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The Lyons' Den

JCRA…..Vital Info!!
March 2, 2001

A few reminders of some of the events coming up real soon....there's still time to get them on your calendar!!! By the way.....our new Web site and address are now up and functional and permanent....please bookmark the site below after you've visited:

AND you can check out our latest NEW Newsletter issue there...sooner than getting it in the mail. Hey,let us know if you'd rather access your newsletter via our site and NOT receive your copy by mail. We can do that, save us some postage and printing! Email Sandie Holdan:


FOA Lecture....Dr. Bill Fonteno

You CANNOT miss this is that time of the year when everyone is thinking about gardening.....and soil is EVERYTHING to a garden's success, especially if you're starting from scratch! Not to rob more from Bill's talk but read on and come....Bill's credentials in this "world" are impressive and we're lucky to have him share his expertise:

Putting Life Back into Your Garden Soils Bill Fonteno, Ph.D. March 8, 2001 (Thursday) - 7:30 PM Room 3712, Bostian Hall

Putting the Life into Garden Soils. Ever have plants that just did not grow well in your garden, even after you added lime and fertilizer? Ever had a neighbor who did not seem to work nearly as hard in their garden as you did, but had better results? Ever wonder if your soil was "bad" and what to do about it? Most urban gardeners do not have classical soils in their garden, but rather have a highly variable urban soil. Come learn the simple steps to make a good garden soil. Dr. Fonteno has worked with soil amendments and composting for over 20 years. Come learn the simple truths about creating good top soil, and the process about putting the life into your garden soil.

Friends of the Arboretum lectures are free to those with current membership, however, there is a $5.00 fee for non-members. Please bring your membership card to the lecture. We will have a current membership list at the door. Memberships will be available for purchase at the door. Entrance is free to all NC State students with ID and Department of Horticultural Science faculty and staff.

There is plenty of free parking at the intersection of Hillsborough and Brooks. Please call (919) 515-3132 if you need directions or information about these events.


Finally, although the Photo Workshop has again filled for the actual "shooting" component of the workshop, there is plenty of room in the Friday evening:

"Horticultural Photography.....Exposed" Lecture Dr. Bob Lyons, JC Raulston Arboretum Director

March 8, 2001 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM 159 Kilgore Hall

Presenting a basic approach encouraging the use of photography to document gardens, landscape evolution, "before and afters," plant identification, and presentation. How to create aesthetically pleasing and pragmatic photos with discussions about prevailing light, elements of composition, and the impact of film choice. An "example-based" presentation with technical aspects of photography de-emphasized and how to get desired results emphasized. No prior photographic experience is necessary.

The lecture will be conducted by Bob Lyons, JC Raulston Arboretum (JCRA) Director. Also a professional photographer, he has shown his work nationally, published over 200 photographs, is a principal photographer for Horticopia CD-ROMs, and has received awards from the Garden Writers Association of America, among others.

Two hour lecture with refreshments. This lecture will be held in room 159, Kilgore Hall, NC State University and is open to as many people who would like to enroll. You can pay at the door. The cost for this lecture is $15.00 for JCRA members and $25.00 for non-members.

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