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OCTOBER

Walk on the Wild Side
October 5, 11am-12noon
Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month with curator Stefan Bloodworth or horticulturist Annabel Renwick. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Using Our Global Seed Heritage to Address Climate Change in the Age of Consolidation of Seed Ownership
October 5, 12noon-1pm
Michael Sligh, Program Director, RAFI, discusses the challenges and opportunities of the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) Seeds and Breeds program as well as the urgent need for greater protection and resources for our common global seed heritage. Free; preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
October 5, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. Learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce and explore different ways to use herbs. Hear stories, play games and make art inspired by the garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
October 5, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition that began in Japan, Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: If you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate gentle, guided walks that support well-being through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades, many scientific studies have documented the healing effect of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Dana brings a wealth of experience in medicine, yoga, coaching and personal training to her role as a certified forest therapy guide. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Christmas, an Unveiling: Peppermint
October 6, 6pm-8pm
Join us this holiday season as Garden Supply Co. embarks on a new tradition, The Unveilings. Our Christmas story is composed of many different themed trees and sections. This season as our designers complete a tree/section, we invite you to join us for the Unveiling where you will get the first look and the first dibs on all the season has to offer. Snacks and drinks will be served. Peppermint: This tree is full of fun and whimsy and will surely set a happy tone for your Christmas season. The bright greens and reds will add a pop to any Christmas décor. Our bestselling gnomes are back for another season and will be paired with the cutest snowmen you ever did see. You won’t want to miss this Unveiling as this tree is a perennial favorite and our gnomes sold out well before Christmas last year! Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Fall Festival
October 7, All Day
Free pruning workshop, pumpkin painting, food, giveaways, live bluegrass music, pumpkin launch and more. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. 919-878-8877. atlanticgardening.com.

Lavender Planting Clinic
October 7, 8am-12noon
Learn how to properly plant lavender. Learn best practices on planting, fertilizing, pruning, and problem-solving. Gardeners are invited to bring their specific questions. The workshop runs throughout market hours, no need to register. Just attend when convenient. Hillsborough Farmers Market at UNC Hospitals, Hillsborough Campus, 430 Waterstone Dr. Hillsborough. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org.

Ask the Expert: Putting Your Vegetable Garden to Bed
October 7, 9am-10am
Cleaning up debris, scouting for pests and disease, and suppressing weeds means much less work to do in the spring… when there are so many other tasks to be done – and all at once. The cooler weather makes fall an ideal season to spend some time in the garden. Let our experts Julie and Vickie teach you all about prepping for spring in the fall. Free. RSVP’s are required. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Gardening 101
October 7 and 14, 9am-12noon
Learn how to open and prepare a bed for planting, select plants, plant them and use basic soil improvement strategies. Horticulture instructor Lauri Lawson will guide the class in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden to see theory in practice. Course meets for 2 sessions. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Soil Trotters Garden Club Plant Sale
October 7, 9am-1pm
Trees, shrubs, hard to find perennials, ferns and cool weather annuals. Members on hand to answer plant questions. Clayton Farm and Community Market, 348 E. Main Street, Clayton, NC 27520.

Calligraphy
October 7, 14, 21, 9:30am-12:30pm
This three-session course with Jessica Yee, Calligrapher and Engraver
introduces the basics of copperplate calligraphy, including how to make letterforms using the correct stroke sequence for lower and upper case letters with dip-pen in ink and watercolor paint. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Seeds and Wildflowers at Mason Farm
October 7, 9:30am-1pm
Enjoy the beauty of fall! Take a tour on the Old Farm Trail at Mason Farm, exploring the seeds and wild­flowers of this special place. Learn about the garden’s management for both field and forest on the reserve. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Introduction to Mushrooms
October 7, 9:30am-4pm
Learn about the identification, ecology and cultivation of mushrooms. Session with Henry Van Cotter, Botanist, includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Learn How to Make Compost
October 7, 10am-11:30am
Taught by Orange County Solid Waste Management’s composting expert Muriel Williman. Free. Children welcome with an adult. 919-968-2788, [email protected] Orange County Community Center Learning Garden, Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC.

Homegrown
October 7, 12pm-11pm
We’re bringing the arts into the Garden for a spectacular showcase presented by local Fayetteville artists. Film, music, dance, visual arts, spoken word and more will be featured in this hometown arts festival. Support your local artists by joining in on the fun with crafts, concerts and several unique performances that you can only find at the Garden. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature Journaling in the Garden
October 7, 1pm-4:30pm
Observe flowers, fruits, and seeds in the garden and learn how to make visual notes in a nature journal with Jane Eckenrode, Artist and Exhibit Designer. Improve your drawings though demon­strations and practice with portable drawing materials and techniques, whether you are just getting started, want to add visual notes to a nature journal, or simply enjoy drawing what you see outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Moon-Viewing Tea
October 7, 6:45pm-8:15pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open to children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Upcycling & Recycling: Making Things from Junk
October 8, 2pm
Did you know you can use an old soda or water bottle to clear clogged drains? Eggshells to help an upset stomach? You can make a solar oven from old takeout containers? Heaters from flower pots? candle holders from metal food cans? Learn to make things from scrap & save yourself money doing it. A Triangle Area Gardeners and Homesteaders workshop. Fee.
919-878-8877. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Popcorn! And Movie Time
October 8, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Come learn how popcorn came to North Carolina as a farm-to-table concept with Robert Miller, Owner of Popcorn Haven, and Jason Barbour, Popcorn Farmer. Stay for movie time! Buy popcorn to enjoy as we watch the seedy side of plants. Clever seeds do all kinds of things to get what they want! Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Harvest Workshop
October 9, 10am-12noon
Autumn’s abundance arrives with piles of fruit and vegetables. Get hands-on gardening experience when you help us bring in some of the harvest from the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. We will prepare a table of seasonal produce and share an autumn feast, as well as a garden gift to take home. For children ages 9 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Tai Chi for Health
October 10, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature for Sprouts
October 10, 10:30am-11:30am
Discover in Duke Gardens with your child. Classes combine stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects to explore the Gardens with changing weekly themes. Topics will include size and measurement, things that float, naturally sticky textures, light, air and wind, water, camouflage, and life underground. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
October 10, 1pm-3pm
Join us for an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in a “squishy corner” made especially for young children. A staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 10, 2pm
Tours start at the Wilder Visitor Center. Free. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
October 11, 6pm
Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through
posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Free. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature Storytime
October 12, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in Duke Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Buds: Pumpkin Patch
October 12, 10:30am-12noon
Children’s program. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Saving Our Rarest Seeds: Using Conservation, Science, and Partnerships to Save Our Rarest Seeds from Extinction
October 12, 12noon-1pm
From the Svalbard Global Seed Vault to NCBG, seeds are protected in seed banks throughout the world. These seed banks hold much of the world’s plant diver­sity and conduct research on improving the science of seed storage. In this presentation by Michael Kunz, NCBG Conservation Ecologist, we will explore the role of seed banks in conservation, learn the science behind the conservation, and look at global and region­al efforts to seed bank rare taxa, including how NCBG is contributing to saving imperiled plant species in the southeast. Free; preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
October 12, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. Learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce and explore different ways to use herbs. Hear stories, play games and make art inspired by the garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu. Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30-7 p.m.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
October 12, 5:30pm-7pm
Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition that began in Japan, Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: If you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate gentle, guided walks that support well-being through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades, many scientific studies have documented the healing effect of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Dana brings a wealth of experience in medicine, yoga, coaching and personal training to her role as a certified forest therapy guide. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Buds: Pumpkin Patch
October 13, 10:30am-12noon
Children’s program. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Christmas, an Unveiling: Jewel Tones
October 13, 6pm-8pm
Join us this holiday season as Garden Supply Co. embarks on a new tradition, The Unveilings. Our Christmas stor is composed of many different themed trees and sections. This season as our designers complete a tree/section, we invite you to join us for the Unveiling where you will get the first look and the first dibs on all the season has to offer. Snacks and drinks will be served. Jewel Tones: All that is rich, vibrant and ornate can be found in the Jewel Tones tree. Our nativities and religious ornaments shine against the gold and jewel colored picks, sprays and ribbons. This tree is a show stopper not only for its gorgeous colorings but also for the deep significance the tree holds for many. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Project PLANTS–Science Saturdaze
October 14, 9am-12noon
Grow Bright, Solar Light. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Spring Blooming Bulbs: Plant Now, Enjoy Later
October 14, 10am
Learn all about raising bulbs. Participants will have an opportunity to create a container garden with spring blooming bulbs. To register, call 252-438-8188 or e-mail [email protected] Fee. Vance County Regional Farmers Market.

Learn How to Make Compost
October 14, 10am-11:30am
Taught by Orange County Solid Waste Management’s composting expert Muriel Williman. Free. Children welcome with an adult. 919-968-2788, [email protected] Orange County Compost Demonstration Site, Administrative Office on Eubanks Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.

Fairy Garden Class
October 14, 11am
Create your own tiny oasis! Fun & interactive. Bring your own creative container or buy one onsite and we’ll help you plant it after class. Free, registration required. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Logan’s Annual Harvest Festival
October 14, 11am-4pm
Make fall memories while you enjoy our festival games, food, and crafts!  Take a ride around Seaboard Station on our Hayride, feed the animals in the petting zoo, pick some pumpkins, or enter our scarecrow building competition.  Does fall mean heart-warming food to you too?  Sample delicious food from locally-owned and operated vendors: baked potatoes from Stuft, mouth-watering chicken and waffles from Big C Waffles, Sweet Water Italian Ice, and of course, food from our own Seaboard Cafe! Free admission. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Family Gardening Series: It’s Pumpkin Time
October 14, 1pm-2:15PM
xplore the vegetable patch for pumpkins, hear stories about the gourd life cycle and uses, roast and eat pumpkin seeds, and decorate a mini-pumpkin to take home! Ages 5-10 with accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Papermaking with Plant Fibers
October 14- 15
In the past all paper was handmade, with lovely additions to suit the paper maker or user. Papermaker and sculpltor Gibby Waitzkin will work with you to explore the art of papermaking, including screen pouring, pulling sheets, composition, embedding botanicals, pulp painting and final preservation. We will work with plant fibers and flowers harvested from Duke Gardens to make your individual creation. Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the annual Art and Nature Exhibit at the Gardens in March 2018. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nectar Plants For Birds, Bees, and Butterflies
October 14, 10am
Lecture series by Bee Better to help gardeners develop a life-strategy for gardening that includes helping wildlife. Fee. Helen’s Haven, Raleigh. beebetter.info.

The Dirt on NC Soil
October 14, 10am-11:30am
Are you frustrated with your soil? Learn how to properly amend it and grow a beautiful lawn and garden. Free. Pre-register 919-219-9233 or [email protected] Super-Sod of Cary, Cary.

Seeds and the Essence of Creation: A Poetry Reading
October 15, 3pm-4:30pm
Five local poets bring seeds to life through their creative work. Free, preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Astronomy (children ages 5-6 + chaperone)
October 16, 10:30am-11:30am
Look up! Explore nature beyond our planet as we learn about the sun, moon, stars, and more. Discover how things in space affect Earth. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Discover diverse living things and the ways they interact with the environments that sustain them. Investigate with all senses, play games, experiment, create through crafts and more! Each class focuses on a different interdisciplinary topic. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Astronomy (children ages 7-9)
October 16, 10:30am-12noon
Look up! Explore nature beyond our planet as we learn about the sun, moon, stars, and more. Discover how things in space affect Earth. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Discover diverse living things and the ways they interact with the environments that sustain them. Investigate with all senses, play games, experiment, create through crafts and more! Each class focuses on a different interdisciplinary topic. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Tai Chi for Health
October 17, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature for Sprouts
October 17, 10:30am-11:30am
Discover Duke Gardens with your child. Classes combine stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects to explore the Gardens with changing weekly themes. Topics will include size and measurement, things that float, naturally sticky textures, light, air and wind, water, camouflage, and life underground. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
October 17, 1pm-3pm
Join us for an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in a “squishy corner” made especially for young children. A staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 17, 2pm
Tours start at the Wilder Visitor Center. Free. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: Stormwater Practices
October 17, 6:30pm-8pm
North Carolina places a top priority on protecting and enhancing our abundant water supply. Mitch Woodward, Watersheds and Water Quality agent of Wake County Extension Center, will outline the innovative programs and research he is pursuing to meet this goal and review how home gardeners can improve water quality in their backyards. Fee. Email [email protected] No pre-registration necessary. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Berries, Bark and Buds of Late Fall and Winter
October 17, 7:30pm
Jason Holmes of Sarah Duke Gardeners will take our thinking beyond flowers and foliage in looking at the fall and winter garden. Gardeners Of Wake County meeting. Open to all. Refreshments at 7pm. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. gardenersofwakecounty.org.

Day Tripping
October 18, 9am
Sandhills Horticultural Gardens at the Sandhills Community College. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall
October 18, 4pm-6pm
Expand your palette of plants with Katie Rose Levin, arborist consultant and consulting director for Leaf & Limb. Each season this class covers another group of approximately 60 plants suitable for North Carolina gardens. You will learn identification skills and design use, and learn about the culture of each plant. The fall program focuses on plants that shine in autumn, along with late-blooming perennial flowers. Each student receives a digital portfolio of plant photos. Class time is primarily spent outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
October 18, 6pm
Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through
posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Free. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Wine & Walk
October 18, 6pm-7:30pm
Plant walk through the garden center. Leashed, well-behaved dogs welcome. Must RSVP. Free. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Nature Storytime
October 19, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in Duke Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Masting and Other Tricks to Beat the Herbivores
October 19, 12noon-1pm
Explore the diverse ways plants have evolved to protect themselves from animals that might eat them, ranging from timing of seed-set to chemical warfare. With Bob Peet, Professor of Biology, UNC-Chapel Hill. Free; preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Photography Walk 
October 19, 2pm
“Textures” with Susan Bailey, Susan Bailey Photography. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
October 19, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. Learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce and explore different ways to use herbs. Hear stories, play games and make art inspired by the garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Propagating Woody Plants from Seed 
October 21, 9am
With Bryce Lane, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor Emeritus and Lecturer Emeritus, Department of Horticultural Science, NC State University. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Lasting Impressions’ Open Garden and Garage Gallery Sale
October 21, 9am-12noon
Visit the Garden with emerging fall colors, berries, and seed pods!  There will be Hypertufa troughs, hand created concrete leaves, and lots of plants for the best fall planting. 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Garden Symposium
October 21, 10am-12noon
Are you getting frustrated while gardening in clay soil? Don’t despair, we can suggest repair! Topics include learning to build a compost bin using yard scraps, utilizing worms for composting, then what can be planted in the fall in the improved garden. Fee in advance or at the door. Payment, with check payable to Gardeners of Kerr Lake, can be mailed to Warren Symposium, ATTN: Eileen Novak, 158 Rafters Lane, Warrenton, NC, 27589. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 252-213-6095. Warren County Armory Civic Center, Warrenton, NC.

Watercolor and Colored Pencil Trees and Their Seeds
October 21, 10am-12noon
Explore trees and their seeds with watercolor and colored pencil. Participants have the option of drawing and painting trees from provided materials and specimens or working with colored pencil from pen and ink prints. No art experience required. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Ready, Set, Grow: Coping with Clay
October 21, 10am-12noon
Fall symposium hosted by the Extension Master Gardeners of Vance and Warren Counties. Topics cover fall is for planting, composting and vermiculture. Fee. Warren County Armory Civic Center. 501 US Hwy 158-Bus, East, Warrenton. 252-213-6095


Containers & Such, Planting Forum
October 21, 11am
Buy one of ours or bring your own; soil is free. Create it yourself or let us help you! Free, registration required. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Make Paper That Grows: Family Workshop
October 21, 2pm-3:30pm
Join us for a scavenger hunt in the garden for super seeds and fall wonders. Then create your own plantable paper em­bedded with native wildflower seeds to take home. Ages 6 & up with accompanying adult. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Design Workshop: Succulent Pumpkin Planters
October 21, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Make a mess at our place! We’re a big fan of succulents, especially when they’re used as a centerpiece since they’re just so versatile. Enjoy making succulent pumpkin planters with Rachael. She’ll show you how easy it is to create and care for this fall favorite. Fee. RSVP required. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Made Beautifully in the Shade
October 23, 10am
Master Gardener Lecture with Sally Newman, Wake County Extension Master Gardener. Cohosted by the Extension Master Gardeners and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Water
October 23, 10am-12noon
Water, water, everywhere! Explore how water is used in Duke Gardens and in art, from building waterfalls to sketching reflections to using water as our medium. Use art to hone your observation skills and express yourself! Art can communicate everything from how you are feeling to the close relationship between a caterpillar and its host plant. We’ll explore habitats, uncover wildlife and identify plants while learning about art and making our own. Each workshop will use photography and other media, including drawing, painting and collage. Classes will include time to investigate the garden, make connections, create art and share work with the group. Join us for the full series or sign up for individual workshops. Bring your own digital camera; any kind is great, from cell phones to SLRs. All other materials provided. For children ages 9-12. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Homeschool Afternoon
October 23, 1pm
Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tai Chi for Health
October 24, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Fall Homeschool Program
October 24, 10am
Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature for Sprouts
October 24, 10:30am-11:30am
Discover Duke Gardens with your child. Classes combine stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects to explore the Gardens with changing weekly themes. Topics will include size and measurement, things that float, naturally sticky textures, light, air and wind, water, camouflage, and life underground. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
October 24, 1pm-3pm
Join us for an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in a “squishy corner” made especially for young children. A staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Field Sketching
October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 1pm-4:30pm
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. Guided exercises with Kathy Schermer-Gramm, artist, and free experimentation make for new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 24, 2pm
Tours start at the Wilder Visitor Center. Free. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Plants of Distinction: Mum’s the Word – Growing Show Chrysanthemums
October 25, 2:30pm-4pm
Horticulturist Michelle Rawlins, Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, Duke Gardens.
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all four sections or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
October 25, 6pm
Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through
posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Free. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature Storytime
October 26, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in Duke Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Nature Storytime is offered each Thursday through Nov. 16. Free, drop-in activity. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Open Hours
October 26, 3pm-5pm
Join us in our hands-on outdoor learning space! Each week a staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting. Learn about fruits and vegetables and how they grow. Plant, harvest and taste seasonal produce and explore different ways to use herbs. Hear stories, play games and make art inspired by the garden. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
October 26, 4:30pm-7:30pm
Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition that began in Japan, Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: If you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate gentle, guided walks that support well-being through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades, many scientific studies have documented the healing effect of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Dana brings a wealth of experience in medicine, yoga, coaching and personal training to her role as a certified forest therapy guide. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Halloween at the Boo-Tanical Garden
October 27-29, 6pm-9pm
Join us in costume to walk the pathways of the Garden lit by over 250 carved
jack-o-lanterns, lights and luminaries in celebration of Halloween. Play in our outside Glow area and enjoy hands-on crafts, treats, candy, and more! Refreshments available for purchase. Don’t forget your flashlights while you explore our Boo-tanical Garden! Choose an evening to experience the warm glow of lit jack-o-lanterns at this family friendly event. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Shinrin Yoku: A Meditative Walk
October 28, 9:30am-12:30pm
Take a walk in the forest and join a growing tradition that began in Japan, Shinrin Yoku. The idea is simple: If you visit natural areas, sitting or walking in a mindful way, you will feel rejuvenated and calm. Instructor Dana Galinsky-Malaguti, a certified forest therapy guide, will facilitate gentle, guided walks that support well-being through sensory immersion in forests and other naturally healing environments. In the past several decades, many scientific studies have documented the healing effect of wild and natural areas. Shinrin Yoku builds upon traditions from cultures that recognize the benefits of a mindful immersion in natural environments. Each walk will end with a refreshment and discussion. Dana brings a wealth of experience in medicine, yoga, coaching and personal training to her role as a certified forest therapy guide. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening on Rock
October 28, 10am
North American Rock Garden Society (Piedmont Chapter) Lecture with Anne Spiegel. Cohosted by the JC Raulston Arboretum and the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Brownies Program: Buggin’ Out!
October 28, 10am
Girl Scout program. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Pop-Up Class: Caring for Mums
October 28, 10am-10:15am
Fall is here… and Mum’s the word! Autumn is an exceptionally fun time of year to decorate your home both inside and out, but nothing says fall like mums. Garden mums require a minimum amount of care and look great paired with pumpkins or hay bales. Learn how to care for mums from our experts, and discover all the ways to use them in this Pop-up Class! Free. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Coffee Unites the World: How Your Morning Cup Affects Birds, Economics and the Land
October 28, 10am-12noon
Join two local experts as they discuss coffee farming and processing and how that impacts wildlife, people, and the land. Learn about the birds found in Nicaragua’s coffee farms and the ways farming affects the final cup of coffee. Enjoy a coffee tasting from Carrboro coffee roasters. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Penny’s Bend Hike
October 28, 1pm-4pm
Join us for a 2 mile hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. Penny’s Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests, remnant diabase glades, and prairies with regionally rare plants. Fee. Pre-register. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Pop-Up Class: Caring for Mums
October 28, 4pm-4:15pm
Fall is here… and Mum’s the word! Autumn is an exceptionally fun time of year to decorate your home both inside and out, but nothing says fall like mums. Garden mums require a minimum amount of care and look great paired with pumpkins or hay bales. Learn how to care for mums from our experts, and discover all the ways to use them in this Pop-up Class! Free. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Beardless Irises for Your Garden
October 29, 2pm
Friends of the Arboretum Lecture with Carol Warner of Draycott Gardens. Fee, pre-register. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A Festival of Fabulous Mums
October 29-31
Presented by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Duke Gardens
Enjoy the explosion of color this fall during the Festival of Fabulous Mums at Duke Gardens. Show mums grown by members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society will create a dazzling floral display at the Doris Duke Center. This 3-day event will include cultural and historical information, arts and crafts, gardening tips, and tours of the William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, where you will find more mums on display in a beautiful garden setting. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Rocks (children ages 5-6, chaperone)
October 30, 10:30am-11:30am
Look down! We’ll examine rocks closely to see what they can reveal about the past and observe ways that humans use them today. Find fossils, compare textures and colors, build structures, and more. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Discover diverse living things and the ways they interact with the environments that sustain them. Investigate with all senses, play games, experiment, create through crafts and more! Each class focuses on a different interdisciplinary topic. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected]edu. gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Rocks (children ages 7-9)
October 30, 10:30am-12noon
Look down! We’ll examine rocks closely to see what they can reveal about the past and observe ways that humans use them today. Find fossils, compare textures and colors, build structures, and more. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Discover diverse living things and the ways they interact with the environments that sustain them. Investigate with all senses, play games, experiment, create through crafts and more! Each class focuses on a different interdisciplinary topic. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Tai Chi for Health
October 31, 10am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Fee. Pre-register. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Nature for Sprouts
October 31, 10:30am-11:30am
Discover Duke Gardens with your child. Classes combine stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on, creative projects to explore the Gardens with changing weekly themes. Topics will include size and measurement, things that float, naturally sticky textures, light, air and wind, water, camouflage, and life underground. For children ages 3-5. Adult chaperone required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Classroom Open Hours
October 31, 1pm-3pm
Join us for an open-ended exploration in Duke Gardens’ learning laboratory. Tinker to your heart’s content, rearrange moving parts and explore the nature museum and teaching library. Or play in a “squishy corner” made especially for young children. A staff member will provide materials and be a resource for your learning explorations. For parents and children together; ages 3 and up. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

NOVEMBER

Annual Holiday Open House
November 4
Grand Opening of our Christmas Shop! Food, Fun, Family, Free! Bring canned or non-perishable items to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry. We are a drop-off site for food donations through the holidays. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Christmas Open House
November 9
Christmas traditions start with a visit to Logan’s!  Enjoy live music, festive foods, and a warm cup of hot chocolate while we help you perfect the art of decking the halls. Free. Logan’s One Stop Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

Spruce up Your Winter Garden With Evergreens: With Bryce Lane
November 11, 11am
There are many awesome evergreen plants that can add color, texture and function to your Winter garden. We will discuss some great trees, shrubs, perennials, and other special winter plants that you can use to enhance your garden and contribute to a home landscape that is truly multi-seasonal. Free. 919-878-8877. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Scott Mason Book Signing
November 11, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Faith and Air: The Miracle List (his new book releases this month!). RSVP to reserve your book. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Owl Meditation: The Silent Spirit of the Night
November 12, 2pm
Owls are the spirits of the night both physically and spiritually. In this class, we will discuss the spirits the different owls bring forth and their differences. There will be a short guided beginners meditation in the presence of live owls to help you learn which type of owl you connect with. Fee. 919-878-8877. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Bow Making Class
November 28, 10:30am
Make two bows for your holiday decorating. Class is 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Fee, preregistration required. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Bow and Fraser Fir Wreath Class 
November 28, 6pm
Class is 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Fee, preregistration required. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

Fraser Fir Wreaths and Eats
November 30, 11am
Lots of fun! Fee. Preregistration required. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.

DECEMBER

Ladies’ Night Out
December 5, 6pm-8pm
Join us for refreshments, fun and door prizes. Free, registration required.
Requesting you bring canned items to party for Fuquay-Varina food pantry. 919-552-0590. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. NelsasGardenHut.com.