Learn how to blacksmith
Hillsborough’s Woodcrest Farm is offering three upcoming blacksmithing classes for beginner and experienced students.
The classes will be 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 9. The classes each cost $45.
In this hands-on course, students will learn traditional coal forge techniques from Allan Green in the Woodcrest Farm forge. They will learn fire-building, drawing out, forging, twists, bending and finishing simple objects. Advanced students will learn forge-welding, tool-making, traditional joinery and design. Students need to be over 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The farm is at 5604 Dairyland Road, Hillsborough.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-933-5105
Two gardening courses at JC Raulston Arboretum
The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is offering interesting courses from two of its popular instructors.
▪ Bryce Lane, an emeritus N.C. State University horticulture professor, will teach a seven-week course on the history of gardening at 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12. Cost: $175-$215.
▪ Helen Yoest, a Raleigh garden writer and director of the Bee Better nonprofit, will teach a four-week course on creating a sustainable urban wildlife habitat for birds, bees and butterflies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 14. Cost: $100-$125.
To register, go online at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php.
For information, call 919-515-3132
The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.
Reminder: Orchid auction on Saturday
The Triangle Orchid Society will be auctioning a wide array of blooming orchids to help support its programs and second annual Fall Orchid Show.
The auction will be 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Beech Shelter at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville. A list of plants will be posted on the society’s website about a week beforehand at triangleorchidsociety.org.
If you want to meet fellow orchid lovers, bring a covered dish to share at noon for a potluck lunch.