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Seed Starting for Spring and Summer Vegetables


as Megan Brown, horticulturist of the Doris Duke Center Gardens

Late winter is the time to start planning your spring and summer vegetable garden. Starting your vegetables from seed gives you the opportunity to expand the varieties of plants you grow, from that unusual bean variety to the squash you can't find in a grocery store. Learn the benefits of growing vegetables from seed as Megan Brown, horticulturist of the Doris Duke Center Gardens at Duke Gardens, guides you through the process from germination to harvest. Imagine delicious okra, juicy tomatoes, crunchy cucumbers and other garden-grown delights in your kitchen. Learn what to start from seed now for transplanting later and what should be sown directly into the garden. You'll get a tour of what is growing in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, plant several varieties of vegetables from seed to take home to your garden, and receive other resources for garden planning. All materials provided. Meet on the stone patio behind the Doris Duke Center. This will be a small group program that takes place partially seated indoors and partially outdoors traveling on a combination of paved and unpaved paths with some uneven surfaces and moderate inclines. Fee: $28; 20% discount for Duke Gardens members with discount code. Registration is at . Parking fees apply ($2/hr.). Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Duke University, Durham, N.C., 27705. Information: 919-668-1707,


Natural Sciences, Workshop/Short Course