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Plant Delights Nursery Garden Days
Open to the public only eight weekends each year, Plant Delights Nursery is the source for buying unique, rare, and native perennial plants. Established in 1988 by plantsman Tony Avent, the nursery is an international mail-order retail perennial plant nursery. It is located on the 28-acre campus. Rain or Shine. Free parking. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. July 15-16, 1-5 p.m. July 17. Free. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.
Grab your picnic blanket and come to the garden for story time. There will be garden stories, songs, and a craft to take home. 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 15. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Pick for a Purpose
Join Alliance Medical Ministry and Bella Blues Blueberry Farm for a morning of blueberry picking. For every pound of blueberries you pick, Bella Blues donates a pound to Alliance’s patients. Alliance Medical Ministry is a non-profit medical clinic providing primary healthcare to uninsured adults. 8-11 a.m. July 16. $3 per pound. Bella Blues Blueberry Farm, 4581 Swift Creek Rd., Smithfield. 919-250-9254
Encaustic Painting and Collage Workshop
Hot encaustic is an intoxicating medium that smells like honey and falls somewhere between painting and sculpture. This affordable workshop includes two ready-to-hang canvases and unlimited encaustic medium. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. July 16; 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. July 17. $75 per day plus $40 materials. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Foraging Edible Plants
Novices can learn how to find wild edible plants with professional forager Frank Hyman. Ramps, redbud flowers, beach arugula, samphire, fiddlehead ferns, sunchokes, juneberries, nettles and maple syrup are just a few of the delicious wild edibles that can be found in North Carolina. This program covers four seasons’ worth of leaves, shoots, roots, flowers and fruits. Plenty of Q&A time. 2-4 p.m. July 16, $25. BW&A Books (downstairs), 1006-A Lamond Ave. Durham, 919-824-2239 Reserve your space via Paypal at the “classes” page in frankhyman.com
Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting
Noon-2 p.m. July 18. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Nature Adventures Camp: Inventions from Nature
From high-tech fabrics to airplanes and zippers, humans have borrowed clever ideas from nature to solve problems. Find examples of inventions from nature from plants and animals in the Gardens, then tinker with contraptions to devise your own innovations. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 18-22. $200; $170 additional siblings; $100 extended care (4pm). Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Durham Gardeners’ Fair: Ask the Experts
Join us at our annual fair featuring area experts and garden suppliers. An informal group independent of Duke Gardens, the forum meets once a month to enrich its members’ gardening knowledge and skill. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com. 6:30 p.m. July 19. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
J. C. Raulston Exhibit at the D. H. Hill Library
Join garden writer and J. C. Raulston biographer Bobby Ward for a guided tour of the NCSU Libraries’ exhibit “Plan and Plant for a Better World” J. C. Raulston and the North Carolina State University Arboretum. The exhibit celebrates the life and work of innovative horticulturist and teacher J. C. Raulston. 9:30-11:30 a.m. July 20. $15; $10 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop
The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is simple and addictive, although people with arthritis of other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. During the workshop, we will utilize anodized aluminum jumprings, a material that is lightweight, easy to work with, durable, waterproof and easy to clean.Take one workshop or take them all.2:30-4:30 p.m. July 19, 28 and Aug. 6. See website for times; $18 per workshop; materials fee range from $5-8. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Roof-to-Roots Rain Water Harvesting
Horticulturist and designer Frank Hyman will show how to install inexpensive 275-gallon super rain barrels (not ugly 50-gallon pickle barrels) that send water uphill without a pump, that support fish, frogs, dragon flies and water lilies. Will also cover seven kinds of water-conserving mulch: five of which are free; two of which are permanent; one of which can grow edible mushrooms. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23, $35. Bayleaf Cottage, 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, 919-824-2239 Reserve your space via Paypal at the “classes” page in frankhyman.com
Make a Wind Chime
Using all recycled materials, kids will build musical wind chimes. 9-10 a.m. July 23. $5. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Parent/Child Clay Workshop
These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. Take one, or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up about two weeks after the workshop. These workshops take place at the DAC Clay Studio located at Northgate Mall. Aug. 1, 2. See website for times. $15 per child. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.
Hypertufa Trough Workshop
Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks which were used to feed and water livestock. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Participants will mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release a finished container from its mold. 9 a.m.-noon. July 23. $85; $75 members. Includes materials. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It
Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day campers will have work time and dirt time in the children’s garden, and the week will end with a harvest of delicious seasonal produce to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 25-29. $200; $170 additional sibling; $100 extended care (4pm). Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Learn how to include fresh produce from the garden in your cocktails. 6 p.m. July 28. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590
Slim & Trim Plants for Small Spaces
Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Raleigh-based landscape designer Preston Montague for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6. $40; $30 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.