Here’s how to spend your fall at Duke Gardens

Sarah P. Duke Gardens offers a variety of activities this fall, including a harvest festival, tea tastings, and educational experiences.

“We’d love to have Duke students, families and community members of all ages join us for these exciting events,” said Kavanah Anderson, director of learning and engagement at Duke Gardens.

harvest festival

Taking place on October 9 at the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, the festival will feature art, music and other hands-on demonstrations, including performances by Durham County beekeepers and local musician Mr. Steve.

“Some features of the [Discovery Garden], adding to the bounty of the fall celebration, include a small vegetable garden, herbs and sensory plants,” said Anderson. The garden specializes in “sustainably grown fruits and vegetables using a variety of techniques.”

Registration is not required for this event. It will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

tea road

Japanese tea tastings have returned to the Duke Gardens Asian Arboretum for the first time since before the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests can participate in a tea demonstration for $24 per person or a tea party for $58 per person.

The demonstrations are intended to teach “about the different traditions and tools that are used in a tea party,” Anderson said. Guests will sit and drink tea outside the Duke Gardens Tea House.

Tea demonstrations will take place on the following dates:

  • September 30, from 10:45 to 12:15
  • October 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Japanese Tea Parties will be held on the following dates:

  • October 21, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • October 22, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Places are limited for Way of Tea events. Registration can be completed on the Duke Gardens website.

flowers after hours

On October 13 from 4:00 to 4:45 pm, Duke Gardens will offer a free short tour of the grounds. Participants will have the opportunity to take a walk through the garden and see the fall colors. Since the program ends in the garden, visitors will have the opportunity to continue exploring afterwards. Although there is no cost for this experience, registration is still required.

noticing nature

Participants will have the opportunity to unplug in this class, which is part of The Gardens Piedmont Naturalist Series. The Noticing Nature class will be held at the Doris Duke Center on October 1 from 9:30 to 11:00 am Led by naturalist Kim Smart, the class will invite participants to deepen their powers of observation as they immerse themselves in TheGardens. . Advanced registration is required and costs $21.

More information and event listings can be found on the Duke Gardens website.

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