OH IRONY- last year this time I was wishing for a “not-so rainy summer”. Despite Mother Nature getting a great laugh at that wish for the entire month of May, we were finally graced with rain this weekend. Despite the hot weather and constant hand watering required, our gardens are flourishing, and our summer annuals have really started to hit their stride. The kitchen garden is bountiful- the tomatoes and potatoes are stretching their way up, the blueberries are fruiting and the coneflower is flushing out in brilliant purple and warm colored blooms! One of my favorite gardens right now is the Stanly Garden, featured as our main picture with a myriad of beautiful white blooms and SHADE!
If you haven’t made it to see our gardens yet this spring, we’ve got some great upcoming opportunities! This month, we’ll have our Behind the Scenes Tour in the garden, where you can join one of our gardeners for a walk around the Palace blooms! The tour is June 4 beginning at 2pm at the Waystation.
Our 2019 free garden lecture series continues, Saturday, June 8 with “Pretty is as Pretty Does”, a pollinator lecture presented by Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, Hadley Cheris.The lovely world of insects that makes up the pollinator class is full of beautiful butterflies, majestic moths and buzzing bees, not to mention all our tinier pollinators (flies, ants, beetles, etc). However, due to the reproductive trait of living things- these organisms can also be a bit pesky at times. Learn how to mitigate these behaviors while protecting pollinators and yourself!
Join Tryon Palace in celebrating National Pollinator Week June 18-23, focusing on bees, butterflies, hummingbirds and MORE. Throughout the week, learn about how to help pollinators with posters and take-home items, and meet the bees in our observation hive at the NC History Center.
• Pollinator Garden Tours: Tour the Palace gardens and find out our favorite pollinator plants. Pollinator tours are led by Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager and local beekeeper. During the tours, Cheris will discuss her favorite pollinator plants and the pollinators those plants attract. All tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Tryon Palace Waystation. Tours will be held Tuesday (6/18) through Friday (6/21).
"Pollinator Garden Tours" are free with purchase of One-Day, Galleries, or Gardens Pass.
• FREE Lecture – "Intro to Apiculture: So you want to be a beekeeper..." Join Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Apiary Beekeeper, and DJ Moran, Educator Liaison Craven-Pamlico Beekeepers Assoc & NC State Beekeepers Assoc. Master Beekeeper Prog. Committee Member, as they discuss the importance of honey bees and what becoming a beekeeper entails. Join us at NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 22 at 10 a.m.
• FREE Movie –“Disneynature – Wings of Life:” Join Tryon Palace as we view a free screening of the Disneynature studio’s film exploring butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats, and moths that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. This film will be at the NC History Center’s Cullman Performance Hall, Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m.
Don't forget to check out the new summer exhibit open now about pollinators and plants! "Buzzing Bees, Blooms, and Garden Friends" is a photography exhibit, by photographer and beekeeper Deana B Marion. It's full of lovely macro images of bees as they forage so don't miss out!
We’ve got plenty of work to do in the gardens and we always love more help. Our volunteers are the absolute reason that we are able to accomplish as much as we do. If you’d like to come and work in the garden with us, please contact me at Hadley.firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-639-3560!
We hope to see you soon! Happy Gardening,
Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager
- Angelonia ‘Serena Waterfall Mix’, ‘Serena Mix’
- Annual Phlox (Phlox drummondii) mix
- Balsam (Impatiens balsamina) mix
- Basil, multiple varieties- lavender, white, dark purple
- Batchelor’s Buttons (Centaurea cyanus) blue
- Begonia ‘Encore Mix’
- California Poppy (Escholzia californica) yellow
- Catchfly (Silene carolinianum) pink
- Coleus ‘Kong Mix Empire’, ‘Chocolate Covered Cherry’
- Celosia ‘Century Mix’, ‘Kimono Mix, ‘Fresh Look Mix’
- Cuphea ‘Sriacha Rose’; FloriGlory Diana; Dynamite
- Dahlia ‘Figaro Mix’
- Dianthus- Super Parfait Raspberry, Zing Rose
- Dusty Miller ‘Silver Dust’
- Flowering Tobacco (Nicotiana sp) various
- Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’, ‘Pink Shades’, ‘Colorado’, ‘Sunny Side Up’, ‘New Magic’, ‘New Day Yellow’
- Gerbera ‘Revolution Mix Select’
- Johnny-jump-up (Viola tricolor) purple and yellow
- Marigolds- Hot Pak, Fireball, SuperHero Harmony
- Pentas- Butterfly Mix; Graffiti Lipstick
- Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria White’, ‘Victoria Blue’, ‘Evolution Blue’
- Salvia coccinea ‘Jewel Mix’
- Torenia ‘Kauai Rose’
- Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) various
- Sunflowers (Helianthus sp.) various colors of yellow and red
- Sweet William (Dianthus) Telstar Mix; red, white, pink
- Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’
- Vinca- Titan Summer Breeze Mix, Cora White
- Zinnias- multiple varieties