The Charlotte Garden Club 2017 – 2018 Program Schedule

All programs are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Guests are welcome and encouraged to join and/or make a donation. Meetings are held at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211 (click for map and directions). Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m., programs begin at 7:15 p.m.


November 20, 2017

Debbie Roos: Create a Pollinator Paradise!

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent Debbie Roos will give an overview of regional pollinators with an emphasis on bees. 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 over 200 unique species, 85% of them native to North Carolina. She will also share resources she has developed for farmers and gardeners interested in enhancing pollinator habitat that can be found on her website at

Bio: Since 1999 Debbie Roos has been an Agriculture Agent for the Chatham County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension where she is responsible for programming in the areas of commercial vegetable production, organic production, pollinator conservation, alternative agricultural enterprises, forestry, and beekeeping. Debbie worked for three years as an agroforestry Extension agent and technical trainer for the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and later completed graduate degrees in applied anthropology and horticulture at the University of Florida. Debbie delivers educational programming to growers through regular workshops and her award-winning Growing Small Farms website She also works with area farmers’ markets and is involved in statewide efforts to strengthen local food systems. Debbie is passionate about pollinator conservation and has planted demonstration habitats and developed resources to teach others about the importance of bees and other pollinators to our agriculture ecosystem. Visit her pollinator website at

December 4, 2017

Susan Hooper: Holiday Program and Auction: Decorations with Materials from your Garden

Personalize your holiday decorations with plant material from your gardens. This program will include the mechanics of creating designs using your own cuttings and a few elements from a floral supplier. In addition, a list of plant material will be provided. Designs will include arrangements for small spaces as well as for larger tables with consideration for ease of transport. You’ll be inspired to try something new with clippings from your own backyard!
Bio: Susan Hooper is an Extension Master Gardener for Mecklenburg County and a National Garden Club Master Flower Show Judge. She has exhibited for Art in Bloom for North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. In addition, she served 4 years as president of Flower Show Judges Council of North Carolina and chaired the school to train new flower show judges. In Charlotte, she has been Council president, Trustee Chairman, Club President, Council Garden Manager and more..

January 22, 2018

Paula Gross: Seeding the Garden: Engaging Children with the Green World in Your Own Backyard

Ask any gardener or horticultural professional how she or he got into gardening and you will find a grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, mom, or dad in the answer. When we garden we don’t just grow plants, we grow gardeners. That is, if we take the time to share our experiences – something that happened without much thought in earlier generations.

A personal relationship with plants is as vital as ever, and it is on us to “seed the garden” by intentionally sharing these experiences with children. They are our future gardeners, farmers, and stewards of the natural world. Challenges of tight schedules, lack of easy access to farms and gardens, and the ever-present screens exist, but the natural world is all around if you open your eyes to it. All it really takes is to set the intention of engaging, plus a few good ideas to get you started.

Paula will share some easy and fun ways to engage children with gardening and nature in your own backyard, as well as the public gardens and parks in Charlotte. It’s all there waiting to grow!

Bio: Paula Gross is the Associate Director of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Botanical Gardens. After receiving her Master’s degree in Horticulture at the University of Georgia, she continued her education, hands-on, at Goodness Grows Nursery in Lexington, GA, where she fell in love with perennials. During her 18 years at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Paula has taught courses on botany and plant identification, developed programs for children and adults and helped guide the development of the greenhouse and gardens. Her deep belief that the connection between plants and people is vital for the health of both individual and planet is what inspires her to write and teach. She is the co-author of the book Bizarre Botanicals and has written for Fine Gardening magazine.

February 19, 2018

Bob Cantu: The Best of Flora of Grandfather Mountain and The Blue Ridge Parkway

Which plants have medicinal properties? What was the role of Native Americans in teaching us about these properties? What are the erosive and climatic forces shaping evolutionary change in these plants? Why are so many different plant and tree species starting to die out and what can naturalists, biologists and scientists do to diminish those critical problems.

Bio: Bob Cantu is a naturalist for the Blue Ridge Hiking Club, Grandfather Mountain Stewardship and the Grandfather Mountain Parks & Recreation. He is also an armchair astronomer and an active member of the Charlotte Amateur Astronomers Club since 1992. He recently gave a talk on Flora & Fauna of Grandfather Mountain to the Senior Scholars of Boone, N.C. During his work as Director of the Paper Packaging Group of Sun Chemical his travels took him to points of interest across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Central America (Rainforest) and Mexico. Several of his technical articles have been published in national magazines. He was the 2001 recipient of NAPIM’s Pioneer award, and TAPPI’s 2007 Technical award. A graduate of the University of Texas, Austin, Bob spends half of the year in Blowing Rock leading naturalist hikes, working up new astronomy talks, and volunteering at Grandfather Mountain Stewardship identifying birds of prey.

March 19, 2018

Nils Norstrand: Growing Better Hosta: Health and Beauty Tips

Join Nils Norstrand for a look at the covers history, growth requirements, troubleshooting, and tips for healthier Hosta. What started out as a hobby grew to a backyard business, and Nils has grown Hosta professionally for the last 11+ years. He is now considered a leading provider of hosta for the Carolina piedmont and beyond. This presentation evolved from summarizing customer questions and using the responses to understand how they can grow better Hosta. Nils will be happy to answer your questions.

Bio: Nils Norstrand is the owner of North State Hostas, the leading provider of hosta for the Carolina Piedmont and beyond. He is a member of the American Hosta Society and American Hosta Growers Association and is a certified grower through the NCDOA.

April 16, 2018

Business Meeting followed by a Panel Discussion featuring Charlotte’s Best Gardeners (more information TBA)

April 21 & 22, 2018

Art in the Garden Tour


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