Meeting Schedule

We meet the second Thursday of the months September through June at various locations throughout the Hillsborough area. Our 2016-2017 meeting schedule is posted below.

2016-2017 Calendar of Meetings

All meetings begin at 10:00 am with a social gathering at 9:30 a.m. *Hostesses are asked to provide simple refreshments including drinks and all paper products. Directions and details will be emailed to all members prior to each meeting.

September 8, 2016 (9:30 a.m. social, 10:00 meeting)
Program: Garden Oasis
Location: Hillsborough United Methodist Church, 130 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough
Hostesses: Trish Koontz and Joanne Chenette

Keifer Landscaping and Nursery Garden Center has an idea for your garden with an abundance of plants for our area to help you create your own oasis including ferns and mosses and other water loving plants. Mark’s specialty is in water gardens.  Kiefer Landscaping was founded in 1984 by Mark A. Kiefer, a recent graduate of the Duke School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Since his first field botany class in the 9th grade to his botany classes as an undergraduate student at Moravian College with Dr. John Bevington, Mark realized he had a special connection to plants. Rather than pursuing a career in forestry, Mark chose the more creatively rewarding path of landscaping.  Kiefer plants and trees are grown at their own NC Certified Nursery in Durham. 

October 13, 2016 (no social, arrive 9:30 am, short meeting and program 10:30 am)
Program: Propagation Methods: Show and Tell, and History of Plants of Niche Gardens
Location: Niche Gardens, 1111 Dawson Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

A trip to Niche Gardens combines a program on propagating plants with Bob Evinger, long time plantsman at Niche Gardens.  Bob will also tell us something about the plants and history of Niche.  Bring a chair, if you would like; he will do this program in the greenhouse growing area of Niche at 10:30 am.  October is the sale month at Niche so come prepared to buy some plants for your garden!  For more information about Niche Gardens and view their catalog go to

November 10, 2016 (9:30 a.m. social, 10:00 a.m. meeting)
Program: Decorating for the Holidays Using Indoor Blooming Plants
Location: Hillsborough United Methodist Church, 130 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough
Hostesses: Adrienne Scrutu and Linda Ostrand

Are you looking for a greener way decorate for the holidays and way to reuse your materials again and again?  Members of the Hillsborough Garden Club and other guests will show us ways of using indoor blooming plants such as amaryllis, paper whites, orchids, etc., to make long lasting holiday decorations that can be recycled into other seasons.

December 8, 2016 (9:30 am social, 10:00 am  meeting)
Program: Holiday Cookie Exchange, Natural Holiday Decoration/Ornament Making
Location: Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
Hostesses: Janie Trumball, Pam Holloway

Get in the holiday mood by exchanging cookies and recipes and making a small keepsake natural ornament/decoration. A short video presentation on the natural ornaments made at the Andrew Wyeth Brandywine River Museum each holiday season will be presented.  Come bring your cookies and a non-perishable food item to donate to the OCIM Food Pantry for the holidays.

January 12, 2017 (9:30 am social, 10:00 am meeting followed by program
Program: Indoor/Outdoor Container Gardening
Location: St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary’s Road
Hostesses: Andrea Lewis and Mary Ann Peter

Cathy Dykes, long time planter expert at Montrose Gardens will present growing plants in container or planters.  She will share how to create planters that can work indoors and out – the particular requirements of plants, including succulents, and  her expertise on design.  As she said “I’m glad to come and tell you what I’ve gleaned over the years, mostly by trial and error.”  If you’ve ever seen the gorgeous planters at Montrose they are her doing.

February 9, 2017 (9:30 a.m. social, 10:00 meeting)
Program: Pollinator Gardens
Location: Hillsborough United Methodist Church, 130 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough
Hostess: Frances Harris and Sarah Meadows.

Debbie Roos will give a presentation and overview of regional pollinators with an emphasis on bees.  She is a Chatham County Agricultural Extension Agent. Participants will learn about the principles of designing and planting a pollinator garden and how to select trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, herbs, and vines to attract a diversity of pollinators. Debbie will give a virtual tour of her popular demonstration pollinator garden in Pittsboro, NC that features 180 unique species, 85% of them native to the NC Piedmont.  She will also share resources she has developed for farmers and gardeners interested in enhancing pollinator habitats that can be found on her website at  You can help the environment while enjoying your beautiful pollinator garden.

March 9, 2017 (10:00a.m. meeting, no social)
Program: Did you know tea comes from Camellia plants?
Location: Camellia Forest, 620 N Carolina Hwy 45 W, Chapel Hill, NC 27516, phone 919-968-0504

Come see the display of many different Camellias plus a rare selection of unusual plants from Asia at Camellia Forest. Camellia Forest Nursery is a small retail nursery started in 1979 by the late Kai Mei Parks. Starting out as a mail order nursery offering rare woody plants and Camellias developed by Dr. Clifford R. Parks Camellia Forest is now a retail establishment specializing in a wide variety of Camellias to rare woody and unusual plants from Asia. Interested in a tea garden? Camellia Forest has programs to teach you how to grow and make your own tea.  David Parks their son currently manages the nursery and will guide us through greenhouses full of Camellias and will also point out the varieties used to make tea. 

April 13, 2017 (9:30 am social,  10:00 am meeting followed by program)
Program: Growing Vegetables in Raised Beds
Location: Orange County Environment and Agricultural Center, 306 Revere St.
Hostesses: Diff Whitmore, Marcia Cameron

Helga MacAller of Four Leaf Farm will inspire you to grow wonderful vegetables. She will talk about making raised beds- preparing the beds, propagation of seeds and times for planting, requirements of different vegetable plants, fertilizing, mulching, and pest control.  Prior to this meeting Helga will  send us a list of plants that will be available for sale and she will bring an assortment of plants that people have requested; a great way to get a good start on your vegetable garden.

May 11, 2017 (9:30 a.m. social, 10:00 meeting)
Program: Creative Garden Idea for being part of Hillsborough Bee City
Location:  Sweet Memory Garden, 2975 Canter Drive, Hillsborough, NC 27278, phone 919-644-0438
Hostesses: Dolly Hunnell and Laura Renz

Trish Koontz invites us back to her Sweet Memory Garden named because of the sweet memories people leave with after viewing her gardens.  She will discuss how you can easily Become a honey of a supporter for native pollinators.  The creative and BEEutiful ideas will be displayed in stations to explore around her gardens.  There will be examples of easy DIY projects made from simple materials found around your home. Therefore, BEE ready to BUZZ around and explore all she has created to help us BEEcome better gardeners to support our BEE City Project.

June 8, 2017 (9:30 am social, 10:00 am meeting followed by potluck lunch)
Program: Annual review of events and programs with a video presentation and a planning session for next year’s programs.
Location: United Methodist Church, 130 W. Tyron St.
Hostesses:  Catherine Phelps, Ann Gleason

Review the events and programs of the 2016-2017 year of the HGC by watching a video of some of the year’s highlights.  Following this there will be a planning session for next year’s programs with presentations of possible programs and votes.  This will be followed by an always delicious potluck lunch.