Charlotte Garden Club: Doug Ruhren

Doug Ruhren has over 30 years experience working with gardens that include Chatwood Camellia Gardens, Montrose, Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens and the American Camellia Headquarters. He is currently the Gardens Manager at JC Raulston Arboretum on the campus of North Carolina State University. As an independent garden designer, Doug’s work is on display at numerous gardens and nurseries around the country.

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. Visit charlottegardenclub.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.


This event is located at   Mint Museum Randolph


ArtBreak at Levine Center For The Arts

TAKE AN ARTBREAK & TOUR A MUSEUM DURING THE NOON HOUR

ArtBreak tours are free, 30-minute guided tours each third Thursday of the month at Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Whether it’s an introductory experience for a first-time visitor or a deeper cultural experience for those already familiar with Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the 30 minute tours will provide a brief but focused encounter with art with people who have a limited amount of time—and will allow time to grab lunch as well.

Note: during the months of July, August, and September, Mint Museum Uptown ArtBreak tours will be conducted outside and will feature sculptures in the immediate Uptown area:

  • “Spiral Odyssey” by Richard Hunt (Romare Bearden Park)
  • “El Caballo” and “El Toro” by Spanish artist Jesus Sanchez
  • “The Green” by Carolyn Braaksma

Visitors can choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. (Each theme lasts for three months—enough to experience all three institutions!)

Support is provided by the THRIVE Fund, established to provide financial stability to Charlotte’s cultural sector and currently administered by Foundation For The Carolinas.

(Cancelled) Charlotte Garden Club: Bradley Roberts

This event has been canceled due to inclement weather.

Come to hear this nationally known conifer expert talk about these chiefly evergreen trees and shrubs that include pine, fir, spruce, and yews. Roberts is currently the Curator of Herbaceous Plants at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens.

Bradley earned an Associate’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Horry-Georgetown Technical College in 2008.  After serving his internship at Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, Bradley went on to become the Director of Horticulture at Lockerly Arboretum in Milledgeville, Georgia.  He has also worked on the horticulture staff at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and Moore Farms Botanical Garden in Lake City, South Carolina, before returning to Brookgreen Gardens. Bradley currently works at the Norfolk Botanical Garden as the Curator of Herbaceous Plants.  A native of Horry County, South Carolina, Bradley has an affinity for southeastern natives, and is an avid conifer enthusiast who has served as the Vice President and President of the Southeast Region of the American Conifer Society

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. Visit charlottegardenclub.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.