A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Round Basket with Cherokee Wheel Embellishment
Learn to create your own basket. Everyone will work on the same 8-inch diameter by 7-inch tall basket with cherry wood embellishment in the traditional Cherokee Wheel pattern. At the end of the day you will have a basket to take home and enjoy. Please dress to get messy, bring an old towel and an awl or a narrow flat blade screwdriver if you have one. Class fee includes all other supplies and equipment. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5. Fee: Gardens member $40; general public $50. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
14th Annual Holiday Open House
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Food, Fun, Family, Free! Grand Opening of our Christmas Shop! We are so excited to unveil new themes, many USA products and offer door prizes. Bring canned or non-perishable items to donate to the Fuquay-Varina Food Pantry. We are a drop-off site for food donations through the holidays. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 5. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road, Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
A Festival of Fabulous Mums
Duke Gardens will feature a rainbow of color this fall during the Festival of Fabulous Mums. Enjoy an exhibition of show mums grown by members of the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society in a dazzling floral display at the Doris Duke Center. This four-day event will include cultural and historical information, arts and crafts, gardening tips, and tours of the William Louis Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, where you will find more mums on display in a beautiful garden setting. Presented in partnership with the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society and Duke Gardens. Free drop-in exhibit for all ages. Parking fees apply. Nov. 6-9. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Road, Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Holiday Sip & Shop
Join us for an evening of wine and shopping in the quiet of the store “after hours.” Our staff will be on hand to help you with decorating ideas and great suggestions of gifts for your entire family. Please RSVP using our online calendar to let us know if you can come. 5-7 p.m. Nov. 10. Free. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Road, Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
N.C. State University Grounds and Building Services Open House
This fun, free event is open to the public and kids of all ages. Check out N.C. State’s cool tools (like our electric cars and mowers), our big trucks and our technology . Learn more about composting and building renovations, sustainable gardens, and job/volunteer opportunities. Enjoy a big wheel safety town, prizes and t-shirt giveaways, and live music from our very own facilitators! A free N.C, State brick will also be given out to each person (while supplies last). Food Trucks will also be onsite, including Captain Poncho’s Tacos, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, CJ’s Street Food, and King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks. This is a rain or shine event. No pets please. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 12. Free. N.C. State University Grounds & Building Services, 630 Motor Pool St., Raleigh. 919-515-9421,
World of Soils Class
With the increasing interest in soil care as a means of avoiding plant stress and subsequent pest problems, the demand for this class has risen each season. The interactive lecture will cover nutrient balance, soil test reports, how to incorporate organics, taking care of microbes, and an array of misconceptions regarding planting techniques. If you have soil test reports, be sure to bring them to class. 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 12. $40. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.
Gardening Under Future Weather Conditions
Climate change predictions are now becoming possible at community, or local scales. But how do we address and adapt to these? Ryan Boyles will talk about the science behind climate change projections and how gardeners can take steps today to adapt for the future.6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 15. Forum members free with $25 annual membership. $10 per meeting for nonmembers, payable to Durham Garden Forum. Parking is free after 5 p.m. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Fall Harvest Table Arrangement
Decorate your Thanksgiving tables with a beautiful fall harvest arrangement. Beth will demonstrate how to fashion a vase from pumpkins or other gourds and fill it with the colors of autumn in flowers, foliage, berries and pods for a table centerpiece. Each participant will then select gourds to create their own centerpieces to take home. Please bring a pair of hand pruners and any embellishments you would like to include. 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 21. Gardens members $55; general public $65. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.