A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
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 p.m.-5:30 p.m. April 6. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
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Spring Plant Sale
Find an array of plants ideal for this region at our Spring Plant Sale, including Duke Gardens plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and decorative plant pots. And you can get free gardening advice from our staff and master gardeners. The spring plant sale also features a variety of specialized plant vendors from throughout the region. 9 a.m.-noon. April 1-2. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
B.W. Wells’ Rock Cliff Farm Field Trip
F B.W. Wells was the first botanist at N.C. State University and is acknowledged as the Father of Plant Ecology. In 1932, he wrote for “The Natural Gardens of North Carolina” which described the state’s diversity of plant communities from the coast to the mountains as a collection of natural gardens. B.W. retired to an old farmstead, Rock Cliff Farm, on a dramatic bend of the Neuse River, now a part of Falls Lake State Park. In addition to hearing stories of Wells’ life and botanical contributions, Julie and Ken, who both knew B.W. Wells, will guide participants over some of the trails and enjoy observing Wells’ art studio and the old out buildings surrounding the historic farmhouse. Travel by 7 passenger van and participant car pool. Bring a sack lunch and beverage for picnicking on the grounds. Sturdy walking shoes and walking sticks are recommended. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2. $25; $23 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/
Spring Plant Sale
Shop new releases, sparkling grasses, shrubs and more. All proceeds benefit the JCRA. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 2. $5; free for members; $10 family max. Includes admission to Raulston Blooms festival. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop
This full-day workshop provides an overview of the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants learn how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well-being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2. $125; $100 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Raulston Blooms Garden Festival
Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats at Raulston Blooms, a day that’s packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 2. $10 per family; $5 individual; free for members and birdhouse competitors. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
An Organic Vegetable Gardening Workshop
This organic gardening workshop covers what vegetables to plant for a summer garden, when to start planting, tips on trellising, staking and organic methods of pest control, and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Following the indoor workshop, students will visit the CCCG and have an opportunity to garden with the CCCG volunteer corp. 1:30-3 p.m. April 3. $18; $16 members; free to UNC students. Newman Catholic Student Center Parish, 218 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill. 919-929-3730, n-ch.org.
Storytime for Tots
Learn how different types of seeds are spread and how they come together to form forests, meadows and other types of wild gardens. Compare seeds from around the park and play a game that will test your observation skills. Each child will take home their own mini garden. 1-2 p.m. April 6. $4 per child. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/.
Lunchbox Talk: The Biochemistry of Plant Fragrance
Investigate the complex evolution of how plant species have developed the ability to use chemistry to create scents in both flower and leaf tissue, which can both attract beneficial pollinators and repel harmful herbivores. 12-1 p.m. April 7. Free. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
The Piedmont Sun: Friend or Foe in the Garden?
It’s a quandary: the six hours of sun that many showy, sun-loving plants require may mean exposure to our killer Piedmont afternoon sun. And then the level of sunlight changes from season to season and year to year. This presentation will give you strategies to read your garden, helping you understand just where the sun is across the arc of the day and over the course of a year. With this information you can situate your sun-loving plants in the most advantageous position possible and enjoy the show. 6:30-8 p.m. April 7. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Art in Bloom
Floral designers from across North Carolina and beyond bring springtime into West Building by interpreting masterworks from the permanent collection in 56 breathtaking flower displays. The NCMA will host a series of special events in conjunction with Art in Bloom, including an opening reception, presentations, master classes, workshops, and family activities. These events are ticketed separately from Art in Bloom. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 7-10. $15; $10 members; free for children under 7. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-839-6262, ncartmuseum.org.
For Garden’s Sake Spring Fest
Shop and gather ideas from For Garden Sake’s largest in-house inventory of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals. Listen to guest speakers in the garden, visit with Durham Master Gardeners, have lunch with Will & Pop’s food truck or browse the acres complete with goats, alpaca and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 9. Free. For Garden’s Sake, 9197 NC-751, Durham. 919-484-9759, fgsnursery.com.
Intro to the Art of Bonsai - Live Demonstration
Curious about bonsai? Have you been given one, only to be clueless what to do with it? Have you killed one? (who hasn’t, right?) Michael Markoff, member of the Triangle Bonsai Society, and two time winner of Best In Show for Bonsai in the North Carolina State Fair, will conduct a demonstration styling a common nursery juniper shrub into a viable bonsai tree in a little over an hour. Questions are encouraged. Starter plants, materials and tools will be available for purchase. Bonsai created in workshop will be raffled off at the end of class! 10-11 a.m. April 9. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Landscaping in Small Spaces: Big Ideas for ‘Little’ Gardens
From plant selection, to landscape design, to installation, learn about how to garden in small spaces. Bryce Lane is an award winning teacher in Horticulture at NC State, speaker, and host of “In the Garden with Bryce Lane,” an Emmy award winning public television program. 10-11 a.m. April 9. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Orchids are Easy
Love orchids, but afraid to take one home? Maybe you received an orchid as a gift and now want to make sure you take care of it properly? Then this is the workshop for you. Learn basic orchid care from the experts and we’ll show you how easy it is. 9 a.m. April 9. $5. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com
Perennial Selections for the Shade Garden
Designing your perennial shade garden shouldn’t be challenging! There are lots of fabulous shade plants to choose from — foliage contrasting in shade and texture, as well as blooming selections. Let our experts show you some of the best perennials that will thrive in the shady areas of your yard. Class is free but advanced registration is appreciated. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. April 9. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy. This workshop focuses on ways to identify your weeds and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 9. $24; $22 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
NCBG 50: Past, Present & Future
Join Garden Director, Dr. Damon Waitt, as he presents NCBG50: Past, Present and Future to celebrate the 50th anniversary of North Carolina Botanical Garden. This special presentation of the Sims Lecture will recreate Garden history through the lens of the wildflowers, plants and gardens that make the Garden what it is today; the premier university-affiliated conservation garden in the United States. 2-3:30 p.m. April 10. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Are you ready to get dirty? We’ll cover all the components of maintaining a healthy pond. From weekly cleanout, to seasonal maintenance, to the necessary products and treatments, our experts will show you how to properly clean your pond. It won’t always be pretty, but it will help ensure a clear and pristine pond that you can sit back and enjoy the rest of the year. Class is free but please register in advance. 2 p.m. April 10. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Free Shredding & Electronics Recycling Event
This event features free document shredding and identity protection tips, as well as electric/electronics recycling, and secure destruction of computers and hard-drives Individuals are encouraged to bring up to three boxes or bags of documents that have been removed from binders. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 16. Free. Trademark Properties, 1001 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 919-782-5552, trademarkproperties.com.
Plants in Your Pizza: Family Workshop
Head to the vegetable garden for a pizza planting party, where you’ll learn how to add all the ingredients - herbs, tomatoes, and peppers - to grow a pizza garden, and take home some delicious plants to add to your backyard. Enjoy harvesting and tasting too. 1-2:15 p.m. April 16. $10; $8 members; no fee for accompanying adult. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
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.