2016-17 General Meetings


The Chapel Hill Garden Club meeting dates for the year:  September 2016 – June 2017

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

September 27, 2016
Fall Coffee: A preview of upcoming events and our traditional Friendship Bouquet

September marks the beginning of our club year. The Fall Coffee is a time to get acquainted with and sign up to participate in the club’s activities.  We’ll share coffee and treats prepared by the Board of Directors as our traditional Friendship Bouquet is created by Bitty Holton. The Friendship Bouquet, made from contributions from our members, will be placed at the Ronald McDonald House or the NCBG for visitors to enjoy. 

Bitty arranges the Friendship Bouquet

Bitty arranges the Friendship Bouquet

October 25, 2016
Amanda Cushman:  Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Amanda Cushman of Simple Real Food Inc. is a culinary educator who has cooked professionally for over thirty years.  Amanda will show us how to store herbs, grow them, and what herbs work well with certain foods.  She will demo a recipe using herbs in Swiss Chard Fritters with Yogurt Sauce.   Amanda’s Cookbook

November 29, 2016
Brie Arthur: Woody Winter Wonderland

Foodscape and Landscape Design correspondent on the PBS TV show, Growing A Greener World, Brie Arthur will reveal her favorite winter woody plants for winter interest.

December 20, 2016
Holiday Tea: At the home of Gill Roberts from 2 – 4 pm  (This is the only meeting that is for members only.)

Kick off the holiday season mingling with your garden club friends and enjoying members’ fresh floral arrangements adorning Gill’s home.

Holiday Tea

Holiday Tea

January 31, 2017
Ben Greene: Mobile Farming

What if you could visit the farm as easily as you visit the grocery store?  Ben Greene’s The Farmery is a unique growing system that brings farming into densely populated urban areas via modified shipping containers.  Producing field-fresh produce in a fraction of the space, Ben’s super-efficient Crop Boxes have the potential to change the way we shop, eat, and feed the hungry.

Ben Greene

Ben Greene


January 31, 2017
Jen & Bill Cure:
Wilding the Suburbs with Native Plants

Jen and Bill Cure, owners of Cure Nursery, Pittsboro, NC, will show how to create dazzling designs with our  native plants.


February  21, 2017
Jason Holmes: Unusual Habits of Plants

From Jason Holmes, Curator at Duke Gardens, we’ll discover some unusual plants and how best to grow them. Bring your mystery plants to this program.  Jason, the plant ID maestro, has never been stumped!

Jason Holmes

Jason Holmes

March 28, 2017
Maggie Smith: Natural Floral Arrangements

Maggie Smith is the owner and founder of Pine State Flowers, Durham, NC, the first NC flower shop to exclusively source locally grown flowers. Maggie will create some natural floral arrangements and talk about the fundamentals of flower arranging, tips for foraging, and the environmental benefits of using locally grown flowers.

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith

April 25, 2017
Marie Butler:
I Have Elephants in my Garden,…

Named Horticulturist of the Year by the Hampton Roads Nursery and Landscape Association, Marie has recently retired as the Landscape Coordinator for the VA Zoo. The challenges of Zoo horticulture can provide practical techniques and tips that can work for gardeners who don’t have elephants in their garden.

Marie Butler

Marie Butler

May 23, 2017
Thomas Rainer: Planting in a Post-Wild World

Washington, D.C. landscape architect and co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World, Thomas will present us a new kind of planting design inspired by plant communities. This approach results in more robust, diverse landscapes that require less maintenance.

June 6, 2017
Spring Picnic:  At the home of Anna Berry

Come celebrate spring in Anna’s classic style garden. Adorn yourself with a fanciful hat, visit with friends and savor delicious salads and sweets.  Stone garden art for sale by Bob Simchock will displayed in Anna’s garden.

Anna Berry's Garden

Anna Berry’s Garden