you can drop off food before parking.
· There is a drop off spot for those with limited mobility.
· Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore as you follow the pathways.
· 2 handicapped spaces will be reserved.
Budget constraints limit us to Club members and guests interested in membership.
Hat Contest: A Chapel Hill Garden Club tradition
Wear your prettiest, whimsical, or fun hat. There will be prizes! Our Host, Heather Havrilesky, has donated copies of her latest book, Foreverland.
A 3.5 acre private botanical garden, developed over 2 decades by Joanne Currier, owner, Unique Plant nursey, also known as The Currier Garden, which was one of the gardens featured on the 2018 Chapel Hill Garden Club Tour, featured this garden, distinguished for its collection of 130 Japanese maples.
Our Host:
Heather Havrilesky is an American author, essayist, and humorist. She writes the advice column “Ask Polly” for Substack. She is the author of Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir, the advice book How to Be a Person in the World, and the essay collection What If This Were Enough? published by Anchor Books. (Available for purchase, at Anchor Books, Penguin Random House, and Amazon.)

Volunteers Welcome! Call or text Debbie at (919) 451-5272

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

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.

  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