Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Greenery: Decorate your home!

By Kaitlin Henderson

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose! Bringing the scent of nature indoors will complete your nostalgic holiday home.

Join us at Duke Gardens to create a personal decoration for your home. The instructors in the Holiday Greenery program on Dec. 6 will work with you to create a swag or centerpiece using the wide variety of evergreens they have selected. Pine, fir, holly and juniper -- each will add color and fragrance to your display.

On this fun and festive afternoon, it will be as if a florist’s winter workshop has opened up just for you. In the 2-hour workshop, you will choose greenery, colorful stems, berries, pods and ribbon to assemble your decoration. You may also bring in some personal mementos to use in your swag or centerpiece.

This year will bring new inspiration from the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden, a sustainable, organic food garden. Duke Gardens horticulturist Michelle Rawlins and plant records manager Beth Hall will lead the program, demonstrating their practiced techniques and design ideas and then assisting participants wherever help is needed. Along with the greenery, Beth and Michelle are drying oranges and collecting berries from around the Gardens to provide you a wealth of material.

Please join us for this annual favorite! No experience is necessary.

Holiday Greenery will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 1-3 p.m. The fee is $65, or $55 for Gardens members and Duke students/staff. To register, please call 919-668-1707 or email More information about this class is available on our website.

Please also see our website events page for additional classes and programs that you and your family may enjoy:

Here are some photos from a previous holiday decorations class.

Kaitlin Henderson is a graduate student in Duke's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program.

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