Events

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DECEMBER

Tai Chi for Health
December 12, 10am-11:30am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Wine and Whimsy: Snowmen
December 13, 6pm
This painting class is a perfect date night or girl’s night out. Canvas, paint, brushes, pallet, easel and instruction provided. At the end of class, you will be amazed by your “inner artist” and the artwork you have created! Wine, beer and snacks are available for purchase to enjoy while painting your masterpiece. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Yoga in the Garden
December 13, 6pm-7pm
Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Photography Walk: Patterns
December 14, 2pm-3pm
Get ready to search out the interesting patterns in the garden! Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Holiday Lights in the Garden
December 14-17, 5:30pm-9pm
Embrace the outdoors while enjoying the Garden’s winter beauty. Festivities include a synchronized show of lights and music echoing off the Cypress Pond, a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, photos with Santa, s’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Winter in the Garden: Holiday Festival
December 15, 5pm-8pm
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the season and enjoy the peaceful holiday splendor of the garden as we celebrate the end of the year with luminarias, native plant greenery, holiday music, food for purchase, and good cheer. Free. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Breakfast with Mrs. Claus
December 16, 9am-10am
We invite you to join us for one of our favorite traditions, Breakfast with Mrs. Calus.  This is a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and make a little magic for the children in your life. Mrs. Claus will read a Christmas themed story while the children munch on a continental breakfast. At the conclusion of the story, Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and will accept letters to pass on to Santa! We will then do a Christmas themed craft to close out our morning. Mrs. Claus’ story will begin promptly at 9am, plan to arrive around 8:30am to get settled! This event is limited seating and fills to capacity every year, be sure to register to secure your spot. Garden Supply Co., Cary. gardensupplyco.com.

Lavender Holiday Celebration
December 16, 9am-5pm
Within the farmhouse, open just one special day a year, sample lavender goodies from the 1953 vintage Wedgewood oven, sip lavender hot chocolate, visit with farm hosts and lavender lovers from near and far. Meet some of the furry residents of Silver Horn Sanctuary, too. Sunshine Lavender Farm, Hurdle Mills, NC. 919-732-5533. sunshinelavenderfarm.com.

Fourth Annual Winter Activity Fair
December 16, 12noon-4pm
Gather at the Doris Duke Center to learn how the seasons are celebrated around the world with crafts and activities from many cultures. Explore the reason for the seasons, discover why there are fewer hours of sunlight in the winter, and make winter crafts such as paper snowflakes, pinecone bird feeders (no peanuts) and colorful paper chains. Free drop-in event for all ages. Adult chaperone required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Crown Yourself: The Dolci Experience in Flowers and Art
December 16, 2pm-5pm
Expand your understanding of 17th century Florence and the inspiration Florentines took from nature. The program begins at the Nasher Museum of Art with a curator-led tour of the exhibition, “The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th Century Florence.” Then moving to Duke Gardens, we will complete an arrangement of botanical materials featuring crowns of evergreens, holly and berries to create our crowns (or wreaths or centerpieces). All materials and tools provided. Fee, pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Tai Chi for Health
December 19, 10am-11:30am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Durham Garden Forum: Growing Lavender
December 19, 6:30pm-8pm
Join us to learn all about growing and using lavender. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Yoga in the Garden
December 20, 6pm-7pm
Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Wake County 4-H Junior Master Gardeners Meeting
December 21, 6pm
The Wake County 4-H Junior Master Gardeners Club (ages 4-18) builds critical life skills through engaging hands-on gardening activities. Working collaboratively with the Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener Volunteers, the Wake County Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) offer youth a rich selection of educational and developmental offerings. This monthly, yearlong program meets from September to May and youth may join at any time throughout the year. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Holiday Lights in the Garden
December 21-23, 5:30pm-9pm
Embrace the outdoors while enjoying the Garden’s winter beauty. Festivities include a synchronized show of lights and music echoing off the Cypress Pond, a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, photos with Santa, s’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Solstice Lantern Walk
December 21, 5:45pm-6:15pm
Mark the shortest day of the year with a stroll in Hillsborough. Bring a handmade lantern with LED light (no flames allowed) or make a lantern during the workshop earlier in the day. Pre-register. Hillsborough. hillsboroughartscouncil.org/lanternwalk.

Tai Chi for Health
December 26, 10am-11:30am
Practice this flowing eastern exercise with instructor Rich Martin while overlooking the Garden. Held indoors or outside depending on the weather. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Holiday Lights in the Garden
December 26-30, 5:30pm-9pm
Embrace the outdoors while enjoying the Garden’s winter beauty. Festivities include a synchronized show of lights and music echoing off the Cypress Pond, a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, photos with Santa, s’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Yoga in the Garden
December 27, 6pm-7pm
Grab your yoga mat and come rejuvenate at our peaceful yoga session in the beautiful Orangery. Come improve your flexibility, build strength, ease tension, and relax through posture and breathing techniques for beginners and experts alike! Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

JANUARY

DIY Hydroponic Workshop
January 13, 2pm-3:30pm
Learn how to grow herbs and vegetables hydroponically. Make your own mini hydroponic system during the class. Fee. The Well Fed Community Garden, Raleigh. irregardless.com/garden. @wellfedgarden.

Winter Tree ID
January 21, 2pm-5pm
Did you know you can figure out what species a tree is without using the leaves? Discover how to identify trees using bark and buds and a dichotomous key. You’ll spend time with an experienced naturalist specializing in forestry and learn skills that you can use in any formal or informal education setting. Class includes the book Winter Tree Finder (Watts) to take home. Dress for the outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh. recline.raleighnc.gov.