2022 – 2023 General Meetings


September 2022 – May 2023

Meetings are usually the 4th Tuesday of the month.

Time: 11:00 am


Tuesday, September 27, 2022

“Fall Coffee and Reunion”

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:00 pm  Meeting Ends

This year our kickoff meeting will be a time to celebrate.  After 2 years of isolation, we’re in the mood to enjoy a reunion and look forward to the next Club year.  This first meeting will be our traditional Fall Coffee with sweet and savory refreshments.  We’ll preview what’s in store for our annual events, and a shortened business meeting will follow.


Tuesday, October 25, 2022

“Landscapes that Save the World: The Importance of Biodiversity in the Garden”

Bryce Lane

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

Often, gardeners don’t focus on how important it is to promote a well-balanced ecosystem in their home landscapes. BRYCE will show us why it’s important to create a biodiverse garden, and how to achieve it.

BRYCE LANE spent 34 years teaching and advising over 20,000 students at the Dept. of Horticultural Science at NC State University. Retiring in 2014, he still teaches part-time. For eleven seasons, he hosted and produced the three-time Emmy award-winning UNC TV show, “In the Garden with Bryce Lane.”


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

“Holiday Floral Arranging”

Bess Treadwell

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

Join us for a fresh, fresh look at holiday decorating. BESS will explore fresh ideas with fresh flowers to enhance your home during the holidays. As a special bonus, two lucky raffle winners will each take an arrangement home!

BESS TREADWELL is a Nationally Accredited Master flower show judge, and has exhibited in flower shows across the country. She has exhibited extensively, including at Disney’s Epcot Flower and Garden Show, and at Art in Bloom at the NC Museum of Art. She is also the Design Chair of the Raleigh Garden Club.


Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Holiday Tea:

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

Celebrate the season at our annual Holiday Tea. Savor our “favorite recipe” sweets and savories, admire floral arrangements made by club members, staged throughout  Debbie’s home. Make merry with your fellow lovers of all things green.


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

“Sustainable Gardening”

Helen Yoest

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

Once you learn the tenets of Sustainable Gardening, you’ll wonder what took you so long
to implement them. Once you understand the benefits of this approach, you will want to begin right away. HELEN will show you the way!

HELEN YOEST is the founder of Bee Better Naturally, a non-profit education foundation in Raleigh, dedicated to teaching sustainable garden design. She is an author, award-winning freelance garden writer, and national speaker.


Tuesday, February 28, 2023

“Residential Garden Design for Plant Diversity”

Tony Avent

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

Biodiversity and garden aesthetics can go hand in hand. The key is a wide selection of plants,
healthy soil, and an understanding of colors, textures and forms. Broaden your horizons by discovering the unlimited selection of plants currently available in the landscape market.

TONY AVENT is a renowned nurseryman, plant collector and breeder, as well as an author and national speaker. He co-founded Plant Delights Nursery and Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a 10-acre demonstration garden with over 27,000 unique plants. Image courtesy of Plant Delights Nursery.


Tuesday, March 28, 2023

“Planting for Pollinators: Annuals, Perennials and Grasses”

Jason Holmes

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

JASON will clue us into the best plants to attract pollinators. Flowers and grasses provide food as well as habitat and protection for the pollinators we want to attract to our gardens. Learn about the large array of beautiful options to create a pollinator-friendly space.

JASON HOLMES is the Curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens. Jason enjoys welcoming visitors to share the beautiful spaces he and his team have created and maintain.

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.


Tuesday, April 25, 2023

“Ask the Master Gardners”

Lorraine Tuck & a panel of Master Gardeners

10:30 am  Social Time
11:00 am  Meeting Begins
12:30 pm  Meeting Ends

Our very own LORRAINE TUCK will lead a panel of Master Gardeners who will answer your burning gardening questions! The combined expertise of this panel will make this a meeting you do not want to miss. We will solicit questions in advance and also entertain questions from the floor.

A former teacher and principal, LORRAINE always incorporated gardening and horticulture into her curriculum. As an active Orange County Master Gardener, she enjoys sharing knowledge and useful techniques with other gardeners.


Tuesday, May 23, 2023  (rain date – TBD)

Spring Picnic

At the home of Sara Gourley

We’ll celebrate spring in a beautiful, historic secluded setting. Bring a guest to stroll with you across a sweeping lawn, shaded under 30 oak trees. We’ll savor a special menu and explore how Sara is reimagining her century-old landscape in the Rocky Ridge Farm/Laurel Hill Historic District