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Wreath workshops in Raleigh and more home and garden events

Wreath workshops, poinsettia talk in Raleigh

Raleigh’s JC Raulston Arboretum is hosting a series of holiday events the first week in December.

On Dec. 1, there are two opportunities to learn how to make a holiday wreath to decorate the home. There is a class from 1-3 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. The class costs $50.

Or if you would like to enjoy some wine and appetizers while you learn how to make a wreath, there is another workshop from 7-9 p.m. Dec. 1. Cost is $55-$70, depending on wreath size.

From 7:30-9 p.m. Dec. 3, the Friends of the Arboretum Lecture will be “Poinsettia: A 200-year Journey from Gangly Mexican Shrub to Christmas Icon.”

The speaker is James E. Faust, a Clemson University associate professor who is writing a book about the poinsettia.

To register for the classes, go online to jcra.ncsu.edu.

The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.

Craft sale at Cary’s Glenaire retirement center

Cary’s Glenaire Retirement Community is hosting its fourth annual craft sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21.

The sale showcases local artists from all over the Triangle selling pottery, quilts, photographs, stationary, wreaths, wood items, glasswork, beading, jewelry, knitted items, scarves, capes, water colors, wallets/purses, silk flower arrangements, children’s holiday blocks, doll clothes, hand-dyed T-shirts and recycled art.

The center is at 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary.

Bonsai expo next month in Kannapolis

The third annual Winter Bonsai Silhouette Expo will be Dec. 5-6 at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The free event features more than 70 trees entered by artists from Florida, New York and the Carolinas.

The expo is organized by bonsai enthusiast Dr. Steven Zeisel, director of the UNC’s Nutrition Research Institute at the Kannapolis research campus. “This year we have more opportunities for beginners and hobbyists to learn how to create a bonsai,” Zeisel said in a news release.

At least a dozen vendors will be selling trees, pots, fertilizer and other supplies. Free demonstrations start 11 a.m. Dec. 5 with Owen Reich, a bonsai artist and teacher who studied at Fujikawa Kouka-en Bonsai Nursery in Japan.

From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 5, master bonsai artist William N. Valavanis will host “Bonsai for the Beginner.” Valavanis is the owner and founder of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, N.Y.

From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 6, John Geanangle and Ken Duncan, bonsai artists from Columbia, S.C., will demonstrate how to build a boxwood forest on a slab. The two are consistent winners at the annual Carolina Bonsai Expo in Asheville.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 6, there will be a dinner and auction. Tickets cost $30 per person and must be purchased by Nov. 30. Go to nando.com/bonsaiexpo.

The event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 6 at David H. Murdock Core Laboratory Building, 150 Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis.

Enter to win a Southern Living 50th anniversary book

We’re giving away a copy of the new book from the editors of Southern Living magazine celebrating its 50 years of existence: “Southern Living 50 Years: A Celebration of People, Places and Culture.”

To enter, you must go to the N&O Lifestyles Facebook page, “like” the page and leave a comment on the post before midnight Nov. 30. This could be the perfect holiday gift for the Southern Living fan in your life. Good luck!