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Garden Talk Index

Duke Gardens staff periodically spotlights specific plants that are found in our 55-acre living collection, and related topics. This week, Doris Duke Center Gardens horticulturist Megan Botzenhart outlines the diversity of eggplants in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden this year. Read more here.

A variety of eggplants in different shapes, colors and sizes laid out on a wood table

More Garden Talk highlights:

2022:
Jan. 24: hybrid hellebores
Feb. 2: corkscrew hazel
Feb. 4: Asiatic Arboretum pond improvement project
Feb. 24: winter fragrance
March 2: saucer magnolia
March 4: spring bulbs
March 16: 'Daybreak' Yoshino cherry trees
March 28: spring ephemerals
April 5: eastern redbud
April 15: flowering dogwood
May 6: common duckweed
June 7: coral honeysuckle
June 14: beebalm
July 6: weeping bald cypress
July 13: pattypan squash
July 19: mountain mint
July 29: 'Natchez' crapemyrtle
Aug. 2: sensitive plant
Aug. 17: sweet basil
Aug. 25: leopard plant
Aug. 29: eggplants
Sept. 20: Japanese anemone

2021:
Feb. 1: kale
Feb. 10: 'Autumn Frost' butternut squash
March 26: Deer in Duke Gardens
July 28: Summer in the Vegetable Garden
August 25: hot peppers
Sept 15: obedient plant
Sept. 27: anise-scented sage
Nov. 10: fall color change
Nov. 24: southern wax myrtle
Dec. 8: Gardening for Wildlife with Wild Fruits
Dec. 15: Duke Gardens plum yew
Dec. 23: Christmas fern

2020:
Jan. 31: 'Tama-no-Ura' camellia
Feb. 3: shagbark hickory
Feb. 26: winter daphne
Mar. 3: lilac daphne
Mar. 11: weeping peach
March 21: End of the Winter Garden
April 7: epimedium 'Amber Queen'
April 14: 'Dojean' tree peony
April 22: native hedgerows
June 22: Build a Pollinator House
June 24: Aechmaea 'Yellow Berries'
June 29: Water, Water, Everywhere
July 15: blackberry lily
July 20: Japanese black pine
July 24: lavender 'Phenomenal'
Aug. 6: purple coneflower
Sept. 9: 'Moon and Stars' watermelon
Sept. 21: seashore mallow
Oct. 30: ginkgo tree
Nov. 13: native spices
Nov. 25: Letting Leaves Lie
Dec. 14: Making Compost

2019:
Jan. 3: Algerian Iris
Jan. 7: eastern white pine
Jan. 14: wintersweet
Jan. 21: variegated butterbur
Jan. 28: hazel alder
Feb. 4: dwarf palmetto
Feb. 11: magnolia pruning+tree removal
Feb. 18: giant snowdrop
Feb. 25: split corona daffodil
March 4: fairy wings
March 19: trout lily
April 9: pawpaw
April 16: Blomquist spring ephemerals
May 1: columbine
May 17: hosta 'Kiwi Full Monty'
May 22: catmint
May 31: clary sage
June 4: Disease in the Rose Garden
June 17: National Pollinator Week
July 11: feather cactus
July 22: plumleaf azalea
July 29: honey extraction
Sept. 3: surprise lily
Sept. 21: plant sale preview - ginger lily
Sept. 25: plant sale preview - pink banana
Oct. 10: Conservation horticulture + Blomquist south entrance
Oct. 14: Fall Harvest Season + Harvest Fest
Oct.20: weeping rostrinucula
Oct. 29: spiders
Oct. 30: chrysanthemums + Festival of Fabulous Mums
Nov. 25: climbing aster
Nov. 29: winter bird feeding
Dec. 16: Japanese sacred lily
Dec. 23: hollies and holiday evergreens