Adult Programs

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Fall 2022 Program Registration

Click HERE to browse and register for fall 2022 programs.
Mushrooms, oaks, Japanese tea, techniques for noticing nature, landscape design basics—learn about all of these and more in Duke Gardens’ fall programs. From "Nature Babies" to "Botanizing on Occoneechee Mountain"—register now for engaging programs for all ages.
Looking for free programs? You’ll find a virtual film screening, the Harvest Festival, The Festival of Fabulous Mums and more on the list and below. 


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Black Botanical Brilliance
Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7-8 p.m.

Join Colah B. Tawkin, creator of the Black in the Garden podcast, for a virtual presentation on Black brilliance in botanical history, planting seeds for the future and growing a legacy.

Podcaster, comedian and lifelong nature-lover Colah B. Tawkin draws on the strength of her ancestors and her awe-inspiring range of life experiences as she becomes the ultimate “plantrepreneur.” Her aim is to build community, education and healing through garden communication centering on the Black experience. In addition to being the creator, producer and voice behind the renowned Black in the Garden podcast, Colah is the founder and head planter of The UnderGround Arborist, a nonprofit tree planting initiative of Black in the Garden LLC.

Format: Zoom link will be emailed to all registered participants

Admission: free, but registration is required.



Flowers After Hours Tours
Thursdays, Sept. 15 and Oct. 13 from 4-4:45 p.m.

Enjoy the flowers of the day at Duke Gardens on a 45-minute guided tour. The tour will end in the Gardens so you have the chance to linger and enjoy it on your own.

Free program, but registration required.
Format: Small group program size to encourage interaction.
Location: Please meet at the Doris Duke Center.

Click here to register!


Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 9, 1-4 p.m.​

Celebrate the bounty of autumn with a festival of activities, music, demonstrations and more, led by Duke Gardens and other local groups.

Free drop-in celebration for everyone! Includes family activities for adults and children together.
No registration necessary. Click here to see the event page.
Location: Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden.


The Revolution Generation: How Millennials Can Save America and the World

Fee: Free with registration.
Format: virtual on your own schedule between Nov. 1 & 7
Location: the link to view the movie will be emailed to you. Upon connecting through the link, you will be asked for some basic information, including your name, email, and country of residence.

Online with Durham-based panelists and moderator Kavanah Anderson, director of learning and community engagement at Duke Gardens.

Join us for a discussion of efforts in Durham to address the challenges of climate, racism and social injustices. The panelists will give a brief outline of their work, followed by questions, commentary and dialogue between panelists and audience.

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m.
Fee: Free to all with registration.
Format: virtual presentation.
Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Click here to register!


A Festival of Fabulous Mums
Thursday - Saturday, Oct. 27-29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Presented by the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Duke Gardens

Enjoy an explosion of color this fall during the Festival of Fabulous Mums at Duke Gardens. Show mums grown by members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society, including Duke Gardens staff, will create a dazzling floral display outdoors in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum.
Members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society will be on hand to highlight the 13 classes of mums and answer all your questions.

Free drop-In exhibit for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No registration necessary. Click here to see the event page.
Location: Throughout Duke Gardens. Learn about specific locations at the information desk.

More information

Explore the natural world at Duke Gardens in classes, lectures, workshops and free programs. We cover a wide range of topics including horticulture and home gardening to natural history, vegetable gardening, mindfulness and nature crafts.

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