I’m thinking fall leave season is going to be a bust this year. Not only has it come two weeks late, the reoccurring storms seem bound and determined to knock all the pretty leaves off before we get a chance to appreciate them.


I ran into local photographer and artist Eric Abernethy the other day. We were comparing notes and both agreed, foliage has quickly gone from green to yellow to on the forest floor in a matter of days.


So, in lieu of leaf peeping, I found some other activities you can enjoy:


* Thursdays at 2 p.m. at Old Salem from now until Dec. 27 will feature the story and prints of botanist Ludwig David von Schweinitz. He was a great-grandson of Count Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinsendorf, founder of the Moravian Church. He is considered by some the “Father of North American Mycology,” but he also made significant contributions to botany. At the Doctor’s House at Old Salem, you can learn more about his important contributions to Salem and see examples of his work as a botanical artist. You can even color your own print to take home. There is an admission fee to visit the house.


* This Saturday, you can take a trip to King to Mitchell’s Greenhouse and Nursery to see their collection of poinsettias on display. The open house begins at 11 a.m. Staffers will show and explain the innovations that help them grow better plants while conserving water and energy. Other holiday plants will be on display as well. And, yes, you can buy them if you’re ready to begin decorating your home. Details are available at http://www.mitchellsnurseryandgreenhouse.com.


* There’s still time to visit the N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill to view the 30th annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition until Dec. 9. Since its inception in 1988, the garden has united the work of local artists with its curated landscapes to create a novel way to experience sculpture, the natural world and the relationship between the two. For more information about the exhibit, visit ncbg.unc.edu/sculpture/. Who knows? You might come home with some brilliant new ideas for your garden.


That should keep you busy until it’s time to go out for the Christmas tree!


* J.D. Walker’s garden column appears each Thursday. Follow her on Facebook at GardenSown.