Pitt County Arboretum Plant Sale
On Saturday, May 18 from 9 am to 12 pm, the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Pitt County Master Gardener Volunteers will be hosting their eighth annual plant sale for the Pitt County Arboretum. The Pitt County Arboretum was formed on November 4, 2002 when the Pitt County Board of Commissioners approved the grounds around the Pitt County Agricultural Center as the Pitt County Arboretum. The Pitt County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and I have been working on developing the Pitt County Arboretum since spring of 1998. It started with the perennial border. We have added the Mixed Border, Certified Plant Professional Collection, Herb Garden, Container gardens, and Turfgrass plots. Along the way with the help of Pitt County Buildings and Grounds we did some renovation to the landscape around the Pitt County Agricultural Center. We could not continue without the help of Pitt County Buildings and Grounds staff, who help with large pruning, cleanup, and mowing. Other gardens include Landscape Plants for Wet Sites, Vegetable Garden, Fire Hydrant Garden, Pittosporum Trial, and Composting Demonstration area. Seven years ago we added an easy care Rose Garden. Six years ago our feature garden was the Children’s Garden. Five years ago we unveiled the Butterfly Garden and the Wildflower Garden. Three years ago we added a Small Fruits Garden. The most recent plantings include several parking lot islands with tough but attractive plants and three new stunning containers near the perennial border. The gardens are in great shape thanks to the tireless efforts of the Master Gardeners. Toddco Grounds Maintenance has also helped us out by donating use of equipment that helped us with mulching the arboretum.
The Mission of the Pitt County Arboretum is to increase consumer and green industry knowledge and adoption of proper plant selection, cultural practices, and pest management practices that will maximize plant performance, economic resources, and protect the environment. We hope you can join the Pitt County Master Gardener Volunteers and I on Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to 12 pm. From 9 am to 10 am the plant sale is open to Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum. You can join the Friends of the Pitt County Arboretum that morning with a yearly membership to help support our beautiful gardens and strengthen our teaching, research, and outreach programs. We depend on gifts and memberships for operating expenses. The arboretum is not directly included in the state or county budget. Bring your current membership card for entry, renew that day, or purchase your membership at the event. Yearly individual membership is $25. Students and seniors are $20. Family membership is $40. Other levels are available. From 10 am to 12 pm anyone may purchase plants. There will be a plant swap at 11 am. Bring your plants, seeds, pots, statues, stepping stones, or any gardening related items you want to swap. Any item not swapped will be allowed to follow its owner back home. Please make sure to label all plants to be swapped with name and growing requirements.
The Pitt County Arboretum is located at the Pitt County Agricultural Center, 403 Government Circle in Greenville. The phone number for more information before May 18th is 902-1709. The Pitt County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and I hope to see you on Saturday, May 18th from 9 am to noon rain or shine. I will be available for questions during the morning at the plant sale area and around the arboretum. The Pitt County Agricultural Center can be found by taking Memorial Drive north past the Pitt-Greenville Airport. Turn right on Belvoir Rd. at the NC Department of Transportation. At the Greene Street traffic light go straight across to the stop sign at Old Creek Rd. Take a left and the entrance to the Pitt County Office Park will be on your left. You can then follow the signs to the Agricultural Center and Pitt County Arboretum. We will have directional signs in place off of Greene Street and Highway 33. Directions to the Pitt County Agricultural Center can be found on the Pitt County Arboretum web page at http://pitt.ces.ncsu.edu/content/Pitt+County+Arboretum or at http://pitt.ces.ncsu.edu/contact-us/. There will be over 3500 plants including many flowering perennials that are stellar performers at the arboretum and in the gardens of our Master Gardeners. You will also find annuals, biennials, herbs, vegetables and a few woody shrubs, vines, and small trees that the Master Gardeners have grown in their home gardens and the arboretum for the plant sale. You are welcome to tour the arboretum on your own during the plant sale. Guided arboretum tours are given on the first Thursday of each month at 10 am except during June, July, and August when they begin at 9 am.
As always if you have gardening questions give the Extension Master Gardener volunteers a call at 902-1705 or email email@example.com. Find more gardening information online at http://pitt.ces.ncsu.edu including links to our facebook, Twitter, and blogspot pages.