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  • Barbara Monico Paulsen

Will it grow?

Fairfield Harbour Garden Club

The first meeting of the Fairfield Harbour Garden Club 2023 season was held on January 9. The energy level at the meeting was high as Greg Fahy & Jared Dabney of North Carolina Landscapes answered numerous audience questions and shared information on Native & Deer Resistant Plants. Deer are a factor here in Fairfield Harbour. Consequently, residents are looking for ways to ensure the gardens they plant thrive despite the deer.

Some deer-resistant plants Greg and Jared suggested planting are:

  • Barberry

  • Daphne

  • Christmas Fern

  • Bleeding Heart

  • Yucca

  • Crocus

  • Echinacea- Cone Flower

  • Black-eyed Susan

  • Bearded Iris

  • Cryptomeria

  • Cast Iron plant

Greg and Jared also discussed using moss as a ground cover in the yard. For more information on moss as ground cover, deer-resistant plants, and landscape services provided by North Carolina Landscapes, contact them at 252-658-1881. You may also visit them, see some of their plant recommendations, and get more expert advice each Saturday at the New Bern Farmer's Market (8 am – 2 pm), 421 S. Front Street, New Bern.

There will be new and exciting activities in the future for members of the Garden Club. What do members of the Garden Club want to do. What do they want to learn? The Board of Directors sent an online survey to access the memberships' needs as future activities are planned. The results of this survey will be presented in February and used to guide future club planning for future activities. The Board of Directors is always open to members' suggestions. If you have a great idea, please share it.

The next meeting of the Fairfield Harbour Garden Club will be on February 13 in the FH Community Center. The meeting will begin at 9:30 am. The speaker will be Daniel Simpson, Pamlico County Director and Extension Agent for Horticulture and Agriculture.

While it is cold outside (30° as I write this article), it will soon be time for spring planting. Generally, in New Bern, the last frost is around March 2. Now is the time to plan your gardens and get ready to start your seedlings. Remember, club members may post questions on the Fairfield Harbour Garden Club Facebook page. For more information on the Garden Club, everyone is welcome to visit the website and attend the meeting on February 13, 2023.

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