NOTE: Click the plus sign next to each tour name to see photos and read descriptions of each location. When you register, be sure to select the tours you wish to attend.
Monday – Designer Tour (A)
A demonstration garden created by Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos of the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Her overall goal for this project is to plant these demonstration pollinator gardens where people can learn about the pollinators we rely on and the plants that support them.
The habitat features over 200 species of perennials, trees, shrubs, vines, and grasses (85% of them are native to North Carolina) that provide resources for pollinators including bees and butterflies. The garden is at the Chatham Mills complex in Pittsboro, NC and is open 7 days a week.For more information, click here.
Travel from the mountains to the sea at the North Carolina Botanical Garden and get a taste of North Carolina’s varied ecosystems and rich biodiversity. Participants will embark on a guided tour of the nation’s first “Conservation Garden." The tour will lead guests through our habitat and display gardens with an emphasis on conservation and sustainable garden practices. Tour participants will also get a behind the scenes look at the seed processing and nursery facilities that support native species propagation and restoration activities and hear about the sustainability features that are integrated into NCBG’s Platinum LEED certified visitor center and surrounding landscape.
Located on 17 acres of farmland just miles west of Chapel Hill, the Honeysuckle Tea House is referred to as a tree house in the sky. Built on shipping containers and other repurposed materials, the Tea House is an open-air structure; sitting in the tea house you can see our herb gardens, playground (for kids of all ages), hammock garden, mandala garden and farm fields. Even in the hot of summer, the tea house has a cooling, shady breeze.
In Collaboration with EastWest Organics, Honeysuckle Tea House: 1) organically grows its own produce, 2) invents its own recipes for tea blends,3) designs and packages a hand-picked and hand-crafted line of therapeutic products, 4) repairs that which becomes 'broken', and 5) repurposes that which becomes 'waste'. Honeysuckle is a multi-faceted undertaking; an offering of quality goods created and served by a skilled and dedicated staff to a conscientious public.
Red Door Farm is a large private garden located in Durham, North Carolina. The whole property is twenty plus acres, with a third of that dedicated garden space. Beds were developed, working with the existing topography and handsome groupings of long established trees, many with striking shapes. These trees plus some new ones and masses of shrubs form the backbone for sweeping masses of winter hardy herbaceous perennials. Many of the perennials are ornamental grasses, a great love of the owners. The owners are very involved with their gardens though several garden designers have assisted them in the layout.
Monday – BASF Tour to Metrolina
Metrolina Greenhouses is a family-owned, wholesale plant and services company that started business in April 1972. They are the largest single-site heated greenhouse in the United States at 162 acres under roof. In addition they have approximately 15 acres of outdoor growing space and are still expanding. There’s also a second location in York S.C. that has 175 acres of outdoor growing space.
Metrolina Greenhouses is one of the most automated greenhouses in the United States and has many internally designed machines from automatic plant transplanters to mechanical shipping belts. They employ 725 people year round, and 600 additional people in the spring and fall peaks. They ship to Big Box Retailers, Mass Merchandisers, Home Improvement Chains and other greenhouses along the East Coast. Their product typically stays within a 500 mile radius of the greenhouse, but that still puts them in most states on the East Coast. During peak season (March-June) they ship over 180 trailer loads of product a day!