Now that the warmer weather is here it is time to get outside and get working in the garden! If you are looking to add some beautiful color by planting Bearded Iris in your landscape there is no better place to get them than the Rocky Toad Road Iris Farm in North Raleigh. They are located at 1216 Rocky Toad Road off Falls of Neuse Road just a little north of Raven Ridge Road in North Raleigh. The farm is only open for a limited time each season when the Iris are in bloom and they just announced this week they will be opening TODAY Friday, April 23rd from 4pm-6pm.
I love planting Bearded Iris in my yard becasue they add a nice splash of color each spring, are super easy to grow and best of all the deer don’t touch them so you can plant them almost anywhere! Don’t worry if you can’t make it over on opening day, they will also have hours this Saturday (10am-5pm) and Sunday (2-5pm) and will be open each weekeday from 4-6pm, but make sure you don’t wait to long to stop by. They are usually open for just a week or two before they sell out for the season!
When you go to the farm be sure to bring cash to pay for the plants. The unique thing about getting Iris plants at Rocky Toad Road is that you actually get to walk the fields and point out plants you want. Proprietors Robert Wilson or Randy Ray then dig up the plants for you. They are a lot of fun and happy to give you gorwing tips and advice. Last time I was there the plants were 3 for $20 or you could try your luck with some pre-trimmed pot-luck bulbs that go for 5 for $20. All of the plants they have are sourced from a great selection of show winners they divide each year. There are lots of colors to choose from and you wouln’t find a better stock of Iris around. Happy Gardening!!
Skyline photograph by Matt Robinson of Cityscape Photography
This Thanksgiving there is a special race being held at Dix Park in Raleigh that I think is poised to become a great local holiday tradition. Don’t miss your chance to earn that turkey and stuffing and start your Turkey Day off right with the inaugural Trophy Trot 10K race! This is going to be a spectacular race put on by the great folks behind two great local businesses – Runologie and Trophy Brewing. With that excellent team behind the event you can be sure to expect a great race day experience topped off with excellent beer at the finish.
Trophy Trot 10k – Finishers Medal (Photo by Runologie)
All are welcome at this race next Thursday. Whether you are looking to set a new 10k PR or just want to burn some calories with friends before enjoying your Thanksgiving feast. No matter what your goal, this will be a great community event to be a part of and a fun way to start your holiday. Details below – Go Here to Register.
As a food blogger I’m always on the lookout for healthy dining options. I was excited to recently learn that Grabbagreen, an Arizona-based fast-casual restaurant concept known for their fresh and healthy alternative to fast food, plans to open their first Triangle location in Raleigh this September in North Hills. The restaurant will be located Lassiter District side of North Hills near Sur La Table. There are also plans for a second location to open in Cary in 2017.
Grabbagreen brings a much needed healthy dining option to this part of Raleigh. The company focus on making fast food, healthy and promotes an “Eat Clean, Grabbagreen” philosophy by serving a selection of grain and green-based bowls with fresh hormone-free and antibiotic-free proteins provided by local farms, fresh-pressed juice, handcrafted smoothies and acai bowls, breakfast and healthy kid-friendly items. Everything prepared fresh, made-to-order. Gluten-free options are also available.
For more information about their full menu visit www.grabbagreen.com. To keep tabs on progress of their North Hills location you can follow their local handles on twitter, facebook, and instagram. I will also be posting updates here as they get closer to opening and plan to share a full review of the North Hills location once it opens it doors this Fall.
Below is a quick rundown of my top picks for the weekend. Whatever you end up doing I hope you stay cool!
Raleigh RunDown 1-miler – Friday Looking to run your fastest mile ever? Then this is the race for you! The Raleigh RunDown is the fastest mile in North Carolina! This fast one mile course downhill along Centennial Parkway. The Raleigh RunDown is your chance for a PR! Resigstraition is jus
Creekside Wind Down at Triangle Town Center – Friday This Summer Triangle Town Center Mall is hosting the Creekside Wind Down each Friday from 5:30-8:30PM for Creekside Wind Down. This family-friendly summer series will feature a live band every week, plus yard games, local brews and more! Located outside the food court near the fountain. This week’s band is Peter Lamb and the Wolves.
Triangle Community Band Festival – Saturday
The Triangle Community Band Festival starts at 4pm in Durham Central Park featuring. It will include performances from The Cary Town Band, Durham Community Concert Band, Holly Springs Community Band, Raleigh Concert Band, and the Village Band! Each group will perform for a half hour and then we join together for a mass performance of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Food and drinks available for purchase from local food trucks. Admission is FREE.
Outdoor Movie at North Carolina Museum of Art – Saturday
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult classic Labyrinth with a night of music and film! Cirque de Vol and the Labyrinth Bowie Cover Band perform, followed by a screening of Labyrinth. The event includes food trucks, face painting, and a Bowie tribute wall. Doors open (and activities start) at 6:30 pm, performances start at 7:30 pm, and the movie screens at 9 pm.Tickets: $10 NCMA members, $15 nonmembers
Durham Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday This is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo. Over 50 local food trucks in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm this Sunday. Local beer will also be available for purchase. You can view the complete list of participating trucks here.
The North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual festival of art and flowers starts today and runs through Sunday, April 10th. Known as Art in Bloom, the event invites floral designers from across the state to create more than 50 beautiful floral displays interpreting masterworks from the permanent collection in the Museum’s West Building.
Designers use their skill and creativity to capture the essence of a specific piece of artwork on display in the museum. Some may create literal interpretations using flowers with matching color schemes or shapes, while others may focus on bringing the mood or emotion they sense from the artwork to life through their arrangement. In addition to the arrangements inside, there will also be nine floral displays for visitors to admire outside as part of the living art displayed along the museum grounds. The event will also feature several demonstrations by world-renowned floral arrangers and hands-on workshops.
Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite arrangement by ballot at the Information Desk in West Building. Voting ends at noon on Sunday, and the winner will be announced by 5 pm on the NCMA Facebook page.
Separate tickets are required for Art in Bloom and for individual events. The arrangements will be on display this Thursday, Saturday, Sunday from 9 am–5 pm and Friday 9 am–9 pm. Tickets are $10 for Members, $15 Nonmembers, and free for children 6 and under. For tickets and more information about scheduled workshops visit www.ncartmuseum.org/bloom.