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Annabel Renwick: Notes from a Small Prairie

Mint Museum RANDOLPH

Monday, Oct 16

6:30PM - 8:30PM

Admission: FREE

Annabel Renwick: Notes from a Small Prairie

Annabel will talk about the natural and cultural history of the Piedmont Prairie and will summarize work done to recreate a rendition of this vanishing landscape. The southeastern Piedmont stretches north to south from New Jersey to Alabama with the Appalachian mountains and the coastal plain marking its western and eastern limits. Before European colonization the Piedmont was rife with rich savanna type ecosystems maintained by grazing and fire. Today the landscape has mostly vanished along with its wealth of wildflowers, grasses and associated wild-life. Only a few scattered prairie remnants remain.

From 2014 – 2017 the horticultural staff at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens has collected the seed for over 100 species of wild forbs and grasses from Piedmont Prairie remnants located within 50 miles of our gardens. Over 20,000 flowers and grasses have been propagated from this seed and are being displayed as part of a horticultural interpretation of a southeastern Piedmont Prairie. The project has aroused substantial interest from landscape architects/designers, land owners/managers and home-owners since its implementation.  

Annabel Renwick comes to Durham from the UK and has been at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for eight years where she is the horticulturalist in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants.  Annabel and has a   PhD in botany, and a Garden Design diploma from The English Garden School.  She has worked on the Blomquist Garden Piedmont Prairie Project since 2014.


The Charlotte Garden Club meets on the third Monday of every month from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Mint Museum Randolph. All programs are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Visitcharlottegardenclub.org for more details.

The Charlotte Garden Club was established in 1924 and is the oldest garden club in North Carolina. In 1954, it became the first affiliate of The Mint Museum. The Garden Club’s mission is to encourage the love and knowledge of all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and the artistic use of growing things through educational programs, garden tours, and related community projects. Programs bring nationally recognized experts and regional authorities in horticulture and landscape design to the Mint. Community projects include maintenance of gardens and plantings at the Mint; landscaping of Habitat for Humanity homes; and support for the Billingsville Elementary School garden. The Charlotte Garden Club’s major fundraiser is the Art in the Garden tour. Held in April, the two-day event features a tour of Charlotte gardens with plein-air artists painting in each one.

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