Exploring Durham

How does your garden grow?
Mar. 29, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Spring has sprung, and it’s time to start thinking about flowers, vegetables, herbs and more. Durham’s climate makes it a gardening-friendly area with many community gardens, plus gardening activities, classes and events in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Witherspoon Rose Gardens offers a series of free classes on caring for roses.  The Sarah P. Duke Gardens also holds gardening programming throughout the season in addition to a spring plant sale on April 5. Classes range in topics from “Caring for Your Landscape,” to “Rhododendron and Azaleas.” In addition, there are several free events and programs for adults and children.

The Durham County Cooperative Extension of North Carolina State University offers gardening classes for the community at its location on Foster Street and at Durham County libraries. Take classes like “Birds, Bees & Butterflies,” “Simple Drip Irrigation for Container Gardens” and “Seed Starting, Saving & Storing.”

SEEDS, a community gardening organization, teaches respect for life, the earth and each other through gardening and growing food. Community garden plots are available to community members, and there are programming and camps for children. Another community gardening opportunity lies on Briggs Avenue with the Community Garden, part of the Durham County Cooperative Extension Office.

Additionally, discover a community of gardeners with The Durham Council of Garden Clubs. This council represents 10 Durham garden clubs with more than 275 members. Members have a wide variety of gardening interest areas.

Did You Know?: Durham is within zone 7B of the USDA plant hardiness zone map. The last spring frost usually comes in early April.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.