100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC.
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, NC.
Dec. 2, 1–2:30 p.m.
The winter season brings out the best when it comes to colorful and showy barked trees and shrubs. This tour will highlight some of our favorites at the JCRA.CostFree for members, $5.00 for nonmembers.
Dec. 2, 4–6 p.m.
Decorate your home for the holidays with a designer wreath you made at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Hands-on instruction will be provided, and all participants will create a wreath of their own to take home. All materials needed for these workshops will be provided including a vast assortment of greens from the JCRA's plant collections for your wreath, however, participants are encouraged to bring items for their wreaths or to share. This workshop is open to adults and youths. Youths are welcome to participate with a caregiver. In this case, the registration fee covers both participants, but only one wreath will be made.
Dec. 4, 7:30–9 p.m.
Peter H. Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research and education, and horticultural display. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014. The author of numerous books and reports, both popular and scientific, Peter co-wrote Biology of Plants, an internationally best-selling textbook, now in its sixth edition. He also co-authored Environment, a leading textbook on the environment.
Poinsettia Open House
Dec. 7, 1–5 p.m.
NC State Floriculture is part of a national poinsettia program that tests poinsettia cultivars to determine which ones are best for consumers and for producers. You will have a chance to see these cultivars yourself and vote for your favorites. Approximately one hundred different cultivars of poinsettias—including numerous new experimental cultivars—will be on display. Stop by to see the famous 9' tall poinsettia tree. Enjoy poinsettia gardens and decorated poinsettias. Help us decide which poinsettias are North Carolina's favorites by voting for your favorite poinsettias. Listen to Christmas carols from around the world played by the Joy Recorder Ensemble while viewing the poinsettias. They'll begin at 1 p.m. and play through 5 p.m. with three 15 minute breaks. Musical instruments include recorders plus a hand drum, tambourine, and a glockenspiel. Members include Carrie Joy Bylina (director), Ruey Li, Jean Lin, Jean Bernard Luc, Chia-Fei Wang, and Kuy-may Wu.
"Sustainable Suburbia: Harnessing Nature's Superpowers in Your Yard"
Dec. 11, 7:30–9 p.m.
Home gardeners can be on the front lines of environmental preservation and restoration. Learn how to increase biodiversity, improve soil fertility, provide for wildlife, conserve water, and energy as well as decrease stormwater runoff. Over time, nature will reward you with a beautiful and healthy landscape that will save you time, money, and energy while improving the environment beyond your property line.
All plant materials and ribbon will be supplied. Please bring a pair of hand pruners and any embellishments you would like to include.
Fee: $65; Gardens members $55.
Durham Garden Forum: Container Gardening Around the World
Dec. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
On a whirlwind tour of container gardens, avid container gardener and Durham County Extension Master Gardener Leanna Murphy Dono will be certain to expand your ideas about what a container can be and how to combine plants for the best ornamental impact.
Holiday Celebration at the Gardens
Dec. 20, noon-4 p.m.
Join us for winter holiday fun featuring traditions from all over the world.
Activities will include:
• Peanut butter bird feeder
• Diwali (Hindu festival of light) rangoli patterns
• Chinese new year lanterns
• Paper snowflakes
• A menorah of your own