Below is a taste of the decorating day festivities. If you'd like to see the trees up close, the Doris Duke Center is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Visitors can tour the reception hall during those hours, except during special events. The trees will remain up through January 5.
Thanks to all the inventive minds who created such a beautiful scene. We at Duke Gardens are thankful for your contributions, and each day we spot new details in the trees that we hadn't noticed before.
Orange was the Hillsborough Garden Club's theme. Here's Pat Lopp working on some finishing touches.The tree included dried oranges, indian corn, wisteria beans, cotton, okra pods, dried grasses, Japanese lanterns, gold yarrow, sweet gum balls, and historical tidbits about Orange County.
Jerry Sheehy and Inga Headrick with the Durham Women's Club's gold-themed tree.
The Town & Country Garden Club was inventive with its purple theme, embellishing also with starfish, ivy and moss.
More details of the purple tree, with its complementary colors.
The Duke Campus Club took on a red theme.
Some details of the Heritage Garden Club's green-themed tree, which is in the main entrance to the Doris Duke Center.
And two more views of the Heritage Garden Club's tree.