A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Hypertufa Trough Workshop
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Learn how to assemble a reusable form, mix the ingredients, and create your own hypertufa planting trough. It has a stone-like appearance, excellent drainage, is relatively lightweight, and is a natural addition to your garden. All materials are provided. Registration required. $75. 9 a.m.-noon, March 12. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com
Terrariums are a great way to add a natural element to your home. Come to class prepared to purchase your plants and container or bring a container from home. If you’d like to add fairy furniture and accessories, they also work great in terrariums! $20 cost covers instruction, planting medium, stones and moss. Plants appropriate for terrariums start at just $3 each. 10 a.m. March 12. $20. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Cast Concrete Leaf Workshop
Create a natural mold using a real leaf, and form your unique piece or sculpture. Can be hung indoors or outdoors or shaped for use as a birdbath. Your leaf will be one of a kind! Instructions included for curing and suggestions for painting your leaf. All materials are provided. Registration required. $65. 1-3 p.m. March 12. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, 919-787-6228. lastingimpressionsleaves.com
Spring is Here!
This daylong event celebrates the season with classes, face painting, food and the best gardeners on staff to help you with all of your gardening needs. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 12. Free. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Bee Keeping 101
Join owner Keith Ramsey as he talks about his experience with keeping bees, their importance in your garden, and how to get started. 10-11 a.m. March 12. Free. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
ECWA Migratory Bird Hike: Bilingual
During the hike, the guide will talk about bird migration, including where birds come from and how they survive long distance journeys. Learn about the different types of migrant bird and learn some bird calls. 11-noon. March 12. Free. Beaver Marsh Nature Preserve, Cascadilla St, Durham. 919-698-9729.
Planting Your Spring Organic Garden
Spring is here and it’s finally time to start planting! Learn the basics of planting an organic garden along with some helpful tips on caring for your garden throughout the season. 9-10 a.m. March 12. Free. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Plant Pruning Basics
Pruning is both an art and a science. Learn a little about what you are doing, and be bold! Pruning, when done properly and at the correct time of year, can be beneficial to your garden. Let us show you the basics of what, when and how. Class is free. 10 a.m. March 12. Free. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Road, Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.
Epic Success with Tomatoes, Peppers and Eggplants
Craig LeHoullier returns to give us all his knowledge and expertise about growing amazing quantities and varieties of vegetables. Container plants, in-ground plants, Craig will give us insight into a variety of growing techniques. Craig, the N.C. Tomato Man, is author of “Epic Tomatoes.” No preregistration necessary. 6:30 p.m. March 15. $10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Building a Permaculture Garden
Students will learn the basics of starting a permaculture garden and emerge with the confidence to begin transforming your own home environment into a useful sustainable habitat. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 15. $250; $200 members (memberships can be bought for $50). JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
The Art of Gardening: Inspiration from Chanticleer
What is Chanticleer? R. William Thomas, executive director of this Pennsylvania-based garden, has described it as a three-dimensional work of ever-changing art. Others have pronounced Chanticleer as the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public garden in America. Each of its many garden areas demonstrates ideas that are useful and inspirational to home gardeners.7-8:30 p.m. March 17. $10; members free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Nature for Sprouts
Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week includes stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on creative projects that explore the Gardens. 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 18, March 25. $10; $7 members and Duke staff/members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Seed Starters: Veggie Garden Basics
This class is perfect for the whole family. Learn the best practices for seeding, planning and planting for optimal yields. We’ll help you get started with a few seeds of your own to take home. Class is $10 per family. Pay at the time of class. 10 a.m. March 19. $10. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.
Sustainable Lawns with Alan Johnson, Professional Landscaper
An ecologically sensible lawn will save you time, water, fuel and money while still offering the landscape pleasures of green space. Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. Learn alternatives to a traditional lawn and sustainable horticultural practices. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. March 19. $30 ($27 NCBG members). N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, unc.edu/depts/ncbg/.
Advanced Orchid Care
Are you interested in growing your own orchid, getting it to re-bloom and controlling pests and disease? Learn advanced orchid care from the experts. Registration fee is $5. 9 a.m. March 19. $5. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Spring in the Garden Walk
Join us for a guided tour and experience spring and the beauty of plants native to North Carolina. Discover a longleaf pine forest, a wet savanna, and a mountain bog in our different Habitat Gardens. Learn about native spring wildflowers for the home landscape, and finish up with a look at some of NC’s most unique plants in our Carnivorous Plant Collection: Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, native orchids. Meet in the Pegg Exhibit Hall of the Education Center. 10-11 a.m. March 19. Free admission. Registration required. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, unc.edu/depts/ncbg/.
Discover how to reduce your ecological footprint by turning your food and yard waste into fertilizer! Join us as we learn the components to creating a successful compost pile at home. Preregistration is required. www.wakegov.com. 2 p.m. March 20. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Dig It! Gardening for Kids
Work with hand tools, play with dirt and explore nature through games, free play and organic gardening in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Sign up for one or more sessions. A healthy snack is provided. No strollers or unregistered siblings, please. 4-5:30 p.m. March 23. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
I Want THAT Yard: Landscape Basics
It’s easy to know what you want, it’s not as easy to know how to get it. Let us help you out by answering a few basic questions. We’ll discuss selecting the right plant for the right location, how to prepare the soil so a plant survives, basic water requirements, fertilizing and more. Class is free. 10 a.m. March 26. Free. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.
Renewal Pruning Class & Demonstration
Want to maximize the production of flowers and fruits from your shrubs? Renewal pruning is the way to do it. This simple technique works with the natural cycle of replacing old stems with new. This class will start with classroom explanations followed by actual demonstration of the technique on shrubs in the arboretum with some hands-on experience. 9-11:30 a.m. March 26. $25; $20 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
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 Road., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.