Scenes of Christmas: A Green Christmas Tree

I took a lunchtime stroll through The Sarah P. Duke Gardens on Wednesday and found myself in the Doris Duke Center.  Considered “the information and education hub of the Gardens,” the Center is named for the (late) daughter of Duke University’s (late) benefactor James Buchanan Duke. Among the Center’s offerings are classrooms, a horticulture library, and a large event space that can be used for private, community or University gatherings.[1]

While there, I overheard a gentleman admit that although he wouldn’t have a purple Christmas tree, the Center’s purple tree was beautiful.  As were all the other trees, he added.  My interest piqued, I inquired as to the whereabouts of said trees and found them in the large event hall, of course!

There were four trees, each with a unique theme and decorated with ornaments made from recycled materials. Which tree was my favorite?  Take a look.  I think that the details are absolutely fantastic.

This tree was decorated with items "from Grandma's attic."  The sign encouraged admirers to look for recycled items such as doilies, ladies handkerchief, yarns, feathers, coffee filters, buttons, beads and silver utensils.

The tree in the foreground (was my favorite and) was decorated with items “from Grandma’s attic.” The sign encouraged admirers to look for recycled items such as doilies, ladies handkerchiefs, yarns, feathers, coffee filters, buttons, beads and silver utensils.  The tree in the background is the purple tree that started it all, decorated with intricate ornaments handmade from such recycled paper products as card stock, file folders and pocket binders. –Doris Duke Center, Durham NC

A close-up of the many fine details on "Grandma's Attic Tree." -- Doris Duke Center Event Hall, Durham NC

A close-up of the many fine details on “Grandma’s Attic Tree.” — Doris Duke Center at The Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham NC

Have a wonderful Friday!


[1] http://library.duke.edu/exhibits/gardens/duke-center.html