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OCTOBER

Gardening Adventures with Extension Master Gardener Volunteers
“Getting a Handle on Diseases”
October 22, 10am–11:30am
Learn useful gardening strategies to limit and control plant diseases in the home landscape. With Cynthia Sollod, Wake County Extension Master Gardener. Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Sound (ages 5-7)
October 22, 10:30am-11:30am
What can you hear in Duke Gardens? Listen carefully to discover how different sounds are produced and interpreted. Is something moving over there? Was that call a greeting, a warning or a threat? Learn how listening closely can help you identify the invisible animals around you. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Naturalist Classes: Sound (ages 8-10)
October 22, 10:30am-11:30am
What can you hear in Duke Gardens? Listen carefully to discover how different sounds are produced and interpreted. Is something moving over there? Was that call a greeting, a warning or a threat? Learn how listening closely can help you identify the invisible animals around you. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Remarkable Mums Tour
October 23, 11am-12noon
Enjoy a tour of beautiful display mums grown at Duke Gardens by horticulturist Michelle Rawlins. In these docent-led tours, you will see the exhibit mums on display in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum but also learn about the methods Michelle uses to coax these chrysanthemums into such a brilliant display. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Garden Chef – Fall Tailgate: Appetizers and Snacks
October 23, 6:30pm-8pm
Make the most of your garden harvest with the fresh recipes and ideas you will learn in this class. Recipes will feature edible flowers and garden produce. The dishes will help you learn new techniques and flavor combinations, all are vegetarian. Each class ends with a tasting of what you have created. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Field Sketching
October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 1pm-4:30pm
Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. With Kathy Schermer-Gramm, Professional Artist. Fee. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

The Prairie in Autumn
October 24, 2:30pm-4:30pm
Learn about spectacular plants that offer both beauty and functionality. Take all three sections or sign up separately for each session to learn about a new group of beautiful and useful plants. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Full Moon Nature Walk at Mason Farm
October 24, 6:30pm-9pm
Join a Garden educator for a moonlit stroll at Mason Farm Biological Reserve. We’ll walk along a flat 2-mile loop, making several stops along the way to watch the moon rise and learn about the natural world after dark. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. You may wish to bring binoculars. This event is appropriate for adults and older children. No children under 10, please. No pets. With Mike Dunn, NCBG Natural Science Educator. Fee. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Nature Storytime (recommended for ages 3-5)
October 25, 10:30am
Enjoy the outdoors together with a story read aloud in the Gardens. Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

The Amazing Spiders of North Carolina
October 25, 12noon-1pm
Learn about the diverse spiders that call North Carolina home and what you can do to help! With Brian Bockhahn, Regional Education Specialist, NC State Parks. Free; preregistration required. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

BOOtanical: Pumpkins in the Garden
October 26, 5:30pm-8pm
A nature pumpkin carving contest, live critters, crafts, and treats. Funds raised benefit the Garden’s Wonder Connection program. Make sure to register in advance: space is limited. Fee. 919-962-0522. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. ncbg.unc.edu.

Traditional Japanese Tea Gatherings: Moon-Viewing Tea
October 26, 6:45pm-8:15pm
Join us for a moment of respite in the Duke Gardens teahouse, where you can experience the warmth of a traditional Japanese tea gathering. Tea guests meet at the Doris Duke Center to be escorted to the teahouse for these intimate gatherings. Daytime teas are open to children age 6 and older with an accompanying adult, at the family rate. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Lasting Impressions’ Garage Gallery Sale and Open Garden
October 27, 9am-12 noon
Choose from our hand cast leaf art and hypertufa troughs – all 20% off for the sale. And enjoy the garden, then select the plants to go in your own garden. It is definitely fall and the best time to plant. The soil is moist, the days are cool, and the sun is not so hot.  It’s a perfect recipe for successful fall planting. 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. lastingimpressionsleaves.com.

Fern Propagation Workshop
October 27, 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. With Bob Payne, Extension Master Gardener. Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Stone Paving
October 27, 9am-3pm
With good planning and execution dry-laid paving lasts for many years. Even if it needs occasional re-leveling you can use the same stones over and over. The trick is to spend most of your time on the preparation to build a durable base. Brooks will work with you, discussing design choices, measuring slope, paving preparation and installation. The class will work on a small paving project in class to give you hands-on experience. All participants must complete a participation agreement with registration. All materials included in the fee. Please bring a lunch and wear work clothes. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Terrarium Make & Take Workshop
October 27, 10:30am
Learn how to make and maintain a terrarium. 919-847-0117. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center, Raleigh.

Family Nature Night: Nocturnal Nature
October 27, 6pm-8pm
As you are getting sleepy and letting go a yawn, many of the wetland’s inhabitants are just starting their “day.” We’ll look at which animals are active in the wetland at night and go for a night hike. What might we see and hear? This is a family program and fee applies to all family participants. Please register at least 4 days in advance and dress to spend some time outdoors. Ages 5 and up. Fee. Register for barcode#226782 at https://reclink.raleighnc.gov or 919-996-2760. Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Raleigh.

Artists in the Gardens Workshops: Photography (ages 9-12)
October 29, 10am-12noon
Document details of the world around you using an artful eye and optical science. Play with the results of changing aperture, shutter speed and other camera settings as you practice using photography for documentation and artistic expression. Bring your own digital camera; any kind is great, from cell phones to DSLRs. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Day Tripping to Tarboro’s Calvary Episcopal Church
October 30, 8:30am–2:30pm
The Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro is a Gothic Revival listed on the National Rgister of Historic Places. Its beautiful design is unique to the region. Its churchyard gardens are just as beautiful. Reverend Joseph Blount Cheshire, beginning in the mid-1800s, planted the original gardens. The reverend, who was also a botanist, traveled extensively and brought back many native and exotic plants. Many still grow in the churchyard’s gardens. Join us on this day trip as we visit one of J. C. Raulston’s favorite places to take his students. Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Remarkable Mums Tour
October 30, 11am-12noon
Enjoy a tour of beautiful display mums grown at Duke Gardens by horticulturist Michelle Rawlins. In these docent-led tours, you will see the exhibit mums on display in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum but also learn about the methods Michelle uses to coax these chrysanthemums into such a brilliant display. Fee. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture
“My Life as a Perennial Gardener—Natural Habitats, Rarities, Beauties, My Nursery, and Its Showgardens in Austria
October 30, 7:30pm–9pm
In this presentation, German nurseryman Christian Kress will talk about his life as a passionate perennial gardener. He will introduce his internationally known nursery, Sarastro Stauden, located in Austria. Here, he offers up to 4,000 different hardy, herbaceous perennials but also tell stories about his botanic excursions not only within Austria but to many different countries such as Iran, Kirgizstan, Turkey, and New Zealand. Inspired by great role models such as Karl Foerster, he loves to share his passion about rare perennials that maintain and expand biological diversity in our horticulture industry. This evening, he will be speaking about unique natural habitats and the perennials that live in them, as well some history and vision behind his beautiful nursery in the Austrian lowlands. With Christian H. Kress, Sarastro Stauden, Austria. Fee. 919-513-7005. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. jcra.ncsu.edu.

NOVEMBER

77th Annual North Carolina Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
November 3-4, Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm
This festival features displays of gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, t-shirts, and crafting supplies. A variety of competitive categories are awarded ribbons and prizes. There is a live auction on Saturday at noon and a free gourd crafting table for kids. Fee. 919-996-9192. Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. www.ncgourdsociety.org/festival.

A Festival of Fabulous Mums
November 4-6, Sun. 12noon-5pm, Mon-Tues. 10am-5pm
Hundreds of blooming mums on display. Free admission. Hosted by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham. carolinamums.org.

Moonlight in the Garden
November 6-17
A magical lighting exhibition for the entire family. Live music, food trucks, fire pits, roasted marshmallows. Fee. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh. 919-515-3132. jcra.ncsu.edu.

Tender and Hardy Succulents
November 8, 12noon-1pm
With Hayden Shuping, Greenhouse Manager, Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University. Fee. 336-996-7888. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, Kernersville. cienerbotanicalgarden.org.