Adult Programs

Duke Gardens offers classes, lectures, seminars and free programs on a wide variety of topics, from home gardening to natural history, vegetable gardening and nature photography.

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If you are a Duke Gardens member check your email soon for your program discount code that will enable you to receive the member rate online. Learn more about membership and join here to receive education program discounts, free admission to select programs & events, and more.

Durham Garden Forum

An informal group independent of Duke Gardens, the forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. Sponsored in partnership with the N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center.

Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. in the Doris Duke Center. No pre-registration necessary.

Lecture fee: free for forum members with $25 annual membership; $10 per meeting for non-members, payable to Durham Garden Forum.

For membership information, email durhamgardenforum@gmail.com.

Click here for the fall/winter 2018-19 schedule

ARBORICULTURAL TREE CLIMBING DEMO • SEPT. 18

Leaf & Limb Arboriculture Company
A climbing and roping demonstration and discussion of the value of proper tree care. This session will be both indoors and out to see the tree roping and climbing demonstration.

 

APPROACHES TO PLANTING DESIGN • OCT. 16

Preston Montague, landscape architect and artist, Lift[ED] Landscapes
A landscape design will take shape before your eyes as Preston builds a landscape design in ‘real time.’ He will work to meet a user’s goals while also exploring options and possibilities that become evident through the process of design. Learn about contemporary design strategies and how you might apply these in your own landscape.

 

GARDENING WITH HELLEBORES • NOV. 13

Richard Tyler, owner Pine Knott Nursery
Hear from expert Richard Tyler about how to successfully use hellebores in your garden, adding an array of beautiful colors, blooms times and deer resistance! Richard will review the many different species and hybrids available as well as companion plants. Pine Knott Nursery Hellebores will be available to purchase at the presentation.

 

CONTROLLING INVASIVE PLANTS • DEC. 11

Johnny Randall, Director of Conservation Programs, NC Botanical Gardens
What are the invasive plants that threaten North Carolina and how can we control these plants? Learn which plants to avoid and prevent problems before they begin. If the horse has already left the barn in your garden, Johnny will help you learn how to eradicate these thugs from your garden and landscape.

 

FRUIT AND VEGGIE VARIETIES FOR 2019 • Jan. 15

Craig Mauney, Mountain Horticulture Crops Research and Extension Center, NC Cooperative Extension
Greet the new year with information about new and emerging crops for the home garden. Perhaps expand your garden to include wasabi or upland rice! Craig will also review some exciting new varieties of both fruits and vegetables.

 

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES • FEB. 19

Michael McConkey, Edible Landscapes, Inc.
Your landscape can be more than simply beautiful; it can also be a part of your dinner menu. Learn from Michael about the attributes and shortcomings of many plants that he has used to create edible landscapes beginning in 1979. Michael is both a horticulturist and a singer — be prepared to be serenaded about the subject as well.