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Inside the Pinehurst greenhouse

By Sarah Campbell
Pinehurst Resort

It looks like spring inside the Pinehurst greenhouse well before the season arrives.

The first batch of bulbs are delivered at the start of February. By the end of March, the 17,000-square-foot facility is filled with flowers as far as the eye can see.

About 250,000 annuals are grown inside the massive structure each year. Half of those are planted during the spring.

“We grow all the annuals for the grounds, including the clubhouses at No. 6, 7, 8 and 9,” Grounds Assistant Superintendent Chris Jones said.

Up to 10 different plants, including dwarf zinnias, begonias, marigolds and black-eyed Susans, are grown for the spring season.

“We rotate plants from year to year and grow different colors of the same plants to mix it up,” Jones said.

Fall is slightly less hectic, although the same number of flowers are planted.

“It’s mostly pansies,” Jones said. “Our spring is a little busier because we do some propagation ourselves.”

The plants spend about 6 to 8 weeks inside the greenhouse before being put out on property.

Jones and a team of three full-time staffers handle the greenhouse operation.

“We do all the watering and all the fertilizing by hand,” he said. “There’s also a lot of spacing that’s done because some plants require extra space to grow to the correct size.”

When it’s time to plant the bulbs, the greenhouse team typically receives a helping hand from the grounds crew.

“About 15,000 bulbs may be delivered in a day, so we come and help put the plugs into pots,” Grounds Superintendent Chris Burrows said.

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Betty works on the potted plants to go outside the Tennis Club.

The greenhouse staff also stays busy tending to the plants that go inside the 150 clay pots throughout the property. You’ve probably seen them around the pool and at the entrances to the spa, tennis club and clubhouses.

“We try to get all those out by Mother’s Day,” Jones said.

Betty is in charge of putting together all the potted plants, a duty she takes pride in. It’s tricky business since some of the pots are positioned in shady areas, but it’s a labor of love.

“I really enjoy it,” she said. “It’s gratifying to see how they turn out.”

When Betty is done with the potting, she spends the bulk of her time out on property tending to the interior plants.

“I do all the shining and watering to make sure they look nice for guests,” she said.

One whole section of the greenhouse is used to care for interior plants like the ficus trees used to spruce up event space.

Burrows said it’s convenient to have the greenhouse on site to cater to each group’s specific needs.

“Not every place has something like this in their backyard,” he said.

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Pinehurst’s first greenhouse was constructed with plywood back. Today’s greehouse is made of polycarbonate plastic.

Pinehurst has had a greenhouse since Burrows began work here in 1996.

“I think they built the first one around 1993 or 1994,” he said. “It was really primitive with plywood that made up the sides of it.”

Today’s greenhouse is built with polycarbonate plastic that provides good light transmission. It is equipped with a fan system to circulate air throughout the structure.

Burrows said technology has grown “leaps and bounds” throughout the past 20 years.

“All the controls are electronic now,” he said. “We used to have an old school dial.”

Those controls help regulate the temperature within the greenhouse. It hovers around 72 degrees during growing seasons.

Jones has had to get inventive to help plants that require a lot of sunlight grow during the winter. He added a large tube that pumps heat into a small plastic-covered area that houses the plants.

“It inflates and looks like a giant plastic burrito, but it works,” he said.

Sarah Campbell is the Resort’s content & social media specialist. 

 

 

 

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Join us on Instagram to participate in our virtual Easter Egg Hunt

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If you can’t make it to Pinehurst for Easter weekend, you can still get in on the fun.

Our virtual Easter Egg Hunt kicks off Friday and runs through Easter Sunday. Follow us on Instagram @pinehurstresort to play.

We’ll post photos of Easter eggs and Peter, a mischievous white rabbit, hidden in spots throughout the Resort. The first person to correctly guess where each picture was taken will receive a Pinehurst prize.

Hop over to our Instagram account to start following us now.

NOTE: Each person can only win once during the course of the contest.

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Actor Dennis Haysbert to serve as grand marshal of Pinehurst Concours

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Actor Dennis Haysbert will serve as the grand marshal of the third annual Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, a vintage car showcase set for May 2 at the Resort.  

Haysbert starred as politician David Palmer in the hit television series “24” and appeared as baseball player Pedro Cerrano in the popular “Major League” film trilogy.

He will spend two days at the Pinehurst Concours in connection with the USO of North Carolina – the event’s main charity.

“It is an honor for me to come and stand behind the USO of NC, our troops and their families for such a recognized event …,” Haysbert said. “Any time we can blend a special event like the Pinehurst Concours with honoring our military and the sacrifices that they make every day, (it) is an absolute pleasure of mine.”

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7 things to do at Pinehurst this spring

1. Take in the beauty

The iconic “Pinehurst” topiary that welcomes guests to the Carolina Hotel is a sight to behold any time of year, but it’s even more enchanting during the spring when it’s remarkably lush and green.

Everywhere you go, you’ll see flowers blooming and hear birds chirping. Take a deep breath and enjoy the smell of the Pine trees.

Experience the beauty of Pinehurst in just 30 seconds by watching the video below:

Wasn’t that wonderful? Now imagine seeing it all in person.

 2. Play golf

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Spring is one of the most intoxicating times of year to play golf at Pinehurst. The courses are in pristine shape and the weather is pure bliss.

The temperatures top out in the 70s or 80s most days, creating ideal golfing conditions.

We’ve already mentioned the beauty, but it should be said that the courses are stunning this time of year thanks to the dogwood trees and azaleas that add pops of color to an otherwise green landscape.

Click here to view of spring golf packages. /offers/category/golf-packages/

3. Hit the tennis courts

Our world-class tennis center features 18 clay and three hard courts.

Skip the gym and head for the tennis courts. You can get a great workout in while soaking up the sun.

We offer 18 clay courts and a game-matching service to connect you with local players for a friendly competition.

Click here to learn more about our tennis offerings.

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Visiting Pinehurst for the first time? Guests share their tips for a memorable trip

Donald Ross called Pinehurst No. 2 the “fairest test of championship golf.”

If you’re checking Pinehurst off your bucket list this year, you’ve probably already scoured the Internet in search of secrets to make your trip a memorable experience. 

But we know the best advice is passed down from friend to friend, so we asked our friends (OK, OK, they are technically former guests) to tell us what tips they would give a newbie. They took to Twitter and Facebook to share their best advice, which we have compiled below.

First, let us share a few tidbits from our staff.

Pose for a photo with Putter Boy: The bronze statuette is the symbol most synonymous with Pinehurst, so be sure to get a shot with him. 

Take advantage of our FREE shuttles: Park your car and leave it there until it’s time to leave. We offer complimentary shuttle service to all Resort facilities and the Village of Pinehurst during regular operating hours. Click here for more information.

Go for a bike ride: Stop by Resort Services in the Carolina Hotel to check out a bike at no charge. Be sure to ask about trail maps. Click here for details. If biking isn’t your thing, we offer a variety of other activities. 

Advice from Facebook:

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