The club encourages members to garden organically and to strengthen the harmony among plants, earth, animals, and people. The Environmental Group promotes educational programs that center on environmental stewardship and conservation.  Activities are open to all RGC members.

Environmental Group leader Laurie M at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Environmental Group leader Laurie M at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

This year the environmental group will continue to explore a variety of activities showcasing the many different facets of “environmental.”  In addition to sampling a few of the many beautiful gardens in our area, we will learn what our local government is doing, and what we ourselves can do, to mitigate climate change.

Programs for the 2019-2020 RGC year

September 24: Tuesday. 11:00 am, .  Tour of the Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm near Cary. 

Did you know that the Interfaith Food Shuttle grows its own? The Food Shuttle Farm provides locally grown, chemical-free produce for those in need. Eighty percent of the land under cultivation grows food for distribution at our School Pantries, Mobile Tastiness Machine, Mobile Markets, and Grocery Bags for Seniors, providing the freshest produce possible to those in need. The remaining 20% percent of the crop goes towards for-profit production to contribute to the farm's financial stability.

The Interfaith Food Shuttle Farm will be giving us a special tour of their farm, which should be full of fresh produce ready to harvest!  The tour will last 45 minutes-1 hour and involves walking on unpaved surfaces. There is also a Food Shuttle Farm Stand with fresh produce for purchase, so don’t forget your wallet.

Address and parking info will be sent out closer to the event.

October 17: Thursday, 10:30 am.  Executive Mansion Grounds and Gardens Tour.

Several members of Raleigh Garden Club serve as docents. We’ll see Mrs. Cooper’s bird-friendly pollinator garden first-hand.

November 13: Wednesday, 10:00 am.  Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh, 27610. Walnut Creek Wetland Park was founded by members of the community who came together to hold regular cleanups in an effort to restore the park area’s beauty. Walnut Creek Wetland Park sits on over 50 acres of urban wetlands, just a mile south of downtown Raleigh.  We’ll enjoy a guided tour of the grounds as well as learning the history of this unique park.

February 20: Thursday, 1:00 pm. Geothermal and Solar Energy Options.  Join us at the home of Sue and Marc Segre, 301 Duncan Street near Five Points.  Sue and Marc moved into this 1920’s era home and refitted it with geothermal heat and solar panels.  Sue and Marc will explain how they went about making their house more energy-efficient, how they generate their own power, and the ways their home works with Duke Power regarding their energy use.

March:  Dorothea Dix Park.  Program and Date will be announced in The Leaflet.

April: Duke Gardens Beekeeping and Chicken Demo.  Did you know there are chickens at Duke Gardens?  Program date and time will be announced in The Leaflet.

May 13: Wednesday, 3:00-5:00 pm. Annual Plant Exchange and Tea, Raulston Arboretum. Please bring a sweet or savory snack to share and a plant (or several) to exchange with other garden club members.  This is a mostly social event, a time to meet other RGC members and learn what is growing in each other's gardens.  Beverages will be provided.


Pictures from our tours of a pollinator garden in Chatham County, a stream at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, and the Raleigh City Farm.

Previous Environmental
Group Activities

Previous activities of the Environmental Group have included visits to gardens and natural areas featuring native plants, decorating bird houses for the Raulston Blooms! competition, Paint and Sip fundraising parties, and a tour of the NCSU phytotron. We usually finish each year with a plant exchange and tea.