A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
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. May 14. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
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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. 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. N.C. 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 and hummingbirds and how to attract them to the garden. This class is for anyone who seeks bountiful harvests of fruits and veggies along with those who wish to simply delight in their beauty & activity. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-828-5337 ext. 100. 9-10 a.m. May 14. Free. Logan Trading Co., 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Bonsai Lecture & Workshop
Bonsai combines a 3-D 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/.
Home Landscape Design Workshop
This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project and implement a plan with sustainable practices and materials. Specific topics include principles of design, analysis of the property, functional flow, and public and private areas. The class will review each student’s landscape project. You will receive a list of native plants frequently used in home landscapes. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. May 14. $120; $108 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Botany Bar Crawl
Learn how plants create our favorite alcoholic beverages. First, learn the botany behind the booze before getting into the science of production at the brewery. An additional fee for facility tour and sampling may apply. 2-4 p.m. May 15. $5-$11. Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. 919-682-2337, fullsteam.ag.
Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting
12-2 p.m. May 16. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Durham Garden Forum: What’s Wrong with My Tree?
A tree is a significant investment. Bryan Lowrance will review the basics of planting, exposing the root collar and maintaining for longevity (no volcano mulch!). He will also speak of the potential connection between neonics, other pesticides, mosquito treatments and the loss of beneficial insects that help our trees. No preregistration necessary. 6:30 p.m. May 17. $10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.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 18. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Tree Walk and Talk
Walk the Gardens with Bryan Lowrance and take a closer look at trees. Bryan will discuss insect and disease issues, the cultural needs of trees, and pruning, and he will help you sort out how to help a tree thrive. Participant limit: 15 Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com. 6:30 p.m. May 19. $25-$30. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Native Plant Sale & Festival
A festival celebrating native plants and highlighting the display gardens and habitats of the NCBG. The event will feature the sale of native plants from NCBG and local nurseries, as well as live music, food trucks, tree climbing, and a raffle. Admission is free and all are invited. 4 p.m. May 21. Free. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.
Join the gardening staff as they talk about what constitutes “shade” and how you can maximize the impact of those shady areas. Walk through Garden Supply Company’s shade garden and talk about trees, shrubs and perennials that will thrive in the shade and add interest to your landscape. 10-11 a.m. May 21. Free. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Terrariums and Fairy Gardens
Whether it is a terrarium or a fairy garden, learn all of the basics on building, design, and care. Bring your own container or select one from the store. 2-3:30 p.m. May 22. $25. Garden Supply Co., 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.
Garden Discovery Cart: Flowers and their followers
Explore, stroll and discover outdoors with May’s Garden Cart Activity.Take your JCRA family visit to the next level by taking advantage of one of our two rolling garden carts, themed for learning fun. Designed to enhance the Arboretum experience for families with young children, these hands-on, outdoor learning centers allow children to discover and learn at their own pace.May’s topic is an introduction to flower parts and pollinators.2-3:30 p.m. May 22; 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. May 23. $5 per family. No advance registration needed. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Children’s Workshop: Planting a Pollinator Garden
Learn about how you can help pollinators at home by supporting their whole life cycle with a pollinator garden. We’ll learn what the garden needs by planting an example garden in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden children’s area and making a mini bee habitat. Then you’ll take home plants for your own yard. Adult chaperone required. Please ask about our younger sibling policy. Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:30 a.m. May 23. $25. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.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.