Learn with Us: December 2023

A Wing and a Prayer: Author Talk and Book Signing

Saturday, December 2, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Kirby Horton Hall, Inside the Doris Duke Center, free

In collaboration with Durham County Library and the Durham Library Foundation.

Join veteran journalists Anders and Beverly Gyllenhaal to hear highlights from their book  “A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds”.


Durham Garden Forum | Tue Dec 12th 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 

Primary contact: Gene Carlone <genecarlone@aol.com>

“The Cocoa Cinnamon Project: Adventures in Urban Container Gardening”

Program is online, registration is required.


Programs from the NC Botanical Gardens

35th Annual Sculpture in the Garden: 80 Works by 58 Artists

September 17 – December 3, 2023
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays


Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Biocultural Diversity Conservation for our Collective Future+

with Jillian De Gezelle, Ph.D., Ethnobotanist and Teaching Associate Professor, NC State University

Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST
Virtual and in Reeves Auditorium. free, preregistration required
Register Here


Grounded and Growing: Tales of our lives through wild pigments

with The Durham Palette artists: Jessica Almy Pagán, Cassandra Row, Shin-Yiing Yeung, Ekho Hower, Charla Rios, and Claire Alexandre

Friday, December 8, 2023, 7:00 – 8:00 PM,
Reeves Auditorium, free; preregistration required

Register Here


Programs from the JC Raulston Arboretum

The Arboretum will be offering several garden story walks in addition to workshops and educational programs. A calendar of events is at: https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php?year=2023&month=12

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Learn With Us: November 2023

Walk on The Wild Side (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Thursday, November 2, 11:00am – 12:00pm or Saturday, November 4, 9:00am – 10:00am

In person and entirely outdoors, led by Blomquist horticultural staff and trained volunteers.

Join horticulture staff and volunteers on a walk around the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants. Each month will feature a different seasonal topic related to gardening with native plants. The November walk will focus on leaf color change. See https://gardens.duke.edu/ for more information.

Fee: $10 per person; 20% discount for Duke Gardens members with discount code

Location: Meet at the gatehouse entrance to the Blomquist Garden (B2 on the map)

Lunch & Lit

Through November 6, Mondays 12:00pm–2:00pm

Suggested for students in 5th through 8th grades.
Each week, explore a different area of the garden and complete a nature activity inspired by the day’s reading. Includes a little literary analysis, a bit of nature study, some artistic endeavors, science, and more! Fee, Pre-register with jcraprograms@ncsu.edu. JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.

Try This, Not That: Overwintering Tropical Plants (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Tuesday, November 7, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Duke Gardens is home to some impressive horticulture. Join a staff expert (April Stradley) on a walk through the Gardens to see some of the special techniques, unusual plants, tricks of the trade and particular materials used that are incredible to behold but might not be feasible for the home gardener. You’ll learn about plants that require special management to thrive or stay contained, landscapes that are resource intensive and garden elements that require professional skill to build or maintain. You’ll also see examples of plants and gardening techniques that could make sense to try in your garden. See https://gardens.duke.edu/ for more information.

Fee: $22; 20% discount for Duke Gardens members with discount code

Location: Meet on the patio behind the Doris Duke Center

Midday Meander: A Strolling Conversation (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Thursday, November 9th, 12:15pm – 1:00pm

With Kavanah Anderson, director of learning and engagement.

Join us for a conversational stroll in the garden that deepens your relationship with plants. Swap plant stories, dig into horticultural history, question what you know and practice multisensory observation on a playful amble through the Gardens that delights and disrupts your understanding of what a garden can be. Expect to learn from each other, share what you know and leave with more questions than you started with. See https://gardens.duke.edu/ for more information.

Fee: Free; registration required

Location: Meet on the patio behind the Doris Duke Center

Low-Resource Landscaping Series: Covering Ground with Plants (Sarah P. Duke Gardens)

Friday, November 10th, 10:00am – 12:00pm

With Shannon Currey, education & outreach at Izel Native Plants, in collaboration with Izel Native Plants.

Gardens are often designed in ways that require significant resources—water, fertilizer, pesticides, fuel and labor. Learn how to minimize these inputs and create a garden that instead adds ecological benefits while building resilience. This installment in our low-resource landscaping series focuses on native plants for groundcovers. We’ll talk about creating a living mulch that competes with weeds, reduces runoff and erosion, and provides support for wildlife. The goal is to add big benefits while reducing inputs. During this classroom session, you’ll learn about the strategies plants use to compete and cover ground, discuss species to look for in the winter landscape for inspiration, and work through how to make smart choices in your landscape. See https://gardens.duke.edu/ for more information.

Fee: $22; 20% discount for Duke Gardens members with discount code

Location: Meet in the classroom inside the Doris Duke Center

Student U Fall Festival

Thursday, November 16th, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Come join Extension Master Gardener Volunteers as they support Student U’s Fall Festival at the W.G. Pearson Center (600 East Umstead Street). Our volunteers will be on hand to help craft some vegetable stamp post cards and as always, chat gardening with you! Visit https://studentudurham.org/ for more information.

Basket Weaving with Daylily & Iris Leaves

Saturday, November 18th, 9:00am – 1:00pm

With instructor Angela Eastman of Flag Mountain Studio

Learn to weave a basket using the iris and daylily leaves cut back from the garden in autumn. This class will cover material preparation and the twining method of weaving. Students will leave with a tiny and sweet-smelling basket. See https://gardens.duke.edu/ for more information.

Fee: $68; 20% discount for Duke Gardens members with discount code

Location: Check in at the front desk of the Doris Duke Center

Durham Farmers Market (“Ask a Master Gardener”)

Saturday, November 18th, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Come pay us a visit at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park in Downtown Durham! Durham Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will be on-site to answer any and all of your gardening questions. Visit https://durhamfarmersmarket.com for more information.

For Garden’s Sake 3rd Annual Holiday Market

Saturday, November 18th, 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join local vendors at For Garden’s Sake (197 NC-751) for their 3rd Annual Holiday Market. Durham Extension Master Gardener volunteers will be present to answer your gardening questions and join in on the holiday fun. For more information re: For Garden’s Sake and the 3rd Annual Holiday Market, visit https://fgsdurham.com/

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