A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.
Cooking from the Garden: Spring Pestos
Join for one class, or the entire series with instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company. Katie will demonstrate the basics of a pesto and then the class will help make a variety to taste and to take home. Doris Duke Center. 4/24 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Gardens members $28; general public $35. Fee to register for all three: $22/$30. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Thrown Together on the Table
Cedar Creek Gallery will exhibit a core group of potters, showcasing functional porcelain, stoneware and earthenware pottery by Allison McGowan Hermans, Jennifer Mecca, Ron Philbeck, Amy Sanders and Julie Wiggins. 4/24-4/30 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd, Creedmoor. 919-528-1041, cedarcreekgallery.com.
Create a Pollinator Garden
Discover the pollinators native to our region and then create a plant list that includes everything needed by them, from food to shelter. Learn to filter your list to match your existing conditions, whether your garden is sunny, shady, dry or wet. Doris Duke Center. Gardens members $48; general public $60. Fee for multiple sessions: Gardens members $43; general public $54. 4/26 6:30-9 p.m. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well
This presentation will review what you should look for when purchasing and planting plants: plant sources, how to evaluate a plant, how to correctly plant a tree, shrub, groundcover or perennial and then what is necessary to establish a plant. Doris Duke Center. Free events but registration is required at 919-668-1707. No parking fees after 5 p.m. 4/27 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Dig into Veggies!
This five week course explores all aspects of a vegetable garden from planning the garden to making a plate beautiful with vegetables. Each week’s class will consist of time in the garden and activities from the Junior Master Gardening program, “Learn, Grow, Eat and Go!” 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $60 for Arboretum members, $75 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Nature-themed stories are followed by a related activity or garden walk. Suggested for children ages 3-5. Thursdays through June 8. Meet in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden Story Circle. 4/27, 5-4, 5/11, 5/18. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Free drop-in activity. Parking fees apply. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Join us as we celebrate 24 years of Spring Daze in Fred G. Bond Park. Spring Daze features over 170 NC artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. 4/29 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary. 919-469-4100, townofcary.org.
Screen Printing (Serigraphy) is a printmaking medium that enables you to create multiples of your original art work. Learn how to make simple Screen Prints without expensive tools or materials. This workshop will cover printing on T-shirts and/or paper, creating designs for printing, cutting a stencil, preparing the screen, and printing multiples of your design. All materials will be water based. Screens and squeegees will be provided. A $25 materials fee due the day of the workshop will cover all materials needed for printing. Please bring up to five clean light colored T shirts (preferably 100% cotton) plus cards or special paper you would like to print on. 4/29 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $45. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.
Green Home Tour
The Triangle Green Home Tour features innovative, high-performance and unique homes in various stages of construction open to everyone for a free self-guided tour. Tour dates are April 29-30 and May 6-7, Noon-5 pm. A green building professional at each site answers questions about that home’s particular green features. There are 30 homes on the tour: Durham (4), Orange (8), Chatham (9), Wake (6), Granville (2) and Person County (1). No tickets required. Visit TriangleGreenHomeTour.com to view the online tour guide or download the mobile app. Free. 919-493-8899, hbadoc.com.
Activating the Backyard
Join landscape designer Preston Montague at the JCRA for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space. Participants wishing to take the practicum portion of this program should ensure availability, by contacting Chris Glenn 919-513-7005 prior to registering online. Individual, one-hour sessions with Preston are available on Saturday, April 29 from 1-6 pm. 4/29 9 a.m.-11 a.m. $120 for members, $160 for nonmembers for the April 29 class and a practicum later in the day. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Lucy Dierks: Avian Tablescapes
Cedar Creek Gallery will exhibit Asheville potter Lucy Dierks, who has been making pottery for the past twenty years and is passionate about Asian art and pottery and draws heavily from these traditions to create her pieces. 4/29-5/21 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd, Creedmoor. 919-528-1041, cedarcreekgallery.com.
Mystic Farm and Distillery Tour and Tasting
A world-class distillery tour and tasting at the Triangle’s only Farm Distillery. Learn about the entire process of making Bourbon whiskey and other acclaimed spirits from the grain fields to the bottling line. Afterward, enjoy a walking tour of the farm or a game of giant Jenga on our covered porch. 4/29, 5/6, 5/ 13, 5/20. 2 p.m.-3 p.m., 4 p.m.-5 p.m. $10 and up. Mystic Farm & Distillery, 1212 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Durham. whatismystic.com.
Sewing Custom Wrap Skirts
Learn to piece together a bohemian style wrap skirt. Beginning sewers are welcome. This is unique way to use small fabric scraps to create a beautiful project as well as to further develop your sewing skills. All materials are provided. 4/30 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960.
Arboretum Guided Tour
Guided tours are available to the public free of charge every Sunday at 2 pm through October. Join one of the JCRA’s 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. 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
‘Gala in the Garden Sneak Peak’
Usually, the plant selections for auction during our annual Gala are kept mostly under wraps. This year, you’ll get a chance to see a few of the choice specimens that will be up for bidding. 5/2 9-10:30 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m. Free for members, $5 for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Walk on the Wild Side
Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. 5/4, 5/11, 5/18. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Fee: $10; $7 for Gardens members. Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
An Insider’s Guide to the Gardens
Stroll Duke Gardens with two experienced photographers and learn more about “how to look” for those unique views and unknown spots. Meet at the Doris Duke Center. 5/4, 5/18 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Gardens members $14; general public $18. Register for all sessions at $12/16 per session. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
8th annual Herbfest featuring plant and craft booths, live butterfly releases, craft demos, kids activity, food trucks, a bake sale and a fabulous silent auction. Tour the Page Educational Herb Garden and learn about the Pollinator Garden that features native plants. 5/6 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 919-460-4963, friendsofpagewalker.org.
Craft Saturday: Historic Games
Visit Stagville for an Open House and learn about historic games. Make your own to take home. 5/6 10 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE, suggested donation of $1 per person. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 919-620-0120, stagville.org.
Eastern Mountain Leather Shoes
Each student will learn how to create modern versions of traditional moccasins. We will cover a variety of hand and machine techniques so you can design custom shoes. Each student will leave with a pair of leather shoes they make themselves and the knowledge of how to make more. All materials are provided. 5/6 12 p.m.-3 p.m. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960.
Mother Earth News Fair
At the Mother Earth News Fair, you’ll discover workshops and lectures to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance. Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, learn everything you need to know. 5/6 9 a.m.-6 p.m., 5/7 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $60 for both days, kids enter free. Western NC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd., Fletcher. 800-234-3368.
Beginning Sewing Class
Join a textile artist and sewing instructor for this class designed for brand new beginners and re-entry sewers. We will cover tools and sewing concepts, machine threading and troubleshooting, straight stitch, zig-zag, and applique stitches. Students will design and sew a class project using The Scrap Exchange’s awesome wealth of fabrics and trims. All tools and materials are provided, but feel free to bring your own sewing machine, fabric scissors, and/or fabrics. Registration is suggested. Space is limited. 5/7 1-4 p.m. $30. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960.
Gala in the Garden
At Gala in the Garden you’ll enjoy great food and drinks, a stroll around the gardens and the chance to bid on auction items. The proceeds raised are the critical unrestricted funds used for daily operational expenses and ongoing research of landscape plants at JC Raulston Arboretum. We need your support to keep our gates open, to keep the gardens in top shape, to keep the plant collections growing and the educational programs thriving. 5/7 3:30-7 p.m. $100 per ticket for members, $125 per ticket for nonmembers. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Locally Made Market
We will have over 20 of the most talented and unique local artisans on site selling their locally made items. Don’t forget to enter the onsite drawing to win one our many giveaways. 5/7 Noon-4 p.m. The Mayton Inn, 301 S. Academy St., Cary. 919-670-5000, maytoninn.com.
From medicine to fabric, people use plants for more than just food. Learn the parts of a plant and explore how they can be useful. Seek out these special plants in the garden and plant some yourself. 5/8 10:30-11:30 a.m. Gardens members $7 per class; general public $10 per class. Register for all 4 classes at $6/$9 per class. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Gardening in Durham
Understanding Durham’s soil and climate will help you succeed in your garden, whether you are a Durham native or a transplant, an experienced gardener or just beginning. Join master gardener Gene Carlone as he explains the strategies and techniques that are time-tested in Durham and help you take advantage of our year-round growing season. Free but pre-registration required. 5/11 6:30-8 p.m. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Book Launch: “Gardening in the South”
Mark Weathington, Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum: This lecture will discuss important suggestions to improve your southern garden. Mark’s new book, “Gardening in the South,” will also be available. It is comprehensive, enthusiastic and accessible to gardeners of all levels. It features information on site and plant selection, soil preparation and maintenance, and basic design principles. Plant profiles highlight the region’s best perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and bulbs. 5/11 7:30-9 p.m. Free for Friends of JCRA, NC State students (with ID) and Dept of Horticultural Science faculty and staff; all others $5. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Photography Walk: “Macro”
Presented by Susan Bailey. Exploring the close-up world in the garden and achieve strong compositions and fun abstracts. Bring a camera with macro lens or the ability to focus close and a tripod. A long lens option will be explained if you do not have close-up equipment. 5/11 2-3 p.m. $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers. Advanced registration is required. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Garden Club Mad Hatter Tea and Garden/Art Tour
Wake Forest Garden Club will host its’ Mad Hatters Tea Party & Garden and Art Tour. A $20 traditional plated tea will be served from 11-2 at the Historic Wake Forest Museum building and a $15 Garden Tour featuring 10 area gardens and artists. Free festivities include a Plant Sale & Classic Cars. Wakeforestgardenclub@aol.com or wfgardenclubevents.org. 5/13 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 for High Tea, $15 for Garden/Art Tour. Wake Forest Historical Museum, 414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest. 919-556-2911, wakeforestmuseum.org.
Sprouts & Microgreens
Grow healthy protein-rich food indoors year-round and learn about the health benefits of sprouting your seeds, beans, grains and nuts. You’ll receive sprouting containers and learn how to easily grow sprouts and microgreens at home in a few basic steps. Also, recipes for making sprouted hummus, almond milk, sprouted nut “cheese”, sprouted bread, a fermented sprout drink, and more. 5/13 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. $18. The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Rd., Durham. 919-688-6960.
Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society
The CCCS meets the 3rd Monday of each month, featuring a guest speaker and information about growing exhibition mums. Visitors are welcome. 5/15 Noon-2 p.m. No Charge. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Brie Arthur will to encourage us to “think outside the box” and learn how pairing edibles in a traditional ornamental landscape increases biodiversity and adds purpose to everyday spaces. Arthur is the author of “The Foodscape Revolution.” 5/16 6:30-8 p.m. $10 per meeting for non-members. Forum members free with $25 annual membership. Duke University, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Girl Scout Program Juniors: “Flowers”
Take a closer look at flowers. After exploring flower parts and why plants have flowers, scouts get creative with flowers in a craft project and will make a floral arrangement to take home. Fulfills requirements for the Flowers Badge. 5/21 2-4:30 p.m. Please see the Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines Program and Events Guide for registration details. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Natural Beekeeping Practices
A talk about natural beekeeping practices given by Alice Hinman. 5/21 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Free Registration Required. Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St, Cary. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com.
Creating a Sustainable Landscape
An insightful talk by Dale Batchelor about how to use native plants in your garden. These plants help you cut down on maintenance and also help wildlife. The talk will focus on how we can better help the honeybee. Also features an art exhibit and info on charitable giving to Apiopolis, an urban bee sanctuary and Bee Better a non-profit organization that helps homeowners build better backyards for bees. 5/21 2-3 p.m. Free Registration Required. Village Art Circle, 200 S. Academy St, Cary. 919-210-0398, villageartcircle.com.