A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Kids’ Seedling Giveaway
Farmers and Fifth Season Gardening Company will do their bit to help grow budding gardeners by giving away a tomato seedling to any kid who comes to the Market. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. April 30. Free. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. carrborofarmersmarket.com.
Veggie Gardens in Containers
We’re excited to welcome back Dr. Craig LeHoullier, the NC Tomato Man! Dr. LeHoullier has been growing tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables for decades. He’ll teach you his tips and tricks for growing in containers. No space is too small to grow fresh vegetables. Dr. LeHoullier’s seedlings and books will be available for sale. 10 a.m. April 30. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Master Gardener Plant Sale
Find natives, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, house plants and more - from the usual to the unusual - for sale at very reasonable prices, all grown by Master Gardeners. Also for sale will be trees and shrubs grown by local nurseries, and an assortment of gently used gardening books, tools, equipment, and garden art. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. April 30. Free. Clayton Community Center, 715 Amelia Church Rd, Clayton. 919-553-1550.
Chapel Hill Garden Tour
Highlighting renewed and re-imagined gardens in the greater Chapel Hill area, the tour will feature seven private gardens including a Historic Spotlight garden and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Plein air artists, select vendors and musicians will add additional charm to several gardens. T10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 30-May 1. $35; $25 advance; $20 groups 10+. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Gala in the Garden
The Gala is much more than an annual garden party. The proceeds raised each year are the critical unrestricted funds used for daily operational expenses, on-going research of landscape plants and to support vital JC Raulston Arboretum staff positions. 3:30-7 p.m. May 1. $100. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Plantsmen’s Tour: Covering Some Ground
Ground covers are important components of the landscape. Director Mark Weathington will lead in checking out some vigorous growers as well as a few restrained selections for smaller gardens. 9-10:30 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m. May 3. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
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. May 4, May 11. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Friends of the Page-Walker Herbfest
The 7th annual Herbfest features plant and craft booths, live butterfly releases, craft demos, kids activity, food trucks, bake sale and a fabulous silent auction. Tour the herb garden and see the brand new pollinator garden. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7. Free. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 919-460-4963, friendsofpagewalker.org.
Good Berry Bad Berry
We’re excited to welcome Helen Yoest, local gardening expert. She will talk about the multitude of berries growing wild in our region, and how to find and identify edible vs. toxic berries while foraging. You’ll also learn about the good berries available to grow in your own garden! Ms. Yoest’s book Good “Berry, Bad Berry” will be available for sale and signing. 10 a.m. May 7. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.
Flower Fest (for ages 4 & 5)
Springtime brings a profusion of blooms to the Gardens! Explore the thousands of flowers with a scavenger hunt. In addition, the older group (see separate listing) will learn basic flower anatomy. Adult chaperone required. Location: Please meet at the Doris Duke Center. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:30 a.m. May 9. $7-$10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Day Trip to Meredith Arboretum & Gardens at Meredith College
Aaron Schettler, head groundskeeper at Meredith College, leads this tour. The campus at Meredith College, like any other public garden setting, has been changing and evolving to adapt to the needs of the student body while offering an alluring and diverse plant material to visitors. One of the newest features is the Community Garden, and Aaron has added an array of perennials, shrubs, and trees that make the campus appealing in any season. There is an excellent collection of magnolias purchased and planted in the past few years, thanks to a grant from “Miss Ruby” McSwain. Part of the campus is outlined by the Greenway which is itself bordered with flowering trees and shrubs. 9:45-11 a.m. May 10. $15; $10 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Participants in this workshop will make and take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel. All supplies and tools are provided. 6:45-7:45 p.m. May 10. $45. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Create a Three Sisters Garden: Family Workshop
Family workshop for ages 5-12 with accompanying adult. Corn, beans, squash.. oh my! Learn how to create your own three sisters garden, a traditional form of companion planting, with these delicious native crops by helping us to plant one in our Growing Garden. We’ll explore this unique garden’s Native American roots, how each plant helps the other, and each family will go home with a fourth sister, sunflower. Fee, per child: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. 1 p.m. May 14. $10 per child ($8 for NCBG members); no fee for accompanying adult. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Learn the importance of valuable pollinators such as bees, butterflies & hummingbirds & how to attract them to the garden. This class is for anyone who seeks bountiful harvests of fruits & veggies along with those who wish to simply delight in their beauty & activity. RSVP to email@example.com or call 919-828-5337 ext. 100. 9-10 a.m. May 14. Free. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Bonsai Lecture & Workshop
Bonsai combines a three dimension art form and basic horticulture. Join Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, in this two part educational program as he discusses and demonstrates the art and science of bonsai. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 14. $90 lecture & workshop; $70 members; $10 lecture only; $5 lecture only members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Chrysanthemum Propagation Workshop
Participants will be shown how to take stem cuttings from mums for propagation. Post cutting care and general mum growing will be presented. A discussion of the 13 classes of chrysanthemums will help individuals make informed choices as to which classes of mums they will want to grow. 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 14. $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.