A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
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.
Celebrate medicinal plants at this festival, which will include guided garden and apothecary tours, medicinal plant sales, free tasting of herbal teas and glycerites. 10 a.m. May 21. Free. Herb Haven, 7922 Mcbane Mill Rd, Graham. 336-376-0727,
Witherspoon First Bloom Celebration
Come out and smell the roses at Witherspoon Rose Culture’s annual First Bloom. The event features tours, presentations, food trucks and more. Ten percent of all sales will go to The Ronald McDonald House. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 21. Free. Witherspoon Rose Culture, 3312 Watkins Rd, Durham. 800-643-0315, witherspoonrose.com.
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 21, May 29, June 4. $120; $108 members. North Carolina 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.-noon. May 23. $5 per family. No advance registration needed. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Pollinator Gardens Should be Waterwise Gardens
This talk is presented by Trish MacPherson, Wake County Extension Master Gardener. 1-3 p.m. May 23. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 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.
Chapel Hill Bird Club Meeting
Join the Chapel Hill Bird Club for their regular monthly meeting at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. 7:30-9 p.m. May 23. Free. Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-942-4964, binkleychurch.org.
Future Gardeners: Feed the Birds
Using all natural materials learn to construct the perfect bird feeder out of a pine cone, all while learning a little bit more about our feathered friends. $5 per child covers all supplies and materials. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults free of charge. Reserve spots by email to email@example.com or call Customer Service at 919-828-5337, ext. 100. 9-10 a.m. May 28. $5. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Create a unique English stone-like planting trough for your garden or patio. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. June 11. $75. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
Concrete Leaf Workshop
Lasting Impressions’ Concrete Leaf workshop teaches you to use a real leaf to form and create a unique concrete leaf for your home or garden, Each one has the exact details found in your leaf. All materials are provided and you will take your leaf home with you. 1-3 p.m. June 11. $65. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
Native Plant Propagation
Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11. $38. $34 members. 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.