Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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DECEMBER

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.

Certificate in Sustainable Garden
Registration deadline December 15
Over a seven-week period in January and February we will cover 12 modules including The Big Picture, The Future, Waterwise, Mulches, Pesticides, Native vs. Exotic, Creating Wildlife Habitats, Butterfly Gardens, Native Bees, the European Honey Bee, Migratory and Resident birds, and a bonus section. Fee. beebetternaturally.com.

Lights of Magnolia
Through March 15
See America’s oldest garden in a new light with 9 acres of amazing lanterns, 23 themed displays, food trucks and fun for the whole family. Magnolia Plantation, Charleston. lightsofmagnolia.com.

Plantsmen’s Tour
December 3, 1pm-2:30pm
“Bright Spots for the Darkest Time of the Year” with Douglas Ruhren, Gardens Manager. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

13th Annual Ladies Night
December 3, 6pm
Ready for a night of fun and laughter with refreshments, door prizes and local vendors. Free. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

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

Plants of Distinction: Winter Interest in the Garden
December 5, 2:30pm-4pm
Learn about the best ways to create winter interest in the garden by choosing plants with pizzazz that offer both beauty and functionality in this final 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.

Wilson Winter Lights
December 5-9 and 12-16, 6-9pm
Walk through the Wilson Botanical Gardens to enjoy thousands of dazzling lights, music and much more. Take free pictures with Santa. Nightly music and concessions. Fee. 252-237-0113. Wilson, NC. wilsonbotanicalgarden.org.

Holiday Creations
December 6, 10am–12noon
The gardens are full of inspiration and materials to make holiday crafts. Join us for a morning of fun crafts using materials from the garden. Participants will take home their creations to decorate their homes. Parents/caregivers stay with their children and guide their children through the activities.
Drop in program. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Holiday Lights in the Garden
December 6-December 23, Friday-Sunday only 5:30pm-9pm
This year we’re celebrating the season on the Polar Express. Parents and children will be amazed by a mile-long stroll featuring thousands of lights aglow, a free caroling hayride, photos with Santa, S’mores roasting over the fire pit, entertainment on select evenings and free crafts for children. The Garden Gift Shop will be open each evening with a wonderful holiday selection. Fee. Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Fayetteville. capefearbg.org.

Winter in the Garden
December 7, timed entries
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 lights, holiday music, food for purchase, kids’ crafts, and good cheer. We will be selling timed entry tickets to this event. You may not enter the festival until the time listed on your ticket, but you’re welcome to join at any point thereafter and may stay for the duration of the event. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Family Garden Walk: The Cardinal—North Carolina’s State Bird
December 7, 9am-9:45am
With its bright red feathers and distinctive crest, the cardinal is a welcome burst of color in our winter woodlands. Join us on this guided tour of the Gardens as we look for our beautiful state bird and learn about their lives throughout the year. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

16th Annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe Craft Show
December 7, 9am-4pm
Enjoy one-stop shopping and find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list! A vast array of handmade, unique gifts for the gardeners on your holiday list includes gardening aprons, outdoor art and more. Holiday music, a raffle, bake sale and the Reindeer Cafe add festive flair. Free admission. All proceeds benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School and the enrichment of its educational programs. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill. stmcsnc.org.

First Saturday Tour: A Winter Landscape
December 7, 10am-11am
The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination. ~Terri Guillemets Bundle up and walk with us as we explore the patterns and colors of nature as winter moves in on the Garden. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Holiday Greenery
December 7, 10am-12noon or 1pm-3pm
Turn Gardens collected greenery, colorful stems, berries and pods into beautiful holiday decorations. Michelle Rawlins, horticulturist, and Beth Hall Hoffman, plant collections manager at Duke Gardens, will create demonstration models and then work with you to fashion a unique evergreen display for your home. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Holiday Wreath Workshop
December 7, 1pm–3pm or 4pm–6pm
Decorate your home for the holidays with a designer wreath that you made at the JC Raulston Arboretum. This holiday workshop will provide hands-on instruction and all the materials needed to create a wreath of your own, including a vast assortment of greens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Wine and Wreaths Workshop
December 7, 7pm–9pm
Our annual wreath workshop is the perfect start to the holiday season. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine and other beverages as you make a wreath to decorate your home for the holidays. This holiday workshop will provide hands-on instruction and all the materials needed to create a wreath of your own, including a vast assortment of greens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Winter Wonderland Festival
December 8, 2pm-4pm
Gather your family together and celebrate the season with winter-themed crafts, storytelling, cookie decorating, festive music and photo ops with Snowflake, our resident snowperson. For adults and children together; all ages. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

LUNCHBOX Talk: Tropical Plants that Rocked the World
December 12, 12noon-1pm
This lecture looks at five products from tropical plants that have changed the course of history. Find out how these plants have affected the lives of millions of people and have reached across time to shape the modern world. We’ll also look at a sixth tropical crop that is currently altering the course of history … but not for the better. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
December 12, 7:30pm–9pm
“Gardening with Grains” with Brie Arthur. Featuring details from both of her books, Brie shares inspiration on how to cultivate grains and veggies alongside your favorite ornamental plants by employing foodscaping techniques. Discover easy to apply management strategies for long term success while learning how to naturally improve soil and reduce the need for fertilizer and irrigation. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Photography Walk: Photographing Holiday Lights
December 13, 11am–1pm
The holiday season brings lots of interesting light displays to capture our interest as photographers. However, most of these displays aren’t on until the evening, and photographing after dark presents new challenges. Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will discuss the equipment and techniques for successfully photographing light displays. Includes an indoor practice photo shoot. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Science Saturdays: Treasures from a Winter Garden
December 14, 9am–12noon
Come celebrate the change of season with other middle schoolers and get in the holiday spirit! Learn about conifers and craft your own evergreen wreaths to take home. We will also make holiday gifts and winter cheer from other natural materials from the gardens. For students in 6th, 7th, 8th grade. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Edibles on Paper: Holiday Citrus
December 14, 1pm-4:30pm
A favorite around the holidays, the gift of an orange was a cherished symbol of joy, good luck and prosperity in many cultures received in the cold of winter. Discover painting colorful citrus in transparent watercolor. Techniques covered include color matching, wet on wet washes and detailing with drybrush. Watercolor experience helpful. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Certificate in Sustainable Garden
Registration deadline December 15
Over a seven-week period in January and February we will cover 12 modules including The Big Picture, The Future, Waterwise, Mulches, Pesticides, Native vs. Exotic, Creating Wildlife Habitats, Butterfly Gardens, Native Bees, the European Honey Bee, Migratory and Resident birds, and a bonus section. Fee. beebetternaturally.com.

Citizen Science Panel Discussion
December 17, 7pm-8:30pm
Citizen science brings people back into touch with science, building collaborations between people and scientist for data collection and observation. Both Duke Forest and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences have robust citizen science opportunities, come learn how you may become a scientist in your everyday life. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum. Fee. [email protected] Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.