Upcoming Classes at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

January’s Durham Garden Forum meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 4, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Doris Duke Center, Sarah P. Duke Gardens.  Mark Weathington has graciously agreed to reschedule his presentation on Camellias to February 4th.

Mark Weathington, Assistant Director and Curator of Collections, JC Raulston Arboretum, will present “Winter’s Rose, Camellias for Central NC”.  Camellias have been important garden plants for centuries and continue to be the backbone of the southern winter landscape.  This talk will travel through the rich history of camellias up to today’s modern landscapes with suggestion on growing them in central NC.

This lecture is free for Durham Garden Forum members, all others can attend for a fee of $10 ($5 for students).  As we have done in prior years any new members joining from January will received extended membership through April 30, 2015.  Membership fee remains $25 ($15 for students).  Please inform family, friends, co-workers, neighbors of this special offer. There is no charge for parking.

Other Upcoming Presentations at Duke Gardens:


Beekeeping for Beginners, taught by the Durham Beekeeping Club

Gain new skills and knowledge or refresh your skills in this introductory class on beekeeping. The instructors will cover bees as garden partners and introduce you to the equipment needed to begin beekeeping, how to select bees, and the basics of annual management and maintenance.

2 Mondays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3, 6-9 pm
Location: Doris Duke Center
Participant limit: 20
Fee: $40; Gardens members $30
Home Horticulture Certificate elective course (6 hour)


Mushroom Logs, with Andy Currin, avid vegetable gardener and horticulturist, Duke University

Enjoy fresh shitake mushrooms grown in your own garden! Each participant will be supplied with a 12” section of log, pre-drilled and ready to “plant” with mushrooms. Andy will take you through the process of seeding the log, sealing it with wax, and then maintaining it for the six months it will take to grow your first crop of mushrooms. Each log should produce mushrooms for several years.

Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 am-noon                       
Participant limit: 15
Location: Doris Duke Center                        
Fee: $35; Gardens members $30


Lightroom: Photo Management and Editing, with Al Gorham, photographer and instructor

Lightroom is an Adobe image processing and management program.  Al will work with you to introduce all the modules, reviewing how and when to use each module, making local adjustments, syncing images, soft proofing, importing images and enhancing them. Additional features such as Print, Map, Slideshow, Web and Book modules will be introduced with exercises to assist you in understanding them.  Each student must bring a laptop to all classes, with the software installed.

5 Thursdays, Feb. 6-March 6, 6-9 pm                            
Location: Meet at the Doris Duke Center
Participant limit: 15                            
Fee: $180; Gardens members $145
Nature Photography Certificate elective course (15 hours)