New Hanover County Arboretum

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Keeping trees in your yard could actually protect your home rather than threaten it during tropical storms and hurricanes.  That goes against much of the conventional wisdom in the region about trees on one’s property during hurricane season.  On this edition of CoastLine, we find out why.

New Hanover County Arboretum

Valerie DeSanti and Jay Denmark are two Master Gardeners from the New Hanover County Master Gardeners organization. They've been growing seeds and bulbs with other Master Gardeners since the beginning of the year in preparation for the spring Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. Complete list of plants, trees, shrubs, herbs, and vegetables is available here. 

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Warmer weather has moved into the southeast in fits and starts this year.  Reports of damaged crops in Georgia and both Carolinas came after multiple late-season frosts.  Whether those recent cold snaps will impact the price and availability of peaches, blueberries, and apples remains to be seen.    

But what does this mean for home gardeners who just hope to see their shrubs, trees, and perennials bloom?   And what might this mean for the showing of blooms during Azalea Festival?

NHC Arboretum

New Hanover County's 7-acre Arboretum opened 27 years ago and it continues to improve, increasing educational and creative programming for all ages and abilities. One reason the Arboretum thrives is because of a group of volunteers called Friends of the Arboretum (FOA), dedicated to supporting the gardens with money, time, and muscle. John Ranalli is the President of FOA, and listen to the enthusiasm he brings to this year's main FOA fundraiser: Art in the Arboretum. The event is this weekend, Friday-Sunday, rain or shine.

Charley Winterbauer, President of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, joined us in the studio last week.  The Audubon Society has a special program, "Discover the Wonder of Birds," a hands-on, interactive experience for youth and adults to learn about our feathered friends.  The program travels to schools and community centers; this weekend, it will be a part of The Native Plant Festival at the

Bonsai Show at the Arboretum

Jun 5, 2015

Mary Recupero, the President of the Cape Fear Bonsai Society, is excited about the 2nd Annual Bonsai Show at the Arboretum on Saturday, June 6.  Last year, the Bonsai showcase attracted hundreds of visitors interested in seeing this living art and learning how to do it for themselves.