The Sarah P. Duke Gardens will host a Harvest Festival on Sunday to highlight all the fall season and gardens have to offer. The festival will feature activities put on by local businesses and organizations that cater to children and adults.
“We would love to get people outside in the garden, just enjoying the season,” Duke Garden Education Program Coordinator Kavanah Anderson said. “We’re thinking of the festival as a way for people to enjoy spending time outside, enjoy spending time in Duke Gardens — perhaps introducing them to an area of the garden where they may not spend a lot of time or engaging them in a new way in an area where they might already spend a lot of time.”
The festival will be held in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. This area was chosen because it is a sustainable, edible plant garden and the one part of Duke Gardens where produce is grown.
“Learning about plants through edible plants is a really engaging way to learn, and it’s a more hands-on area,” Anderson said. “People can make a lot of sensory observations in that area, and we also hope that they spend additional time exploring throughout Duke Gardens.”
The activities will include everything from music to dance to food, all with a focus on the importance of gardening. Anderson said some of the particular highlights include activities put on by Ungraded Produce, SEEDS, Master Gardener, Durham County Beekeepers Association, Durham Stormwater & GIS Services and The Music Lab.