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Try This, Not That: Backyard Farming

close-up of several cabbages growing, surrounded by soil and mulch.
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
horticulturist April Stradley

Duke Gardens is home to some impressive horticulture. Join horticulturist April Stradley on a walk through the Gardens to see some of the special techniques, unusual plants, tricks of the trade and particular materials used that are incredible to behold but might not be feasible for the home gardener. You'll learn about plants that require special management to thrive or stay contained, landscapes that are resource intensive and garden elements that require professional skill to build or maintain. You'll also see examples of plants and gardening techniques that could make sense to try in your garden. Meet on the patio behind the Doris Duke Center.

This is part of a series exploring what Duke Gardens horticulturists do and don't recommend to try at home. The Sept. 19 session will focus on home garden fruit and vegetable production. Look for a session on November 7 that focuses on overwintering tropical plants. Sign up for one or more; each session will be different.

Fee: $22; free for members with members free code. Registration is at Parking fees apply ($2/hr.). Information: 919-668-1707,