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JANUARY

Spectacular Holiday Blooms
Through January 6, 5pm-10pm
Enjoy a stroll through the dazzling wisteria lights, get lost in the illuminated trees along the Patio Terrace, and more surprises as you stroll to the Performance Stage. We’ve doubled the number of lit tulips and added more radiant blooms. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. 336-996-7888. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: What’s in a Name, Part 1
January 7, 11am-12noon
Learn horticulture lingo and its meaning in this online presentation with Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, and Beth Hall Hoffman, Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections Manager at Duke Gardens. What does it mean to be a species, a subspecies, an ecotype, a cultivar or a hybrid? Understanding how we name plants will help you understand the connections between plants and how they might perform in your garden. Free to all with registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

A Weekly Chat About All Things Food
Online January 13, 1pm-1:30pm
Every week, our own Cheralyn Berry, NC Cooperative Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, will answer YOUR questions about gardening, cooking, canning, and whatever food related topics you can come up with! Join us on Zoom at https://go.ncsu.edu/allthingsfood or on Facebook live at www.facebook.com/DurhamExtension/. Durham County Cooperative Extension, Durham.

Midweek with Mark – Winter Fruits
Online January 13, 3pm-4pm
Colorful fruit brightens winter landscapes and provides food for hungry wildlife. Spend your afternoon on Wednesday with Mark Weathington learning about some of the plants with the best fruit to add color to your gardens during the coldest months of the year. Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

The Piedmont Naturalist: Winter Plant Folkways
Online January 14-February 4, Thursdays 7pm-8pm
Celebrate the botanical, culinary, medicinal and gardening traditions of the Piedmont in this class led by Justin Robinson, a forest ecologist, cultural preservationist and historic foodways expert. Each class will feature specific plants, introducing you to their culture, nomenclature and history. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Winter Flora
In person January 15, February 5, February 26, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Backyard Birds with Frank Doherty
Online January 16, 9am-10:30am
A bird’s needs are really quite simple. Like most creatures, they require food, water and shelter – all of which can easily be provided in a backyard or even on a balcony in the heart of the city. Frank will discuss what you need to attract and support native and migrating birds to your yard all year. In addition, he’ll explain why it’s important to include a diversity of plant material so you have fruit, seed, nectar and shelter in each season. Free, pre-register. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. logantrd.com.

Garden Basics: Composting at Home
Online January 16, 9:30am-11am
Rhonda Sherman, extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. State University, estimates that more than 25% of your household waste could be composted. Learn more about the 12 benefits of using compost to enrich your garden. Join us to discover how to begin your own home composting program from start to finish. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/.Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Hellebores: Homeland to the Present
Online January 16, 10am–11:30am
With Dick Tyler, Pine Knott Farms. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Free. Check our website one week prior for details. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online January 16, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Fee. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey
Opens January 16
A new exhibit featuring the stunning environmental photography of Susan Patrice alongside works from members of the local community. The North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville. 828-665-2492. ncarboretum.org.

Winter Flora
In person January 16, February 6, February 27, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Taxonomy and Nomenclature: A Home Gardener’s Guide to How Plants Are Classified and Named
Online January 18-March 8, Mondays 6:30pm–8:30pm
An eight-week class with Bryce Lane that helps the home gardener understand how plants are organized, classified, and named. When we understand plant taxonomy and nomenclature, we are more equipped to select and care for all the plants we grow in our gardens. In this class, we will learn and use the botanical knowledge about plant classification and naming to improve our gardening activities. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Midweek with Mark – Winter Bark and Form
Online January 20, 3pm-4pm
Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

The Piedmont Naturalist: The Ecological Role of Insects
Online January 20-February 10, Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm
While plants convert sunlight into food, insects are the next most essential link in the ecological chain. They pollinate plants so fruits and seeds are available to us, they assist in creating healthy, fertile soils, they’re a major source of food for birds and mammals, and they act as garbage collectors of the world and control pests in important agricultural crops. Join Dr. Sarah Parsons, lecturing fellow at Duke University, to learn of the fascinating role that insects play in keeping our world healthy. We will also examine the signs of insect activity around you and discuss how to live peacefully alongside them. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Basics: Compost and Resilience
Online January 21, 3pm-4pm
The goal of commercial composting is to reimagine how we work with food waste, diverting the waste from landfills and making use of that food waste to re-build soils on a large scale. This results in a more resilient food system and helps to minimize climate change. Hear from the experts at the Raleigh-based CompostNOW about how they have made their composting program available to homeowners, businesses and restaurants. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Sustainable Garden Systems: Going Beyond Plants
Online component January 22, February 5, February 19, 10am-11:30am
In-person Field Component February 5, 2pm-3pm
The winter is a great time to plan and incorporate sustainable systems into your landscape and garden. In this course, we will introduce sustainable strategies participants can use in their home gardens to reduce environmental impact, utilize nature’s resources, and promote biodiversity. Participants will also learn about the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s sustainable features and LEED Platinum facilities, including the Garden’s focus on conserving water, reducing waste through composting, utilizing local and natural materials in landscapes and hardscapes, reducing energy, and more. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Family Garden Discovery – Bulbs
Online January 22, 10:30am–11am
Hiding underground are treasures just waiting to pop up and provide that little bit of excitement and color we need on a bleak winter day. Learn more about bulbs while searching for these garden treasures. Details HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Garden Soils
Online January 23, 8:30am–12:30pm
“If You Build It, They Will Come: Understanding and Improving Garden Soils”
with Bryce Lane. This class will help you understand basic soil principles, and how you can use that understanding to improve our garden soils, properly prepare garden beds, reduce fertilizer inputs, compost, and maximize growth in our gardens. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

What’s the Forecast? Understanding Climate Patterns and What They Mean for Our Weather
Online January 23, 9am–11am
This program will provide attendees with a base knowledge of global climate patterns that influence North Carolina’s weather patterns over seasonal and shorter timescales. Activities will give participants experience interpreting and applying federal and state resources for weather forecasts and climate outlooks for the upcoming seasons. With Rebecca Ward, Assistant State Climatologist. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online January 23, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Fee. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Structural Pruning: Ornamental Trees
Online January 26, 2pm-3:30pm
Pruning can help minimize disease, direct a tree’s growth and minimize future problems. In this online demonstration, the Duke Gardens staff will discuss goals, methods and timing while demonstrating proper pruning techniques on a small tree (under 15 ft.). Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Native Grasses in Your Landscape
Online January 26, 6:30pm-8pm
Native grasses are tough and resilient plants that can make a great addition to any home landscape. Whether you’re hoping to provide wildlife habitat, reduce maintenance, or provide a bold statement in your landscape, there’s a native grass that can meet your needs. In this course we’ll explore the importance of grasses in our landscapes, learn how to maintain and manage these species, and look at the best native grasses for a wide range of garden situations. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Midweek with Mark – Winter Foliage
Online January 27, 3pm-4pm
Visit https://jcra.ncsu.edu/midweek/ to join the program. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Skippers in the Dunes
Online January 28, 12noon-1pm
The North Carolina coast has its own species of butterfly – the Crystal skipper. This small brown butterfly can be found around sand dunes along the Crystal Coast from April to May, and again from July to August. The skipper is endemic to just a 50 kilometer stretch from Bear Island to Fort Macon State Park, and its total range is less than 3,300 ha. Join us to learn more about this unique butterfly and the team of conservationist working to keep it going strong. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Propagation: Layering and Dividing
Online January 28, 2pm-3:30pm
Wish you had more of that lovely shrub? It’s amazing how rapidly young plants grow into a landscape. In this online presentation, Beth Hall Hoffman, Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections Manager, and Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, Duke Gardens, will introduce you to the techniques of layering and dividing to grow new plants from those in your garden. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Storytime Children’s Program
Online January 29, 10:30am–11am
Join us for Garden Storytimes online! During these storytimes, we will read a story together, explore our gardens at home, and do a craft or activity together. Be on the lookout for special guests dropping by to join in the fun! Details HERE. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh.

Propagation Workshop
In person January 30, 9am–3pm
Join JC Raulston Arboretum staff Tim Alderton, Research Technician, and Christopher Todd Glenn, Programs and Education Coordinator in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants in the JC Raulston Arboretum’s collections via hardwood cuttings. Participants will go home with a greater knowledge of plant propagation and with many freshly propagated plants. Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels. Note: Many of the newly propagated plants will remain in our greenhouse for a few months and can be picked up at a later date, but some will go home with the participants. This workshop is being scheduled in advance without knowing if the JCRA will be open and that we’ll be able to offer onsite programming on January 30. If we are, mask wearing and social distancing will be required of all participants. Additionally, this workshop will be hosted outdoors if the weather permits. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Garden Basics: Vermicomposting
Online January 30, 9:30am-11am
What is vermicomposting? It’s composting with worms! Specifically, red wiggler earthworms. These amazing creatures consume about 25% of their body weight each and every day to turn your kitchen scraps into soil enriching compost. In this online presentation with Rhonda Sherman, extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science at N.C. State University, learn how vermicompost boosts soil nutrients, improves drainage, and helps plants grow bigger and stronger so you get the most from your garden and landscape. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online January 30, 11am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Drawing and Painting with Watercolor Pencils
Online January 30, 1pm-4:30pm
Have you ever wondered what to do with those watercolor pencils gathering dust in your studio? They can be used to make beautiful art. Watercolor pencils are an interesting blend of drawing and painting. They are fantastic for field sketching, for making art while traveling, and for working plein air. Learn various techniques using watercolor pencils as we all work on a project over Zoom. The class will have demonstration time as well as student work time. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

FEBRUARY

Structural Pruning: Shrubs
Online February 2, 2pm-3:30pm
Pruning can help minimize disease, direct growth and lessen future problems. In this online presentation, the Duke Gardens horticulture staff will discuss goals, methods and timing while demonstrating proper pruning techniques on several shrubs. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Basics: Building Better Soil
Online February 3 & 10, 3pm-4:30pm
As any gardener will tell you, soil is not dirt! Every day we are learning more about soil and its role in a healthy ecology. In this online presentation with Annabel Renwick, curator of Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at Duke Gardens, will discuss with you how to assess your soil, how to feed soil and encourage soil microorganisms, and how to continue improving soil using the natural systems that make life possible for all. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Wednesday Wine & Weeds
February 3, 4pm-6pm
Get your hands dirty in our Pollinator Garden while sipping wine and other tasty beverages compliments of The Well Fed Community Garden!
All ages are welcome. We are limiting attendance to 8 people so we can make sure we all have enough room to maintain a proper distance. Free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr, Raleigh.

Virtual Walk on the Wild Side: Fungal Follow Up 
Online February 4, 11am-12noon
In this online Walk on the Wild Side, Maegan Luckett, horticulturist of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, will expand on her earlier fungal talk by featuring the intersection between people and fungi, considering folklore, medicinal uses, fungal disease and a glimpse into some interesting plans for future use of fungi. Free to all with registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Basics: Duke Gardens Composting
Online February 4, 3pm-4pm
Using an innovative and rapid composting system, Duke Gardens manages the compostable landscape waste from the entire university campus. Take a virtual tour of the Gardens’ composting system and learn how we turn waste into valuable compost and mulch that enriches soil in Gardens and campus plant beds with Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens, and assistant horticulturist Nick Schwab. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Garden Basics: Beginning a Vegetable Garden
Online February 4 & 18, 7pm-8:30pm
One of the most challenging aspects of starting a vegetable garden is the starting: Where to locate your garden, how to eliminate the lawn and other plants growing there now, and then how to amend the soil. Artist, naturalist and gardener Maggie Heraty will recommend a step by step process that will lead you through starting a garden plot, finding materials on a budget, and beginning to grow your favorite veggies this spring. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Gardening in the South
Online February 6, 9am–12noon
Gardening in the South is back for new and experienced gardeners alike! Join us for a series of presentations that are guaranteed to expand your horizons. his winter’s speaker lineup includes Danesha Seth Carley, Basil Camu, and Bill Fonteno. Free. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Snowdrops: Crewel Embroidery Workshop
Online February 6 & 13, 9:30am-12noon
Snowdrops are often a signal that winter is waning. Author Mandy Kirby describes snowdrops as a flower of consolation and hope, saying, “I am come to calm your fears; to console you in the absence of bright days and to reassure you of their return.” Using this dainty flower, artist, teacher, and author Katherine Diuguid will introduce several crewel embroidery techniques, including split stitch, burden stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch and padded satin stitch. Your finished piece will be a 4”x6” image on linen. All skill levels welcome! Material kits will be provided with registration. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online February 6, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

How to Grow and Re-Pot Your Orchid For Beginners
Online February 6, 11am-12noon
Learn from the orchid devotees of the Triangle Orchid Society in this online presentation about various types of orchids suitable for home growing and learn their lighting, watering and fertilizing needs. The second part of the program is a Q & A session to encourage participants to ask questions about their own orchids, including the best repotting methods and places to find new orchids. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Renewal Pruning: Shrubs
Online February 9, 2pm-3:30pm
Renewal pruning is a specific technique used on shrubs with multiple canes. Think of it as strategic browsing! This type of pruning works with the plant to essentially replace – or renew – it every 3 to 5 years. It also minimized disease and keeps the shrub full and vigorous. In this online presentation, the Duke Gardens horticulture staff will discuss goals, methods and timing while demonstrating proper pruning techniques on several shrubs. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Design Basics: Using Design Principles to Guide Your Garden Plans
Online February 9, 7pm
Design principles are useful guidelines, helping you create a beautiful garden composition. These tried and true concepts give the necessary structure to succeed while also encouraging flexibility and creativity. Landscape architect and design instructor Lisa Nunamaker will introduce you to nine design principles and their applications so you can achieve a garden that feels stable, balanced and oh, so inspirational! Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Piedmont Naturalist: The Ecological Role of Oaks
Online February 9-23, Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
Oaks are one of the defining species in our world, with a long and fascinating history. In this class lead by Duke University biology professor Paul Manos, you will discover more about the evolutionary history of oaks, their biology, the role they serve in our environment, relationships with other organisms, and the part they have played in human culture and legends. In addition, Paul will also highlight his research on what the future might hold for oaks and the myriad creatures that depend on them. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Artful Botanist
Online February 9-23, Tuesdays 7pm-8pm
Both art and botany begin with observation. Drawing a plant encourages close, detailed observation. Additionally, art is also open to interpretation and play, and botanical art can be a perfect medium for exploring your own artistic style alongside your love of plants. In this class, artist, naturalist, and gardener Maggie Heraty will introduce you to the basics of botanical illustration, focusing on developing skills in realistic drawing, making useful reference sketches and photos, and finding your own unique artistic style. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Rare Wildflowers of North Carolina
Online February 11, 12noon-1pm
Join us for a virtual tour across North Carolina to see some of our most rare, beautiful and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. We will explore from the mountains to the coast and learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success. Free; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Propagation: Vegetable from Seed
Online February 11, 2pm-3:30pm
Variety is the spice of life in a vegetable garden. Starting your vegetables from seed gives you the opportunity to expand the varieties of plants you grow, from that unusual bean to the squash that the local retailers just don’t offer. Learn the benefits of growing vegetables from seed as Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens guides you through the process from germination to harvest, with assistant horticulturist Lindsey Luks and Duke Gardens volunteer Sara Smith. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

It’s for the Birds! How to Make Your Yard Bird Friendly
Online February 11, 7pm-8pm
In fall 2019, The New York Times ran an editorial titled “The Crisis for Birds Is a Crisis for Us All.” The article concluded that the loss of birds was a “staggering loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s ecosystem is unraveling.” Lynn Richardson, a longtime member of the Woodcroft Eco-friendly Landscape Committee and New Hope Audubon Society’s Bird-Friendly Habitat Committee, suggests that we all can play a role in reversing this trend. Learn how to plant and maintain your garden in a bird-friendly way. This presentation will give you the basics of creating a home landscape that will make both you and the birds happy and healthy. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online February 13, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Aroid Collection of Alan Galloway
Online February 13, 10am–11:30am
With Brandon Huber, Graduate Student, NC State University, and Jason Lattier, Director, Caine Conservatory, High Point University. Cohosted by the Piedmont Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society and the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Painting Birds in Watercolor
Online February 13, 10am-4pm
Following a brief overview of bird anatomy, students will learn how to use washes and dry-brush to paint a bird. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Grafting Workshop and Scion Exchange
In person February 13, 11am -1pm
Learn how to create fruit trees that grow multiple varieties. Introduce new fruit options to a crowded yard. Grafting is the process of attaching one variety of plant to a different variety of plant (such as a Fuji apple onto a Gala apple tree). The workshop includes a grafting demonstration that will show you how to graft and what plant combinations will be successful. Supplies for grafting will be provided. If you have fruit trees, please bring labeled “scions” (twigs) from your plants to exchange with other participants. The more plant varieties people bring– the better. Free. This event will be held in the outdoor classroom, under heat lamps, with masks to observe safe covid protocols. Please dress warmly. SEEDS, Durham. trianglefruitandnutgrowers.weebly.com or [email protected].

Design Basics: Site Assessment
Online February 16, 7pm
The best gardens begin with a reality check! You will be well served if you take a moment to confirm the site conditions: sunlight, soil, topography, surroundings, and all that exists there now. By understanding the site, you will design a landscape that integrates its unique qualities with your unique goals. Join Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little in this online presentation as she explains how to apply general principles to your particular situation. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Piedmont Naturalist: Soil—Process and Biology
Online February 17-March 10, Wednesdays 7pm-8:30pm
Duke University professor Dan Richtor’s research and teaching links soils with ecosystems and the wider environment, documenting a legacy of soil change across the Southeast due to human land use. In this class, Dr. Richtor will expand your concept of the processes that create and alter soil, as well as the essential biology present in a functioning soil to maintain a healthy environment. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Plant Propagation: Growing Native Perennials from Seed
February 18, 2pm-3:30pm
Begin the year with a plan to propagate your native perennials from seed. Annabel Renwick, curator of the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants, and assistant horticulturist Maegan Luckett will give you all the ins and outs to collect, clean for storage, and then grow plants from seed. Emphasis will be on native perennials and the value of local seed sources in preserving genetic diversity for future generations. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

26th Annual Hellebore Festival
February 19, 20, 26, 27, 9am-4pm
Pine Knot Farms, Clarksville, VA. Pineknotfarms.com.

Winter Open House
February 19-21 and 26-28, Fri-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 12noon-5pm
Camellia Forest Nursery, Chapel Hill. Camforest.com.

Winter Symposium – Eat, Drink, and Be Merry—Chocolate, Tequila, and the Intersection of Plants and People
Online February 20, 9am-12noon
Featuring Sarah Bowen, Ph.D., NC State University; Bradley Bennett, Ph.D., Florida International University; and More. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online February 20, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Botany
Online Class
February 20, 27, March 6 and 13, 9:30am-12:30pm
This course covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology, and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee; preregistration. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Plant Propagation: Cuttings
Online February 25, 2pm-3:30pm
Plants are amazing creatures. Many are able to clone themselves from a stem cutting. In this online presentation, Beth Hall Hoffman, Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections Manager and Jason Holmes, curator of the Doris Duke Center Gardens at Duke Gardens, will take you through the process and timing of collecting, preparing, and growing new woody plants from cuttings. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Pleasure and Pain of Plant Collecting, Near and Far
Online February 25, 7pm
As the Director of Horticulture & Curator for the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum in Charlotte, North Carolina, Greg Paige’s job takes him on fascinating and terrifying journeys, collecting plants to study and grow. A collected plant is then evaluated for its functional, aesthetic and ecological habits. Join us in this online presentation to learn from him firsthand what these experiences are like, favorite plants collected and what else he has encountered along the way! Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Seasonal Celebrities: Winter Plants for Your North Carolina Garden
Online February 27, 10am-11am
In this weekly online presentation with Duke Gardens director of education and public programs Jan Little, we will discuss a group of landscape plants that add beauty, texture, color and flowers to your garden. Each week begins with a general horticulture discussion and then introduces a selection of trees, shrubs and perennials, noting their native region, culture, care, design attributes and history with people. Please join us for one or all Seasonal Celebrities sessions. Register for each week through March 13 separately. Fee. Registration at https://rsvp.duke.edu/d/t7qhtj/. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

ONGOING OPPORTUNITIES

Virtual Garden Tours
Members of the Gardeners of Wake County have opened their garden gates for virtual tours of some of their gardens. Check them out here. Free.

Interested in Volunteering at Non-Profit Farm or Community Gardens?
Ongoing
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a Food Bank based in Raleigh and Durham which helps service seven counties within our area of North Carolina. And some of this food is grown in their community gardens and farm. If you would be interested in helping to grow food at these sites for those in need, please create a volunteer account and sign up here https://foodshuttle.galaxydigital.com/  *All volunteers must sign up online before volunteering* and the information that you need to know before coming to help is on the volunteer program page. Several gardens in Raleigh and Durham need volunteers.

Online Resources from Duke Gardens
Ongoing
The Duke Gardens has a resources page for families to share ways to learn, relax, and connect with the human and beyond-human members of our community, whether we go for a walk, observe the world outside our windows, notice what and who sustain us at home, or tap into virtual networks. https://gardens.duke.edu/resources
Also, check out their YouTube channel for other classes and tips. https://www.youtube.com/user/DukeGardens1

YouTube Programs from the JCRA
Check out these YouTube videos from the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWHz0c-PyBCb5YmQesmeYDA

Take a Hike
The nature trails and preserves operated by the NC Botanical Garden remain open, including the Piedmont Nature Trails, Battle Park, Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Parker Preserve, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve. Please observe the rules posted at each location and be sure to practice social distancing (stay six feet from others) while on the trails. https://ncbg.unc.edu/coronavirus/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Adult Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-adults/

Stuck at Home, Not Stuck Inside: Kids Edition
Many of us have been asked to work from home and/or limit our exposure to others. If you can, we encourage you to take time to enjoy the great outdoors right outside your door. We’ve compiled a list of activities to help you still get your Vitamin N (nature), even if you are confined to your home. https://ncbg.unc.edu/home/not-stuck-inside-for-kids/

EVENTS RESCHEDULED OR POSTPONED

Chapel Hill Garden Tour
In the interest of the health and safety of all, the Chapel Hill Garden Club has postponed its 2020 Garden Tour until April 17-18, 2021. Already purchased tickets will be honored for the 2021 Tour or refunded. The club will contact people with purchased tickets.