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Fall is for planting
The ‘Autumn Gold’ willowleaf sunflower can keep your garden in bloom. | Photo by WStoday
Fall planting season is upon us. City editor Cambridge met with Jon Roethling — Director of Reynolda Gardens — ahead of this weekend’s fall plant sale, and he shared suggestions for what to plant this season.

Digging it

Most woody plants have two root growth cycles. One happens right now; another happens before plants leaf out in springtime. Roethling says it’s an important reason to get perennials, trees, and shrubs planted soon.

“You’re setting yourself up better to deal with the summer by having that. It’s twice established, so that’s why we always say Fall is for planting,” Roethling said.

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The “Florida sunshine” illicium is a hardy anise with bright gold foliage.


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All you seed is love (+ water)

Winston-Salem is in plant hardiness zone 7b. Roethling says that means our climate isn’t too hot or too cold, allowing gardeners to grow a wide range of plants.

Fall temperatures can still get warm. When that happens, new plantings will require more water. Roethling stresses watching rain totals and giving them a good soak two to three times a week when it’s dry.

Many plants will continue to flower until the first frost. In Winston-Salem, Roethling says that typically happens around Halloween (Oct. 31). However, in recent years, what’s known as a ‘killing frost’ hasn’t happened until December.

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Leafy vegetables already planted in Reynolda Gardens can give you inspiration.


Photo by WStoday

Frond of some fall favorites

Roethling advises selecting a mixture of non-invasive plants that bring you joy.

Here are a few of his recommendations:
  • The flowers of the fragrant angel coneflower smell like milk chocolate.
  • Kale, mustards, cabbages, and bok choy provide color and texture — and are edible.
  • Huechera leaves are evergreen, so you’ll enjoy its color throughout winter.
  • The Japanese flowering apricot is unique and flowers sometimes as early as January. Its pinkish-white blooms are fragrant.
Gardeners can shop Reynolda’s fall plant sale this Saturday, Sept. 30 on the front lawn of Reynolda House from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Roethling recommends arriving early.
Wednesday, Sept. 27
  • Free Breathwork Class | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 12-12:30 p.m. | Virtual via zoom | Free | Take a midday break and learn the benefits of guided breathwork.
  • Mixed Media Night | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Dose Artist Collective, 606 Trade St. NW, Winston-Salem | Free | Make your own masterpiece with collage, paint, ink, or other materials. Take the final product with you or leave it on display at INBTWN.
  • United Way of Forsyth County Community Charrette | Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 12 p.m. | Virtual via zoom | Free | Add your voice to the conversation about how to make Forsyth County a better community for everyone. Registration is required.
Thursday, Sept. 28
  • Economic Forum - Fall Edition | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 7:30-9:30 a.m. | Historic Broyhill, 3540 Clemmons Rd., Clemmons | $15-$20 | Enjoy breakfast while hearing from local leaders about economic conditions and recent news in Lewisville and Clemmons.
  • Improv 101 - Adults | Thursday, Sept. 28 | 6-8 p.m. | 419 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem | $180 | Begin learning the basics of improvisation with instructor Britt Stone over the next six weeks.
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News Notes
  • Could the best drive thru coffee in America be right here in Winston-Salem? Coffee Park Airstream on Reynolda Road is one of 20 nominees for the best drive thru coffee in the US. The business is competing to be named one of the 10 best as part of USA Today’s Readers’ Choice awards. Vote daily until noon on Monday, Oct. 23.
  • Tickets are still available to see the Grand Kyiv Ballet’s performance of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” on Sunday, Oct. 1. The show at the Stevens Center on 4th Street begins at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $60 to $90.
  • You can find unique gifts, decor, and more at the 2023 Southern Charm at the Farm at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons. The event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will feature goods from hundreds of vendors. Tickets are $5 and will be available at the gate or for purchase in advance.
  • $1.66 billion. That’s the economic impact Innovation Quarter had in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in 2022. According to a new study, the district has also been responsible for creating more than 8,300 jobs.
  • Diablo Tools has selected property in the Piedmont Commerce Center, in the Guilford County part of Kernersville, for a new warehouse and distribution facility. The Atlanta-based tool manufacturer says more than 200 jobs will be created when the space opens in early 2024. (Winston-Salem Journal)
  • A preseason poll predicts Winston-Salem State University’s men’s basketball team to finish fourth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) for the 2023-2024 season. The women’s basketball team was picked to finish seventh.
Businesses partner to serve customers
Joymongers says the change will give patrons more food options on a daily basis. | Photo by WStoday
Two businesses in West End are teaming up to bring you a meal and beer. They both say it’s a win-win situation.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 1, That Place in the West End will serve as the kitchen and additional parking for Joymongers Barrel Hall. (The brewery recently built a patio that eliminated space for food trucks.)

Here’s how it will work:
  • Guests at Joymongers can place mobile orders for food from the taproom and pay directly on their phones.
  • That Place will send a text when food is ready to be picked up. Eventually, Joymongers tells WStoday they expect food to be delivered so patrons can stay put.
  • Bring your food back to Joymongers and enjoy it inside or out on the patio.
  • When it’s time to settle up, pay your bar tab at Joymongers.
You can still park at That Place and walk to Joymongers, even if you don’t plan to order food.
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