A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Be sure to check out our list of upcoming church suppers across the Triangle until the end of the year: http://goo.gl/zfAuxs
Nature for Sprouts: Explore the Gardens
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 18. $8; $7 members, staff and students. Duke University’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Downtown Raleigh Home Show
The annual consumer show will offer remodeling and home improvement ideas, celebrity guests, DIY and interactive seminars, the hottest new products and even a towering tree house surrounded by gardens. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 12. $10. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 919-831-6011, raleighconvention.com.
Perennial Vegetables and Fruits for the Home Garden
Enjoy a tour that covers a dozen delicious and drought-hardy perennial vegetables as well as 10 sweet fruiting trees, brambles and shrubs like purple raspberry, figs, Yuzu citrus, bush cherry and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 12. $30/$35, 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, 919-824-2239. Reserve your space at: frankhyman.com
Raising Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterflies
Learn how to raise eastern black swallowtail butterflies through their winter hibernations for release in your own back yard. Each child will receive a butterfly box, host plants, a caterpillar or chrysalis and reference booklet to take home. 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 12. $35. Duke University’s Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
North Carolina Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival
This festival features displays of gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, and crafting supplies. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in a variety of competitive categories. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 13. $2; free for children 15 and under. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holhouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 919-696-0744, ncgourdsociety.org/festival.
Fuquay-Varina Garden Tour
The Fuquay Varina Garden Club will host their 2015 Fall Garden Tour which will include unique gardens interspersed with artisan vendors, a Saturday luncheon, a raffle, door prizes and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 12. $18. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Introduction to Edible Wild Plants
Learn the basics of wild edible plants growing in our region of the state. This program is intended as an introduction to some examples of common wild plants, fruits, nuts, and roots and some of their poisonous and inedible lookalikes. 3-4 p.m. Sept. 14. Free. William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-571-4170, ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/wium/main.php.
Effective Planting Combinations for Your Garden
The best gardens feel somehow effortless and exciting. 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Sept. 15, Sept. 22. $15; $12 members, students and staff. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Durham Garden Forum: Shade Gardening
Learn about shrubs and perennials that will thrive and bring color to your shady garden. 6:30 -8 p.m. Sept. 15. $10; free for members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Gardening For Families
From seed to harvest, learn how a garden grows in this hands-on class. Participants are welcome to harvest from their plot throughout the growing season. All ages welcome. 919-668-1707; firstname.lastname@example.org. 1:30-3 p.m. Sept. 15, Sept. 22. $60; $48 members, staff and students. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Intro to Plant Identification: The Path to Successful Gardening
Knowing the art and science of plant identification and plant nomenclature makes all kinds of gardeners more successful in their gardening endeavors. This class will equip you with the basics of plant identification, allowing you to expand and enhance your plant identification skills and abilities. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 15, Sept. 22. $220; $180 members. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Autumn in the Organic Vegetable Garden
Autumn brings rich rewards in the vegetable garden with salad crops and root vegetables, along with cabbage, broccoli and kale. Sarah will take you through the basics of autumn crops, strategies to extend the season, and how to prepare for next year’s garden with compost, cover crops and other techniques. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Sept. 23. $99; $79 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Containers for Edibles + Ornamentals + Low Maintenance
Learn how to plant containers that survive droughts, produce flowers or food and look great with minimal attention. Garden tour, refreshments, handout, plenty of Q&A time. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 19. $35/$40. 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, 919-824-2239. Reserve your space at: frankhyman.com.
Cooking from the Garden: Fresh Autumn Salads
The season is abundant with bounty from the garden! Learn how to use that produce in this class series. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 19. $25; $20 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Seed Saving & Advanced Plant Breeding Workshop
Join farmer Doug Jones for a primer on seed saving with an optional advanced portion on plant breeding. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 1-3 p.m. Sept. 19. $50-$60. The Plant, 220 Lorax Ln., Pittsboro.
Fairy Garden Class
Create your own tiny oasis. Bring your own creative container or buy one on site and receive help with planting it after class. 11 a.m.-Noon. Sept. 26. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Fall Plant Sale
Enhance your home garden with rare and unusual plants and bulbs, as well as some standards every southern garden should have. A wide selection of Duke Gardens propagated plants and hand-picked material from local suppliers will be offered, in addition to free expert advice. 9 a.m.-Noon. Sept. 26. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Plant Walk & Talk
Fall is the best time to plant in this area, and horticulturist Nelsa Cox will show you how. 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Sept. 26. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590,
NC State Fairground Flea Market
Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton, and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Free. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
JC Raulston Arboretum Sunday Tour
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the arboretum’s plants, people, history, future and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. 2-3 p.m. Sundays. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
HappymessART Open Studio
HappymessART opens its studio for relaxed art-making alone or with company. Staff will be on hand to assist and offer inspirational material. Use the studio’s supplies, tools and space., but you are welcome to bring anything of your own that you want. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays. $25. HappymessArt, 718B Iredell St., Durham. 919-286-9763, happymessart.com.
Free Expression Tuesdays
Bring your work crew out to Art Bar all day Tuesday for this special, relaxing, expressive, free-flowing painting experience. Wine is 10 percent off all day. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays. $25. Art Bar Raleigh, 6109 Maddry Oaks Ct., Raleigh. 919-307-8107, artbarraleigh.com.
Well Fed Community Garden
Come and work in the garden and then sit down to a shared mea. Bring a hat, bottle of water and dish to share. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays. Free. Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 919-833-8898, irregardless.com/garden/.
Apex Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 220 N. Salem St., Apex,apexfarmersmarket.com
Cary Downtown Farmers Market
8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 135 W. Chatham St., Cary,caryfarmersmarket.com
Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina
3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, 121 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina, growers-market.org
Holly Springs Farmers Market
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 128 S. Main St., Holly Springs,goo.gl/xwK6hh
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle Tryon Road Farm Stand
2-6 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 4505 Tryon Rd, Raleigh, nando.com/1bn
Knightdale Farmers Market
2-6 p.m. Saturdays (starting May 30), Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale, goo.gl/lhEjLo
Midtown Farmers Market
8 a.m.- noon Saturdays, North Hills Raleigh, 4150 Main St., Raleigh,northhillsraleigh.com
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Plantation Point Shopping Center, 3351 Cypress Plantation Drive, Raleigh, plantationpointshoppingcenter.com
Quail Corners Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Quail Corners Shopping Center, 5003 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-876-2726, quailproperties.com
Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, 400 block Fayetteville St., Raleigh (City Plaza), RaleighEatLocal.com
State Farmers Market
5 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. statefarmersmarket.org
The Saturday Market at Rebus Works
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 301 Kinsey St., Raleigh,rebusworks.us/thesaturdaymarket/
Wake Forest Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest,wakeforestfarmersmarket.org
WakeMed Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, 3000 New Bern Ave., Raleigh (free parking in the P1 parking deck for market patrons), goo.gl/DpGHtY
Waverly Place Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Waverly Place, Intersection of Tryon and Kildaire Farm Roads, Cary, waverlyfm.com
Western Wake Farmers Market at Carpenter Village
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 101 Gathering Park Circle, Cary, wwfm.ag
Western Wake Farmers Market at UNC Wellness Center
7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, 350 Stonecroft Lane, Cary, wwfm.ag
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Zebulon Community Center, 310 S. Arendell Ave., Zebulon, goo.gl/4gLjgk
Chatham Mills Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro,chathammillsfarmersmarket.com
Fearrington Farmers Market
4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, East Camden, Fearrington Village,fearringtonfarmersmarket.com
Pittsboro Farmers Market
3-6 p.m. Thursdays, 287 East St., Pittsboro,pittsborofarmersmarket.org
9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 118 W. Second St., Siler City,silercityfarmersmarket.com
Duke Medical Center Farmers Market
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Searle Center, 10 Searle Drive, Durham (on the green behind the Searle Center and between Nanaline Duke and Bryan Research Buildings), dukemedicine.org
Durham Farmers Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham, durhamfarmersmarket.comSouth Durham Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 5410 N.C. 55, Durham,southdurhamfarmersmarket.org
Franklin County Farmers Market
9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 103 S. Bickett Blvd., Louisburg, goo.gl/Fj4tEB
Clayton Farm and Community Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, 348 E. Main St., Clayton, (Horne Square),cfcmnc.org
Sanford Farmers Market
9 a.m.-noon Saturdays, Depot Park, 106 Charlotte Ave., Sanford,goo.gl/82omAJ
Carrboro Farmers Market
3-6 p.m. Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro, carrborofarmersmarket.com
Chapel Hill Farmers Market
3-6 p.m. Tuesdays, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, University Mall parking lot, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com
Eno River Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough (Farmers Market Pavilion). enoriverfarmersmarket.com
Hillsborough Farmers Market
8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, 625 Hampton Point Blvd., Hillsborough (Home Depot parking lot near N.C. 86 and I-85),hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org
Southern Village Farmers Market
3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays, 650 Market St., Chapel Hill (Southern Village green), southernvillage.com/farmers-market/
Vance County Regional Farmers Market
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, 210 Southpark Drive, Henderson, vancecounty.org/residents/farmers-market/