Gardeners of Wake County

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About Us

      The Gardeners of Wake County is a non-profit organization. Our mission is to provide gardening education and horticultural information to our members and the gardening public. The annual Azalea sale held in April is the major fundraiser of the year. Funds raised by the Gardeners of Wake County are used to provide scholarships to NC State students majoring in horticulture, and also for donations to other horticulture related activities in Wake County. To apply for a Horticulture Scholarship, print the application form and follow the directions on the form.        
     The Gardeners of Wake County meets every third Tuesday at 7:30 pm in the Ruby McSwain building at the J.C. Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Rd. in Raleigh, except May and December (see special events). Each meeting starts with a short business session followed by a horticulture related program. Plants are brought by members and given away as prizes.. Refreshments and snacks are provided at each meeting starting at 7:00 PM.     
     The monthly meetings provide an opportunity for members and visitors to discuss garden problems and exchange ideas about gardening. Many of our members are also Master Gardeners. Visitors are always welcome.

Azalea Sale
The annual Azalea sale is held each year in April as a fundraiser for the Gardeners of Wake County.  Approximately one hundred varieties of Azaleas in one gallon and three gallon containers are available during the sale.  This includes Encore varieties as well as deciduous Azaleas.  Proceeds from the sale are used for Horticulture scholarships at NC State University.

Summer Picnic
In May the Gardeners of Wake County has a summer picnic for members and their guests. The Summer Picnic may be a Pig Picking, or some of our members who happen to be master chefs, may prepare the meal.  The meal is usually followed by a plant exchange.  Members who wish to participate in the plant exchange should bring plants to exchange with others. 

Awards Banquet
     The Awards Banquet is for members and invited guests.  This banquet replaces the December monthly meeting.  After the dinner, Club awards, Community Beautification, and Scholarship awards are presented.  There may be a speaker or entertainment following the presentation of the awards.


Club Awards

     Silver Vase Awards are given as recognition for outstanding individual service by a club member.

     Trowel Awards are given for service to the club. 

     Dogwood Awards are given in appreciation for hard work of non members of the club.

Horticulture Scholarships

Horticulture students from NC State College may apply for scholarships from the Gardeners of Wake County.  The Scholarship Committee reviews the applications and selects students to be awarded scholarships. Beautification Awards Beautification Awards are presented to members or non-members for landscaping or gardens at their home or business.

Click here to see last year's award winners.