Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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OCTOBER

Going Out of Business Sale
Through October 18
Big discounts on native plants. Niche Gardens, Chapel Hill. nichegardens.com.

Sculpture in the Garden
Through December 8
Over 40 works by local artists in steel, ceramic, glass, and more will interact with the curated landscapes of the Garden. Free and open to the public. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
October 1, 1pm-2:30pm
“The Year Begins Anew” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. The new year begins in three months, but horticulturally, a new season of gardening has just begun. The cooler weather of fall brings new wonders in the garden. Doug will discuss some of his favorite plants that are their best in the fall in this tour. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

The Wow Factor: Planning for Winter Garden Views
October 1, 1:30pm-3pm
Winter doesn’t have to be drab and boring in your garden, especially if you plan ahead. In this third session of a three-part series, Bobby Mottern, landscape architect and horticulture director at Duke Gardens, explains the best ways to make your garden shine by creating new and exciting vistas that are only visible when the leaves have fallen. Class both indoors and outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
October 1, 3pm-5pm
Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. Staff will provide options and demonstrate how to use materials in our hands-on outdoor learning space. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

An Herbal Primer—Perennial Herbs to Know and Grow
October 1, 7pm-9pm
Plant it once and reap the bounty for years to come with perennial herbs. Learn about new and old culinary favorites with horticulture instructor and garden designer Lauri Lawson in the second of this three-part series. Pre-registration required. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Mindfulness in the Gardens
October 2, 5pm-6pm
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens with Betsy Dessauer of Mindful Anytime. Stroll with intention, learning to employ your senses and use elements of mindfulness meditation to engage in the moment. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature-Fall Series
October 2-November 6, Wednesdays 1:30pm-3:30pm
For ages 4-5. Preschoolers will explore the marvels of changing colors, flying seeds, and migrating animals through hands-on activities, outdoor explorations, stories, crafts and group play. Snack provided. Note: This is a drop-off program. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Storytime
October 3, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Walk on the Wild Side
October 3, 10:30am-11:30am
Explore the wilds of North Carolina in seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants with curator Annabel Renwick on the first Thursday of every month. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Meet the Keepers: Chickens
October 3, 2pm-3pm
Horticulturist Lindsey Luks will walk you through the care and feeding of chickens. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Exploring the Nature of Duke Gardens: Life in the Water
October 3, 6pm-8pm
Join naturalist and educator Kim Smart in exploring the wet and wonderful world of aquatic life here at Duke Gardens through a variety of observation and exploration strategies. Se habla español. Class primarily outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Open House
October 4-5, 9am-4pm
A wide variety of hellebores plus a great selection of other plants. Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA one hour north of the Triangle. 434-252-1990. pineknotfarms.com.

Open House
October 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
Come see camellias in bloom, plus discounts. Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. 919-968-0504. camforest.com.

Fall Gardening Symposium
October 5
With guest speaker Brie Arthur on sustainable, local food production. Includes free walking tour of historic Warrenton. Fee. Pre-register. Warren County Courthouse, Warrenton, NC. warren.ces.ncsu.edu.

Fall Plant Sale
October 5, 8am-12noon
Plant Sale in the morning followed by a Curated Tour of the Garden from 1pm-2pm. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Plant Sale
October 5, 8am–12noon
Large variety of plants, including natives, at bargain prices. Hosted by the Davidson County Master Gardener Volunteer Association. Lexington Farmers Market at the Depot, Lexington, NC. Contact Frankie Mefford at 336-407-2853.

Lavender Planting Clinic
October 5, 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 Drive, Hillsborough. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org.

Friends of the Arboretum Annual Plant Distribution
October 5, 9am–9:15am
Ready, set, go!
Each fall, we offer thousands of choice and rare plants to our members, and we give them away freely. If your membership has lapsed or you would like to become a member, we will be selling membership starting at 7:30 am. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Family Garden Walk: Grasses—More than a Lawn
October 5, 9am-9:45am
Discover new places in the Gardens as you learn about the many things that live here, with a different theme each month. Free for adults and children together; all ages. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Introduction to Mushrooms
October 5, 9:30am-4pm
An introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

First Saturday Tour: Sculpture in the Garden + Fall Blooms
October 5, 10am-11am
Join us for a walk to enjoy the original works by North Carolina sculptors as part of our annual Sculpture in the Garden show set amongst our beautiful fall-blooming wildflowers. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Walk
October 5, 10am-12noon
Enjoy a fall morning at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve! TLC staff and volunteer hike leaders will guide us on this exploratory hike through the preserve. Haven’t logged a hike for TLC’s Hiking Challenge yet? Make this your first one! Leashed dogs are welcome to join. This is a free event but pre-registration is required. Triangle Land Conservancy. triangleland.org.

Montrose Garden Open Day
October 5, 10am-2pm
Open nursery with plants propagated from this garden. If you wish to purchase plants, remember we only accept cash or checks. We expect that asters and other perennials will be in bloom as well as cyclamen and early flowering bulbs. We look forward to seeing you. There is no charge and reservations are not required. Please park next door at Cameron Park Elementary School and, for the safety and comfort of others, please leave pets at home. Montrose Garden, Hillsborough. montrosegarden.org.

Tree ID Trek
October 5, 10:30am-12:30PM
Come join our naturalists and learn how to identify some common trees found in the park. Participants will learn features of tree ID that will help year-round. No prior tree identification knowledge is necessary. Ages: 14+ Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16. Fee. Pre-register. 919-996-3141. Lake Johnson Park-Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center, Raleigh.

Growing a Backyard Medicine Garden
October 6, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Using the NCBG display gardens as our classroom, we will meet both shade-loving and sun-loving plants. We’ll learn about each plant’s growth patterns, nutrient needs and growing tips. We’ll discuss each plant’s medicinal qualities and simple preparations you can make at home, and we’ll explore differences between cultivating plants at home and wildcrafting. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 6, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

A Walk to Paradise Garden
October 6, 3pm
A musical fundraiser for the Garden performed by the Salem Community Orchestra with the music of Strauss, Joplin and Vivaldi. Social at 3pm, concert 3:30pm-4:30pm. Purchase tickets online or call 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Discovery Drop-In
October 8, 3pm-5pm
Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. Staff will provide options and demonstrate how to use materials in our hands-on outdoor learning space. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

An Herbal Primer: Herb Plants and Garden Design
October 8, 7pm-9pm
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate herbs into your garden? Join horticulture instructor and garden designer Lauri Lawson as she introduces you to the many roles herb gardens have played throughout history, and how to integrate these designs into your existing landscape in this final class of a three-part series. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Landscape Plants for North Carolina Gardens: Fall
October 9-30, Wednesdays 4pm-6pm
Join Jan Little, director of education and public programs at Duke Gardens, for an outdoor stroll as she introduces you to her favorite plants for fall gardens, and how to incorporate them into your own landscape. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Mindfulness in the Gardens
October 9, 5pm-6pm
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens with Betsy Dessauer of Mindful Anytime. Stroll with intention, learning to employ your senses and use elements of mindfulness meditation to engage in the moment. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
October 10, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Lunch and Learn: The Bird Garden-Build It and They will Come
October 10, 12noon-1pm
With Christina Larson of the Guilford Horticultural Society. Fee, bring your lunch. To register, email [email protected] Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, 215 S. Main Street. Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Food Forests: Vertically Layered Edible Gardens
October 10, 12noon-1pm
Food forests are a permaculture concept now gaining popularity as a new concept for edible public gardens in the United States. These designs are intended to mimic a forest ecosystem with layers of plantings from ground covers to canopy trees, with edible fruits and medicinals making up many of the species. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Meet the Keepers: Bees
October 10, 2pm-3pm
Assistant horticulturist and beekeeper Nick Schwab will explain the methods and rewards of beekeeping in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Exploring the Nature of Duke Gardens: Discovering Moss
October 10, 6pm-8pm
Did you know there are over 12,000 species of moss? Join naturalist and educator Kim Smart in exploring the many species here at Duke Gardens through a variety of observation and exploration strategies in the third session of this three-part series. Se habla español. Class primarily outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
October 10, 7:30pm–9pm
“Hentopia: Create a Hassle-Free Habitat for Happy Chickens” with Frank Hyman, Cottage Garden Landscaping. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Harvest Festival
October 12
Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Fall Gardening
October 12, 9am–12noon
Oozing, bubbling and exploding – pumpkins aren’t just for little ones. Middle school students experiment and enjoy the fall garden harvest during this Saturday morning program. The Yurt Yard will get its winter makeover with students helping to replant and put garden areas to bed for the winter. There will be tasty treats to make as well as plants to share! For 6, 7, 8th graders.This is a drop-off program where parents are not required to stay. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Lasting Impressions Garage Gallery Sale
October 12, 9am-12noon
Colorful leaf sculptures to hang indoors or outside, decorative leaf garden stakes, whimsical mushrooms to gather moss in your garden, and of course Hypertufa troughs in many sizes. All Lasting Impressions’ art is 20% off for this sale. Includes locally grown plants from our gardens to share. 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh.

Fall Festival
October 12, 9am-5pm
Food, games, sales, giveaways. Atlantic Gardening Center, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Fall Tree Ramble
October 12, 9:30am-11:30am
Fall is the perfect time to learn more about how trees communicate with each other and their influences on our lives. Katie Rose Levin, arborist at Leaf and Limb, will lead a walk through the Gardens showcasing the many wonderful trees in our collection. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Family Workshop: Animals in the Garden
October 12, 10am-12noon
Discover how birds, insects, worms and other animals can help your garden grow. Make a habitat to attract native pollinators to your garden. For adults and children together; all ages. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The Nature of Drawing: Autumn Sketchbook
October 12, 10am–4pm
If you’re curious about the joy of drawing outdoors, join Preston Montague at the JCRA for a full-day workshop using the arboretum as a studio. Designed with the beginner in mind, but open to all skill levels. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Wild Mushroom ID 101
October 12, 11am-1:30pm
Join TLC for an October nature walk where we will learn tips and tricks for identifying wild mushrooms at White Pines Nature Preserve. A mushroom expert and volunteer will be guiding us along the trails to find the best spots for wild mushrooms, which we will learn how to ID. The mushroom pictured was found by mushroom expert and volunteer Susannah. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes, and bring sunscreen, bug spray, and water with you. Leashed dogs are also welcome to join in the fun. This is a free event but does require registration. Triangle Land Conservancy. triangleland.org.

Early Autumn at Mason Farm
October 12, 1pm-4pm
An in-depth tour of Mason Farm’s Old Farm Trail that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history, and learn about the intense management of both field and forest here. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Japanese Tea Gathering: Moon-Viewing Tea
October 12, 6:45pm-8:15pm
Join us for an intimate evening in the Duke Gardens teahouse as you experience the calm and introspection of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Appreciate the beauty of an autumn evening and the pleasures of the moment as you enjoy freshly brewed tea and light refreshments. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Calligraphy
October 13 and 20, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Students learn how to make letterforms using the correct stroke sequence for lower and upper case letters with dip-pen in ink and watercolor paint. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Swiftbrook Gardens Open Day
October 13, 1:30pm-6:30pm
Visitors are welcome to stroll Swiftbrook Gardens, a restful retreat with native plants and wildlife recognized as an NC Native Plant Habitat and a National Wildlife Federation certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat. Details at gardenerbynature.com.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 13, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Naturalist Class: Edible Botany (ages 5-6)
October 14, 10:30am-11:30am
Come learn about plant parts and classification as we taste our way through the edible plants of Duke Gardens. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Adult chaperone recommended. Please ask about our younger sibling policy. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Class: Edible Botany (ages 7-9)
October 14, 10:30am-12noon
Come learn about plant parts and classification as we taste our way through the edible plants of Duke Gardens. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Adult chaperone recommended. Please ask about our younger sibling policy. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
October 15, 3pm-5pm
Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. Staff will provide options and demonstrate how to use materials in our hands-on outdoor learning space. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Why We Study Soil
October 15, 7pm-8:30pm
Soil is the basis of all garden success. Dr. David Crouse, professor and undergraduate teaching coordinator of Crop and Soil Science at North Carolina State University, will outline some of the basic ecoservices provided by soil to give you the big picture of how soil impacts your garden and some specifics about about how you can work to improve your soil. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum. Fee. [email protected] Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Sorting Out Plant Names
October 16, 7pm-9pm
Plant names do not have to be “Latin to You”! Explore the system of plant names and the organization of plant kingdoms. This will help you understand more about plants and their needs so you can be a better gardener. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
October 17, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Meet the Keepers: Plants
October 17, 2pm-3pm
Curator and horticulturist Jason Holmes explores our diverse cacti collection and how he keeps these colorful plants alive and thriving in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fern Propagation Workshop
October 19, 9am–12noon
Learn about the reproductive cycle of ferns and how to propagate them from spores in this hands-on workshop. Participants will be introduced to terms like gametophyte and sporophyte and will clean and sow spores and divide gametophytes and sporophytes. Each participant will take home a variety of ferns in various stages of development. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Mindfulness in the Gardens
October 19, 10am-11am
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens with Betsy Dessauer of Mindful Anytime. Stroll with intention, learning to employ your senses and use elements of mindfulness meditation to engage in the moment. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening Adventures in Great Britain and Ireland
October 19, 10am–11:30am
Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Becoming Friends: Native and Non-native Plants in the Garden
October 19, 10am-11:30am
Frances Harris, an NC Extension Orange County Master Gardener, will illustrate how, in just five years, she turned a half-acre square of lawn dotted with three canopy trees into a neat woodland garden oasis in the heart of Hillsborough. Held at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road in Chapel Hill. This is also the site of the demonstration Piedmont Patch. Stroll the site after that talk or return another day.

Botanical Contact Printing: Fabrics
October 19, 10am-4pm
Explore fabrics, thread, and natural dyes while learning about eco/botanical contact printing. We’ll cover vocabulary, techniques, flowers and foliage, and wild color recipes. This workshop includes hands-on activities and time in the Garden. You’ll take home two silk scarves, vintage printed fabric and a fabric sample book of different leaves, plants and pods. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Coker Arboretum Tour
October 19, 11am-12noon
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We’ll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

UNC Herbarium Tour
October 19, 1pm-3pm
Join Herbarium staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the UNC Herbarium, a research collection of plants and fungi from around the world. The Herbarium curates nearly 1 million specimens of fungi, lichens, algae, mosses, vascular plants and plant fossils. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Mallarme Chamber Players Family Concert
October 20, 1pm-2pm
Join Durham’s own Mallarme Chamber Players in the Doris Duke Center for this free family concert suitable for all ages. No registration required. Parking fees apply. For adults and children together. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Harvest Festival
October 20, 1pm-4pm
Celebrate the bounty of autumn with a festival of activities, music, demonstrations and more for all ages, led by Duke Gardens and other local groups. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Free; no registration required. Parking fees apply. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 20, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Artists in the Gardens: Landscapes (ages 7-10)
October 21, 10am-12noon
Hone your observation skills and express yourself as we investigate the garden, make connections, learn about art-making and create our own art with different media. Practice framing your view as we use perspective and composition to create landscapes based on Duke Gardens views. Join other homeschool students at Duke Gardens in a small group setting with classes designed to maximize exploration in nature. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Discovery Drop-In
October 22, 3pm-5pm
Choose from a variety of garden and nature exploration activities to do with your child. Staff will provide options and demonstrate how to use materials in our hands-on outdoor learning space. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Photography Walk – Top Tips for Photographing Fall Color
October 23, 10am–12noon
As the leaves start to turn fall colors, we are inspired to capture their glory in a photograph. Mary Louise Ravese of Bella Vista Photographywill explain her tips for how to best capture the color of the season from what photo equipment to use, to successful techniques, and advice on where and when to go to locations convenient to the Triangle area. We will then practice in the gardens of the Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Mindfulness in the Gardens
October 23, 5pm-6pm
Replenish and rejuvenate yourself with a meditative walk through Duke Gardens with Betsy Dessauer of Mindful Anytime. Stroll with intention, learning to employ your senses and use elements of mindfulness meditation to engage in the moment. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Oaks of North Carolina
October 24, 9:30am-3pm
Learn more about our rich array of native oaks, including their biology, how to identify and distinguish them, and how they interact with other species in Duke Gardens and native plant communities. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
October 24, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Botanical Gardens 2045: Adapting to the Most Diverse Nation in History
October 24, 12pm-1pm
The year 2045 marks the date when the United States is predicted to no longer be a White majority nation. Many institutions are asking how best to engage with what will be the most diverse population in the nation’s history. This talk will share broad trends impacting institutions across the country highlighting case studies where shifts in leadership, programming, and facilities are helping institutions adapt to a new normal. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Meet the Keepers: Chickens
October 24, 2pm-3pm
Horticulturist Lindsey Luks will walk you through the care and feeding of chickens. Free admission; pre-registration is appreciated. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plants of Distinction: The Prairie in Autumn
October 24, 2:30pm-4pm
Piedmont prairies were once widespread across North Carolina; now, only a handful remain. Learn about the spectacular native plants that make up this natural community and how to incorporate them into your garden in this season’s first program in our Plants of Distinction series. Class outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Extension Gardener Series: Composting
October 24, 7pm-9pm
Join the Durham County Master Gardeners as they explain the ins and outs of composting—hot, cold, and somewhere in-between. Sponsored in partnership with the Durham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Free, drop-in event; advance registration suggested at gardens.duke.edu/learn. Parking fees apply. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

BOOtanical Family Festival
October 25, 5pm-8pm
Celebrate the fall with a fun evening of hands-on nature activities. Meet green monsters, tackle the spider obstacle course, craft a magic wand and leaf critter, hear creepy crawly tales, and more. Come dressed in your favorite plant or animal costume. Food trucks. For all ages. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Early Bird Walk
October 26, 8:30am-10:30am
This program is for beginning birders and well-practiced watchers alike. Join us as we take a morning trek around the lake to find our avian friends. We will focus on both songbirds and waterfowl. Ages: 12+ Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16. Fee. Pre-register. 919-996-3141. Lake Johnson Park-Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center, Raleigh.

Propagating Woody Plants from Seed
October 26, 9am–12noon
Attend a class totally devoted to understanding how trees, shrubs, vines, and ground covers reproduce from seed and how we, as gardeners, can take advantage of that science to propagate new and interesting plants. With Bryce Lane. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Finding Your Muse at Duke Gardens: Creative Writing Workshop
October 26 and November 2, 9:30am-12noon
Artist, songwriter, and performer Kamara Thomas will lead exercises that use sensory experiences in the Gardens to sharpen observation and access creative imagery for constructing songs, poetry and creative writing. Hone your skills and improve your writing with Kamara’s guidance. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Fall Leaves in Watercolor
October 26, 10am-12noon
Learn about native trees with colorful fall foliage and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small watercolor painting of fall leaves of a tree species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Peak of Autumn at Penny’s Bend
October 26, 1pm-4pm
A two-mile hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants. Explore the fall scenery as you learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Creepy Critters and Costumes
October 26, 3pm-5pm
Come join us for Halloween fun at Horton Grove Nature Preserve! We will explore the wonders of “creepy” critters through scavenger hunts, Halloween themed games, and a delicious treat. Feel free to come in your best costume! This is a free event but does require pre-registration. See below to register. This program is open to families with children ages 4 and up. Remember to dress for the weather, and wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. Triangle Land Conservancy. triangleland.org.

Terrarium Workshop
October 26, 6:30pm-8pm
Create your own terrarium in this hands-on workshop! Personalize your piece with a container of your choice, a variety of cacti, colored stones and textural accents. We’ll cover all the plant care basics. This class is good for all levels. Enjoy complimentary wine & drinks while you DIY. Fee. City Garden Design, Cary. 919-694-5006.

Alamance Artisans’ Extravaganza
October 26-27, Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
Arts and crafts by 30+ area artisans plus refreshments and artist demonstrations. Vailtree Conference & Event Center, Haw River. alamanceartisans.com/extravaganza/.

Arboretum Guided Tour
October 27, 2pm-3pm
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Nature Walk: Saxapahaw Island Park and the Haw River
October 27, 2pm-4pm
Come explore Saxapahaw Island Park, one of the newest Alamance County parks along the Haw River Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail . We will explore the trails in the 30-acre park, find fall-blooming wildflowers, and identify the trees which grow on this sandy oasis in the Haw River. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Storytime
October 31, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

NOVEMBER

Sculpture in the Garden
Through December 8
Over 40 works by local artists in steel, ceramic, glass, and more will interact with the curated landscapes of the Garden. Free and open to the public. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Walk
November 2, 10:30am-12:30pm
Enjoy a fall morning at Brumley North! TLC volunteer hike leaders will guide us on this exploratory hike through TLC’s most visited preserve. Haven’t logged a hike for TLC’s Hiking Challenge yet? Make this your first one! Leashed dogs are welcome to join. This is a free event but pre-registration is required. Triangle Land Conservancy. triangleland.org.

A Festival of Fabulous Mums
November 3-5
See mums of all types on display. Hosted by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Nature Storytime
November 7, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Moonlight in the Garden
November 7-9
Together with the colorful and festive lighting exhibition, Moonlight in the Garden is a time to bundle up, welcome the fall season, dine at the best food trucks, enjoy the live music, have some hot cider, and roast marshmallows over the fire pits. New this year is the Arboretum’s new Air Bee & Bee, a five-star urban habitat for pollinators. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/

Early Bird Walk
November 9, 8:30am-10:30am
This program is for beginning birders and well-practiced watchers alike. Join us as we take a morning trek around the lake to find our avian friends. We will focus on both songbirds and waterfowl. Ages: 12+ Adult(s) must accompany child(ren) under 16. Fee. Pre-register. 919-996-3141. Lake Johnson Park-Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center, Raleigh.

78th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
November 9-10, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Gourd workshops, displays of gourds from around the world, and vendors of gourd seeds, crafts, art, books, t-shirts, crafting supplies, and gourds. A variety of competitive categories are awarded ribbons and prizes. Live auction Saturday at noon and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Fee. 919-996-9192. Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. ncgourdsociety.org/festival.

Nature Storytime
November 14, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Moonlight in the Garden
November 14-16
Together with the colorful and festive lighting exhibition, Moonlight in the Garden is a time to bundle up, welcome the fall season, dine at the best food trucks, enjoy the live music, have some hot cider, and roast marshmallows over the fire pits. New this year is the Arboretum’s new Air Bee & Bee, a five-star urban habitat for pollinators. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/

Nature Storytime
November 21, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens, perfect for children ages 3-6. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. A free drop-in series; no registration required. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.