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Continuing Education


Join our Garden staff and guest lecturers as they share their knowledge and learn how to garden like a pro. We offer Lunch and Learn lectures during September, October, November, March, April and May. Our Summer Thursday Lectures are offered during the evening in June, July and August. Visit our News and Events Page for more information.

Continuing Education Events & Lectures at the Garden


June's Summer Thursday Lecture . . . "Pruning Without Fear - Training With a Purpose" by Josh Williams, PJCBG's Garden Manager

Location: Garden | Date: 6/14/2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

PJCBG's Garden Manager, Josh Williams, will share the how and why of proper pruning techniques and a gambit of different training techniques
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July's Summer Thursday Lecture . . . "The Pollinator's Buffet" by Adrienne Roethling, PJCBG's Director of Curation and Mission Delivery

Location: Ballroom | Date: 7/12/2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

When creating a pollinator buffet, it is important to add plants that provide nectar when pollinators are active. In some years, the temperatures rise early leaving you wondering what is blooming that provides food.
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August's Summer Thursday Lecture . . . "Fascinating Carnivorous Plants of the Southeastern US" by David McAdoo

Location: Ballroom | Date: 8/9/2018 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The southeastern quadrant of the United States is the home of an amazing number of carnivorous plants left behind from the ice age
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Upcoming Events


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Lectures & Events

Chip Callaway Lecture Series


Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden is proud to present The Chip Callaway Lecture Series. Our lecture series will enable us to bring in speakers of great renown from all across the country.  Coming in 2017. . .  

Great lectures we have enjoyed . . .

  • "Trials and Triumphs of a Southern Gardener" by Chip Callaway
  • 'Hamptons Gardens" by Jack deLashmet
  • "Arranging Flowers with Randy McManus"
  • Pearl Fryar, Internationally Renowned Topiary Artist
  • "Exciting New Tree and Shrub Introductions" by Dr. Michael Dirr
  • "Organic Cooking for Renewed Health" by Lee Newlin 
  • "How Rooms and Gardens Evolve", by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Internationally known interior Designer and Author
  • "Birds of the Piedmont: Attracting Birds to the Garden" by Ron Morris, Audubon Society
  • "Wild About Perennials", by Noel Kingsbury, British Author and Garden Designer 
  • "The Color of the Native Plant Palette" by Dr. Robert Lyons, Director, Longwood Garduate Program
  • "Demonstrating and Sharing a Mediterranean Dinner" by Lee Newlin
  • A Rich Spot of Earth: Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello by Peter Hatch
  • A Romp Through the English Countryside and the Chelsea Flower Show by Chip Callaway
  • A brunch and Lecture with Douglas Thomas, owner of Twin Maples
  • "My Favorite 100 . . . Perennials I wouldn't Garden Without" by Tony Avent
  • "An Evening in Tuscany" by Lee Newlin
  • "Southern Style, A Modern Guide to Plants for the Southeast" by Mark Weathington
  • "Landscaping in Small Spaces:  Big Ideas for the 'Little' Garden" by Bryce Lane 
  • "Nothing Could Be Finer" by Pam Beck
  • "I Have Elephants in MY Garden so What's YOUR Problem?" by Marie Butler, 
  • "Tulips and Daffodils" by Brent Heath 
  • "Inspiring Gardens of the World" by John Elsley
  • "Preserving Historic Design Intents at Biltmore" by Parker Andes, Horticulture Director, Biltmo9re Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Gingko:  The Tree that Time Forgot" by Sir Peter R. Crane
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School & Youth Programs


The Garden offers a variety of school and youth programs throughout the year. We also offer a field trip program that meets the North Carolina curriculum science requirements.

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