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MARK YOUR CALENDAR – UPCOMING GARDENING EVENTS

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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.

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.

Family Garden Walk: Autumn Leaves
November 2, 9am-9:45am
Why do leaves fall? What gives them their beautiful colors? Join us on this guided tour through the Gardens as we explore the spectacular variety of autumn leaves, and the science behind the season. Free for adults and children together; all ages. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

17th Annual Holiday Open House
November 2, 9am-5pm
The unveiling of new themed trees, local gourmet food, USA made produces and more. Free. The Garden Hut, Fuquay-Varina. nelsasgardenhut.com.

Rain Garden Workshop
November 2, 10am
Join the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) for a hands-on Rain Garden Workshop at Pearl Mill Preserve in Durham (by 709 Green St). Register at https://ellerbecreek.com.

Botanizing at Occoneechee Mountain
November 2, 10am-1pm
The highest point in Orange County, this North Carolina State Natural Area is a gem, with a diversity of natural plant and animal communities not found anywhere else in the Triangle region. Join Dr. Paul Manos and Dr. Alec Motten on this 2- to 3-mile hike of moderate difficulty across the mountain. Driving directions will be sent for participants to meet at the site. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

The Wildflowers of Mount St. Helens and Mount Rainier
November 2, 10am–11:30am 
With Tim Alderton, Research Technician, JC Raulston Arboretum. 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.

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.

Plant Taxonomy
November 2, 9, 16, 1pm-5pm
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Prerequisite: Botany. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Wake Audubon’s Fall and Winter Birds Class
November 2, 3pm-4pm
Join Larry Zoller , Wake Audubon’s Educational Outreach Chairperson, as he discusses the fall & winter birds of Wake County. What birds you’ll see, how to attract them, and how to enjoy them. Pre-register. For more information please visit WakeAudubon.org. Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh.

Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture: A New Garden Ethic by Dr. Benjamin Vogt
November 3, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm
In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, and social science, we’ll explore the rich complexity of rethinking pretty and what a garden means in the anthropocene. Free. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

A Festival of Fabulous Mums
November 3-5
Enjoy dazzling displays of show chrysanthemums grown by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. Browse information booths about gardening with mums, participate in arts and crafts activities and tours of mum displays in the Gardens in this free, drop-in event suitable for all ages. Hosted by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plants of Distinction: Growing Show Chrysanthemums
November 4, 2:30pm-4pm
Learn how to grow the spectacular chrysanthemums on display in our Festival for Fabulous Mums in the second of our three-part series. Class outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Plantsmen’s Tour
November 5, 1pm-2:30pm
“Cacti, Sedums, and other Hardy Succulents” with Mark Weathington, Director. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

From Vienna to the Triangle
November 6, 10:30am-1pm
Kata Kress Wallace shares her life as a passionate perennial gardener in the USA and in her home country of Austria. Her dad owns an internationally known nursery, Sarastro Stauden, with over 4,000 herbaceous perennials on 4 acres. Kata will focus on her childhood, heritage and vision. Hosted by the Raleigh Garden Club. NC State University Club, Raleigh. Raleigh-garden-club.org.

Twilight and Night Photography Techniques at Moonlight in the Garden
November 6, 4pm-7pm
Moonlight in the Garden is a magical time to visit the Arboretum, but it can be challenging to capture in a photograph if you are not used to nighttime photography. In this special session, Mary Louise will start in the classroom, explaining the key equipment and techniques she uses to successfully capture the illuminated garden. Then the class will transition to the gardens to practice these techniques with Mary Louise’s guidance. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.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.

Walk on the Wild Side
November 7, 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.

Pen and Ink
November 7 – December 5, Thursdays 1pm-4:30pm
In this class, students learn to draw with pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Holiday Premiere Night
November 7, 4pm-8pm
Get in the holiday spirit with 20% off all holiday and gift items. Free hot and cold appetizers, punch and dessert. Live music. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. Homewoodnursery.com.

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/

Garden Buds: Fall Magic
November 8, 10:30am–12noon
Come experience the garden in the fall with a little garden magic mixed in. Garden Buds is a hands-on, seasonal themed program for preschool aged children. Exploration is through self-guided hands-on activities, creative art projects, garden walks, and stories. Parents and caregivers stay with their children and guide their children through the activities. For ages three to five with parent/adult. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Triangle Orchid Society Fall for Orchids Show
November 8-10, Fri 1pm-4pm, Sat 9am-5:30pm, Sun 12noon-4pm
See hundreds of orchids arranged in displays from the orchid societies of North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. American Orchid Society Judges will be on hand to award ribbons and possibly coveted AOS national awards. Includes talks on orchid raising in a home environment and practical re-potting skills for beginners, orchid vendors and a raffle. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

Holiday Open House
November 9
Logan’s Garden Shop, Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.

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.

Build-a-Birdhouse
November 9, 1:30pm-2:30pm
For ages 6 & up with accompanying adult. Learn all about the tiny but mighty Brown-headed Nuthatch and how to build the perfect birdhouse for this cavity-nesting songbird that needs our help. All supplies included. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Fall Retreat: Yoga & Art Journaling in the Garden
November 9, 9am-2pm
Join us for a relaxing, restorative half-day retreat on Saturday, November 9th focused on yoga & art journaling. Enjoy the beautiful fall landscape of the Garden while being led by experienced instructors on gentle yoga, art journaling, and mindfulness sessions. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Orchid Biology Simplified: What is an Orchid?
November 9, 10am
Orchids have unique characteristics which influence the care they require in cultivation. This talk for beginners, created by Dr. Nicholas Plummer, will briefly survey orchid diversity, looking at flower structure and plant anatomy to explain why orchids are different from other house plants. Held during the Fall for Orchids event at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Orchids are Easy
November 9, 10:30
Get tips for growing orchids at home! We’ll discuss techniques for reblooming, pests, diseases, and repotting. Get tips for growing orchids at home! We’ll discuss techniques for reblooming, pests, diseases, and repotting. Attendees will receive a 20% off coupon at the end of the class. Atlantic Gardening Company, Raleigh. atlanticgardening.com.

Repotting Your Orchid
November 9, 11am
Come learn the basics of repotting your orchid! Whether you bought it from a professional greenhouse or the neighborhood supermarket, your orchid will need a new home at some point. Josh Gurlitz, former TOS Board Member, will teach you how to spot the signs that your orchid is sending about how ready it is to have new space to grow. Held during the Fall for Orchids event at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

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.

Botany in a Day: Plant Responses
November 10, 2pm
Join us for a walk as we learn how plants respond to changes in their environment. How to do they survive season changes? How do they protect themselves? This program is for ages 6 and older. Child must be accompanied by an adult. Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh.

Mounting and Baskets for Orchids
November 10, 2pm
Paul Welty, former TOS Board Member & mounted orchid enthusiast, will go over the basics of choosing a mount based on the cultural requirements of various orchid species and watering habits. He’ll also cover the species like Stanhopea that must be grown in a box or basket to allow for their curious habit of blooming from the ‘bottom’ of the plant. There will be a live demonstration of mounting so you can see the methods up close and ask any questions you might have. Held during the Fall for Orchids event at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Girl Scout Program: Cadettes Tree-iffic Trees
November 10, 2:30pm–4pm
Spend the afternoon with activities all about trees! Learn about the parts of a tree and their functions, how trees are used in everyday life, create a craft with trees, and try your hand at pruning as part of this tree-iffic program. This program is designed to fulfill the requirements for Trees Badge. We have JCRA patches for all scouts who attend the program, but troops or individual scouts will need to purchase the Girl Scout Trees Badge from their Girl Scout Store. Individual Scouts must have an adult attend with them; troops should maintain the leader to scout ratio recommended by Girl Scout guidelines. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Build a Pollinator House
November 13, 6pm-9pm
Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist and beekeeper, Duke Gardens, will introduce you to pollinators and the food plants they pollinate. Then you will build a native pollinator house to use in your garden. Class is indoors and outdoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

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.

LUNCHBOX Talk: A Walk in the Garden – A Naturalist’s View of the North Carolina Botanical Garden
November 14, 12noon-1pm
Join Mike Dunn, NCBG Natural Science Educator, as he shares, through his beautiful photos, some of the many reasons to explore the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill. He will share some of his favorite times and places to visit and photograph and learn about the fascinating plant and animal communities that make this native plant wonderland so special.
Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Extension Gardener Series: Month to Month Gardening
November 14, 7pm-9pm
What’s on your to-do list this month? Join the Durham County Master Gardeners as they explain the best activities for every month of the year. Sponsored in partnership with the Durham County Center of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service. Free, drop-in event; advance registration suggested. 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/

Lights of Magnolia
November 15 – 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.

Coker Arboretum Tour
November 16, 11am-1pm
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons. Fee. Preregistration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Occoneechee Mountain Plant Guild Field Study
November 17, 9am-12noon
This group discusses and explores the uses of plants! Once per season, the group will meet off site to explore plants at other locations.

Herbicides: Controversies and Alternatives
November 19, 7pm-8:30pm
We have all been hearing about the dangers of common herbicides. Dr. Ashley Troth, Durham County Cooperative Extension Agriculture Agent will discuss current research, review common alternatives and reinforce the idea that this all suggests that an Integrated Pest Management approach is the best and healthiest choice. Hosted by the Durham Garden Forum. Fee. [email protected] Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham.

Introduction to Honey Bees
November 20, 6pm-8pm
Get an overview of beekeeping tasks and bee behavior. Nick Schwab, assistant horticulturist and beekeeper at Duke Gardens, will review a year in the life of a beekeeper and help you decide if beekeeping is for you. Class primarily indoors. Fee. Pre-register. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707 or [email protected] gardens.duke.edu.

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.

Photography Walk – Making Custom Holiday Cards Using Digital Art Based on Your Photographs
November 22, 11am–1pm
Make your holiday card extra special by creating a custom card design from one of your photographs. Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography, will demonstrate Dynamic Auto Painter software that will automatically create a digital painting from your photograph. Whether it is a nature scene or a family portrait, you can create a mini masterpiece that can then be printed on holiday cards or used in e-cards. The process is both easy and fun. Fee. Pre-register. JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Poinsettia Party
November 23
See 30,000 poinsettias, free refreshments, live music, great photo ops. Homewood Nursery and Garden Center, Raleigh. Homewoodnursery.com.

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.