A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Birding with Vernon
Meet at the Waterwise Garden (first parking lot on right) Join our bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
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Annual Great Backyard Bird Count-Bird Walks
Join park staff in collecting data for the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats and keep track of how many individuals of each species you find. New and experienced birders of all ages are welcome. 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Feb. 12. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Attracting Birds to Your Backyard
Birds are such fun to watch for the entire family. Learn some tricks to attract and keep our feathered friends happy all year long, from planting bird friendly plants to making sure they have the basics for a happy life in your yard. 10-11 a.m. Feb. 13. Free. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Orchid Open House
Shop the Garden’s biggest selection of orchids of the year with thousands to choose from. Graham Wood, who is traveling all the way from Hawaii, will give a talk about lady slippers. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 31. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com/.
Intergalactic Bead Show
This expo will get you started on the fun and creative road to beading, or enhance your craft if you are an experienced beader. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30-31. $4-$5. Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St., Durham. 919-956-9404, durhamconventioncenter.com.
Mindfulness & Sensory Garden Retreat
This retreat is designed to quiet the thinking mind, awaken the senses, and relax the body. Mindfulness and non-duality teacher and writer, Anita Avent, will lead you through simple sensory exercises to soothe the body and open the heart. 10 a.m.-noon. Jan. 30. $40. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.
Walk on the Wild Side
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. To register: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com. 11 a.m.-noon. Feb. 4. $6-$8. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Keeping That Tree Alive & Thriving
Just how does a tree work? How can I purchase a healthy tree and transplant it successfully? As a self-proclaimed tree geek, Alex Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to this program. Learn the fascinating strategies that trees employ to grow and survive how to select a tree and nurture it through establishment. 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 4. $10; $8 members and Duke staff/students. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Pruning Demo with Horticulturist Nelsa Cox
Learn the proper way to prune your trees and shrubs like a pro!. 11 a.m.-noon. Feb. 6. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.
Lettuce Get Organized: Planning & Designing your Organic Garden
Location, location, location. Let Logan’s help you get the lay of the land when it comes to planning your organic garden. Learn about design methods, proper placement, soil, fertilizer, and much more. 9-10 a.m. Feb. 13. Free. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
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.