pleased to have seven interns working with us for ten weeks this summer. All
of these "'summer campers" are students at NC State. They are Ryan
Brandt, Michelle Hogan, Elisabeth Meyer, Robert Monk, Jared Hoyle, Elaine Sisko,
and Emily Wantanabe. "Pleased" does not adequately describe how I
really feel about having some regular gardening help!
I have several interesting projects planned to help our interns gain gardening experience while they're here. This is for their own good. They will thank me for it one day. (Are you getting my drift?)
They're getting lots of experience by renovating the Sculpture Garden. The Farlowe sculpture was originally intended to be displayed in an open turf area. In order to create that type of display, we removed the brick walk, transplanted the Echinicea collection and many other individual plants that were located around the sculpture. The wisteria collection was heavily pruned...another valuable gardening lesson. We'll install an irrigation system before the turf is installed.
Other training exercises for our interns might include:
In addition to sweating in the garden, a couple of the interns will be delving into the production of literature for visitors or the mapping of changes in the gardens. Val Tyson, Sheila Kellogg, and Nancy Doubrava will probably need the help catching up with the recent work.
The Annual Trials Area has been installed under the watchful eye of Bernadette Clark. We had several volunteers help on planting day, along with HFL staff and friends. Our interns will be getting lots of great experience with deadheading and weed control. There is big demand for these gardening skills, so I trust after ten weeks they'll be experts. The JCRA has a great container planting this summer thanks to our friends at Fairview Greenhouses & Garden Center. Susan Rollins and JoAnn Dewar arranged some spectacular displays, which will only get better as we go through the summer. Plants for the container gardens were kindly donated by Fairview Greenhouses and Campbell Road Nursery.
We're also busy getting plants ready for the fall Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution and developing additional nursery production space. Most of our winter protection and greenhouse space is in need of major repairs. You guessed it...more experience for the interns. This time it involves carpentry, plumbing, and masonry.
The JCRA is hosting several events later on this summer. The North Carolina Association of Nurserymen (NCAN) is having a Nursery Short Course out here in June, the Dean's 4th of July Celebration, the Garden Writers Association (GWA) will be meeting here in mid July, and the North Carolina Commercial Flower Growers' Association will have their Landscape Color Field Day in late July. Lots of "curb appeal" is needed to get ready for all these visitors.
Travel plans for many of the staff this summer include the trip to visit Bob and several gardens up north, Southern Nursery Association's The World's Showcase of Horticulture® in Atlanta, NCAN's Summer Green Show in Greensboro, and a day trip to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Remember the song back in the '60s that went "hello mother, hello father, here I am at Camp Granada"? I would hate to see the e-mails our interns are sending home about our summer camp! – Kim Powell, Interim Director
Long Weekend in Washington, D. C.; Maryland; Delaware; and Pennsylvania – June 9, 10, 11, and 12, 2005 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
Registration for our trip to the United States National Arboretum; Mt. Cuba Center; Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library; Chanticleer Gardens; Longwood Gardens; and Brookside Gardens is closed, but please save the date for our next trip. We are going to Daniel Stowe Botanic Gardens on September 24, 2005 (Saturday). The announcement and registration are coming soon.
Please visit the "Calendar of Events" section on the JCRA Web site for a complete listing of upcoming programs.
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