A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
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. Aug. 20. $75 per day plus $40 materials. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Family Fun Saturdays: Printmaking
Explore exciting uses of shape, line, and pattern in the Modern and Contemporary Galleries, and then experiment with printmaking techniques to create your own graphic work. 10 a.m. Aug. 20. $8; $5 members. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 919-839-6262, ncartmuseum.org.
Introduction to Mushroom Foraging
Fall is peak season for mushroom foraging. Novices can learn to ID the dozen most delicious mushrooms with professional forager Frank Hyman. These are also the easiest mushrooms to identify: chanterelles, morels, chicken-of-the-woods and others. This slideshow program covers four seasons’ worth of wild mushrooms. Class includes handout, plenty of Q&A time, plenty of parking but limited seating. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 20. $30. Reserve your space via Paypal at the “classes” page in frankhyman.com, BW&A Books (downstairs), 1006-A Lamond Ave., Durham, 919-824-2239
Celebrate the garden
The summer is not over yet and the season still has plenty to offer. Popular veteran cooking instructor Lucindy Willis will share a menu that celebrates the bounty of the season. 2 p.m. Aug. 21. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
JC Raulston Arboretum Guided Tours
Join one of the JCRA’s volunteer tour docents and learn about the Arboretum’s plants, people, history, future, and mission in a one-hour guided walk through the JCRA’s collections and gardens. 2-3 p.m. Aug. 21, Aug. 28. Donation suggested: $5. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Creating a Pollinator garden
With relatively little extra effort and expense, your garden can be transformed into a paradise for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This workshop introduces you to common pollinators and strategies for bringing them to your garden. Participants learn the steps necessary to analyze their garden site, choose appropriate plants, and maintain a pollinator garden. A plant list, step-by step instructions, and other resources are included. 1-4 p.m. Aug. 23. $36; $32 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/
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. Aug. 26. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Peck of Peppers Cooking Class
A world of color, shapes, and flavors makes peppers second only to tomatoes in popularity. If you want to know the best sweet, hot, or snacking types for your garden, we’ve got answers from the experts: Alex Hitt of Peregrine Farms and Craig LeHoullier. 6 p.m. Aug. 29. $45. Southern Season, 201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7133, southernseason.com.
Plantsmen’s Tour: 40th Anniversary Tour
This tour is led by JCRA Director Mark Weathington. The arboretum has been introducing plants since its beginning. Take a look at some of the hits and a few of the misses. 9-10:30 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 6. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.
Create a unique English stone-like planting trough for your garden or patio. These planters are relatively light-weight and have excellent drainage. All materials are provided. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 10. $75. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
Concrete Leaf Workshop
Use a real leaf to create a unique concrete leaf for your home or garden. The little details you observe about the natural leaf are reflected in its concrete double. All materials provided. 1-3 p.m. Sept. 10. $65. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
N.C. Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival
This festival features displays of gourds from around the world, special gourd workshops, and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, and crafting supplies. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded in a variety of competitive categories. Other highlights include a live auction at noon Saturday and a free gourd crafting table for children. See website for details. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 10. $2; free for under 16. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.
Orchid Plant Auction
The Triangle Orchid Society will be auctioning a wide array of blooming orchids to help supports society programs and its upcoming Fall Orchid Show. 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 10. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.