If you're looking for some holiday joy, done up North Carolina-style, come see 2011's holiday tree display at the Doris Duke Center.
Every year local organizations decorate a tree by expanding on a given theme. The main theme this year is Material Wonders of North Carolina. Organization members offered their unique take on special North Carolina materials, from cotton to crystal.
The photos below showcase each tree. You can come see the trees during regular visitors center hours, unless there's a special event in the hall (call 684-3698 if you want to check before visiting).
~~~~~~~~Here is the paper tree, designed and decorated by the Duke University Campus Club.
Just below is the glass/crystal tree, put together by Sarah P. Duke Gardens International Ikebana Chapter #264. The glass ornaments sparkle so beautifully against the dark green of the trees.
The Treyburn Garden Club offered the fibers tree, with decor made from cotton and fabrics.
The wood-themed tree below was designed by the Hillsborough Garden Club. The club decorated with everything from oak and maple wood to grapevines and buckeyes...
... and maple and poplar and corkscrew willow, all with lots of joy.
So come on out and see the trees trimmed with North Carolina bounty!
Kate Blakely is a graduate student at Duke Divinity School and a work-study assistant at Duke Gardens.