Each year, five local organizations are assigned to one tree each, with an overarching theme and sub-themes. The main theme this year is A Potager Garden Holiday.
The first photos below from decorating day are of the tree made by the Durham Woman's Club, with a fruit theme. This tree is in the center's lobby, so if there's an event in the Kirby Horton Hall that prevents you from seeing the other trees up close, you'll definitely get to see this one.
The Heritage Garden Club worked on an herbal theme, with rosemary mini-wreaths and even beads made from herbs, all seen below.
And here's their topper.
The local chapter of Ikebana International worked on a flower theme.
The Treyburn Garden Club's theme was pollinators. They had lots of fun with it.
Here's their hive topper.The Duke Campus Club worked on our fifth tree, with a vegetable theme. Check out the beets, turnips and carrots and -- what do you expect with carrots nearby? -- a rabbit!
And their topper.You can see these trees anytime during visitor center hours, as long as there's not an event going on in the Kirby Horton Hall. (The center is closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.) Call 684-3698 if you want to check the event schedule in advance. We'll take them down on Jan. 5.
A big thanks from Duke Gardens to all the artistic minds who put together such an imaginative selection of themed trees. And we also thank the many generous and devoted Duke Gardens volunteers who helped put up the trees and decorate the center. This festive scene is spreading lots of joy to visitors and staff alike.
(For more holiday cheer, please check out our new greeting cards. They include a 12-pack of 4 garden shots, and a 5x7 card sold singly with a Blomquist Garden snow scene.)