NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill Location: Chapel Hill Event Dates: 9/14/2010 -
Reception: 9/14/2010 9am - 12pm
The North Carolina Botanical Garden (ncbg.unc.edu) encompasses several acres of display gardens, an education center (with restrooms), a number of natural areas, and extensive trails through a woods with hillsides and a stream. The display gardens include a large paved patio inset with beds of carnivorous plants like pitcher and flytraps, plus many "garden rooms" and beds of interesting and unusual plants, shrubs, and trees, sculptures, and furthest from the entrance, a small log cabin in a fern glen. Be sure to bring your camera!
Gaining admission for us to paint here required submitting a proposal and assuring the "powers that be" that we will use utmost courtesy in the garden spaces. We are allowed to set up and paint only where we will not block and trails and walkways, and of course only in open spaces (not the planting beds).
No food is available. If interested, we could go to lunch at Southern Season's restaurant, the Weathervane. It is about 5 minutes from the botanical garden. Let me know if you would like to do this and I will make a reservation for us.
The garden is located just off Highway 54 in Chapel Hill. It has ample parking, but you will have to walk a short distance from the parking lot to enter the fenced garden area or to access the trails in the woods.
Creek at Kiwanis Park on Oxford Rd, Raleigh Location: Raleigh Event Dates: 8/31/2010 -
Reception: 9am - 12pm
Tuesday, 9am - Noon
Near Five Points. Just a cool creek with big rocks, park near the foot bridge on Oxford Rd. No parking restrictions. No rest rooms or food.
Oxford Rd is between Overbrook or Dunhill Dr and Kenmore or Reaves Dr. It is a stretch of road that does NOT have NO PARKING signs and parallels a beautiful little creek with rocks. Royster St is on the other side of the creek where there is parking also. It is near a beautiful green way that borders Crabtree Creek, which would be a beautiful place also to paint but I will have to show people when they come. Its near 5 Points in Raleigh, with several cute cafes there.
Holly Hill Daylily Farm is located in Moncure, not far from Pittsboro. Some PAINT members have painted there before and know what a lovely scene it is with the field of lilies in bloom. Jim Massey, the owner, enjoys folk art so that abounds at the farm as well. Jim says that June 22 should be about a peak time for the daylilies.
Note: I don't remember there being a bathroom on the premises.
If you have never visited the gardens, it is quite a treat! They are only open to the public eight times out of the year when they have Open Houses. It is a Wholesale Nursery and Plant Catalogue business, but has Beautiful Botanical Gardens, waterfalls, bridges, a house with a huge succulent garden, gorgeous trees, pasture land nearby with horses. It is worth seeing, and has nice areas to paint. The website is www.plantdelights.com and the address is 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. The Phone number is 919-772-4794. Location Coordinator: Sally Sikes (email@example.com )