Summer Program: Zumba, Knife Skills and Pet Ed

Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, N.C. – The 2011 Summer Program Brochure has just been released by the Town of Cary. Of interest: for the first time, programs are listed for the new Cary Arts Center, under construction downtown. Also new: Zumba, knife skills and Pet Ed. Read more

Man Plans Run Across NC to Help Cary’s Mariposa School


Story by Matt Young. Photo by Josh Janssen.

Cary, NC – Jordan Stafford of Pittsboro N.C. is running across the Tar Heel State to raise money for the Mariposa School for Children with Autism here in Cary. You can support his worthy cause. Read more

Theater: A Reproduction Production


Story & photo by Lindsey Chester

Cary, NC – Oh Baby! A Collection of Fertility Plays, is the latest production by FATE, and weaves together eight vignettes about the hopes, dreams, and fears involved with becoming a parent. For many Cary citizens, this reproduction production should hit home. The show opens April 29, 2011. Read more

Recipes: It’s Strawberry Season!


Story by Leslie Huffman. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – I love strawberry season. Strawberries are the most delicious and versatile of fruits. And what fun it is to pick your own at one of the local strawberry farms! Here are a few wonderful recipes to make the most of Strawberry Season. Read more

Mental Health: PTSD and Law Enforcement

Story from staff reports. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – Randy Byrd, President of the Cary PBA, wrote to us to help spread the word about an upcoming seminar on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Suicide Prevention for Law Enforcement workers. Read more

Happy Earth Day

Story by Leslie Huffman

Cary, NC – The movement to protect our environment grows larger every day in communities across America. We are consistently reminded of the small ways in which we can collectively make a big difference. Read more

Conservation, Arts & Fitness Highlight 18th Annual Cary Spring Daze

Cary, NC – Bond Park is gearing up for the 18th annual Cary Spring Daze Festival on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Highlights this year include a focus on conservation, fitness and some new and unusual ways to enjoy local art. Read more

In My Cary Garden: April 20

Story and photos by Hal Goodtree

Cary, North Carolina – I like the idea of a Cary gardening column being an almanac of what grows in our town and when. So, this week, here’s what’s blooming in my North Carolina garden.

Chives and Alliums

Chives, garlic, onions, leeks and shallots – they’re all part of the allium family. Many alliums bloom in this part of N.C. at this time of year.

In my garden, we grow humble, 6″ garlic chives in a pot. They are blooming right now in a sunny spot and come back year after year. My chives need almost no care whatsoever. I barely water them. They’re also nice is omelets, salads and stir fries.


Dianthus covers about 300 species of flowers, mostly shades of pink. Mine are low-growing perennials that die back in the winter. Carnation is in the dianthus family.

Dianthus puts on a happy show in spring, then retires gracefully to the back of the garden. I have them in a sunny bed that’s only moderately watered.


When I think of indigo, I think of blue, like the color of blue jeans. It’s true, wild indigo can have deep blue flowers.

But wild indigo, a native to the North American prairies, can come in white and yellow too.

My indigo (Baptisia leucantha alba, White Wild Indigo) grows in a pretty dry bed in the shade under a plum tree. The cascading white flowers are very showy and long-lasting. The stems have a distinctly blue-green color.


April is the season for Clematis here in the Piedmont.

Clematis must love North Carolina, because it thrives in conditions from full sun all the way to partial shade.  A vining plant, Clematis explodes in April with 4″ flowers that cover the entire plant.

Different varieties have slightly different bloom times and flower sizes. They generally come in shades from pure white to pinks, blues and purples.

Easy to grow in Cary, Clematis blooms profusely in the spring and is a great way to add vertical interest to your garden. This picture is from my neighbor’s house up near the mailbox in full sun.


Also blooming in my garden this week are azaleas.

Azaleas are a most Southern of plants, with azalea festivals up and down the region. No need for me to tell you, dear readers, about the importance and beauty of azaleas in Southern gardens.

What’s Growing In Your Garden?

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Herbfest 2011 – Coming in May

Story by Lindsey Chester, photo by Marcia Hansen.

Cary, NC- Last year, the Friends of Page-Walker created a new festival in downtown Cary – Herbfest.

My daughter Emma and I attended and she was thrilled to take home a seedling that grew into a large basil plant. The festival is returning on the weekend of May 7 and has expanded to include live performances and demonstrations along with the herbs and gifts for sale.

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Cary Police Chief: This Job is “Cake”!

Photos courtesy of Wake Tech.

Cary, NC – Who could resist a photo of Cary Police Chief Pat Bazemore decorating a cake under the stern tutelage of Chef Norma Miller? We couldn’t.

Chief Bazemore got a chance to do a little cake decorating (and cake judging) at Wake Tech’s Culinary Arts Showcase at the Raleigh Convention Center on April 12. She is a graduate of Wake Tech’s Criminal Justice Technology program and was asked to be a celebrity judge for a live two-hour cake decorating challenge at the Showcase. Read more