Here are a few upcoming Home and Garden events across the Triangle:
Learn about edible and medicinal trees
Herbalist Kim Calhoun is offering an “Spring Equinox Tree Food and Medicine Ramble” in Chatham County from 1-5 p.m. March 20.
Calhoun will guide students through tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, as well as food and medicine preparations and uses.
Tickets cost $40 if bought before Feb. 20 or $45 after that date. Anyone age 14 or older is welcome. Participants need to be able to walk on uneven surfaces. The walk will happen rain or shine.
Buy tickets online: abundancehealingarts.com.
Calhoun is also teaching a class that meets 3-7 p.m. Thursdays from March 31-April 28 on wild edible and medicinal plants through Central Carolina Community College.
The five-week course costs $99. Register in person or by phone at 919-545-8044.
Home Depot offers free DIY classes
The home improvement store chain offers free workshops each weekend. Here is a sample of upcoming workshops at Wake County stores:
Build a Storage Bench, 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 23; Paint Tips and Trends, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 13; Decorative Molding, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Installing Tile Backsplash, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 20; Installing a Toilet, 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 21; Installing a Light Fixture, 10-11:30 a.m. Feb. 27.
They also offer do-it-herself workshops for women: Build a Decorative Rope Shelf, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 18. And they offer children’s workshops: Valentine’s Mailbox, 9 a.m.-noon Feb. 6.
These classes are happening at the store at 4901 Capital Blvd., Raleigh.
Check individual stores for class schedules: workshops.homedepot.com.
Mindfulness in the Garden workshop
Anita Avent of Juniper Level Botanic Garden in southern Wake County is teaching a mindfulness workshop on Jan. 30.
The retreat is “is designed to quiet the thinking mind, awaken the senses, and relax the body,” according to Avent who will lead the workshop. The class is from 10 a.m.-noon and will be held in the garden’s education center.
The class costs $40 per person. Seating is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 919-772-4794. For more information and directions, visit jlbg.org.
The garden is at 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh.
Scrap Exchange offers workshops
Durham’s Scrap Exchange has several beginner classes for crafty and gardening types:
▪ Beginning Sewing from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Jan. 31, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. Cost: $30.
▪ Knitting 101 (2 sessions), 2-4 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 7. Cost: $35.
▪ Fun Fabric Flowers, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 5. Cost: $10.
▪ Introduction to Tapestry Weaving, 2-5 p.m. Feb. 27. Cost: $30.
▪ Worm Make-and-Take Bin (learn how to make a compost bin) 2-4 p.m. March 6. Cost: $37.
▪ Basic Serger Sewing (learn how to use overlock sewing machines), 12:30-3:30 p.m. March 20. Cost: $30.
Registration is suggested. Space is limited. Register for any class more than three weeks in advance, and receive a $5 store voucher. This voucher is valid for two weeks toward the purchase of any materials in the Scrap Exchange retail store. Voucher is provided on the first day of class.
The Scrap Exchange is at 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham.
Info: 919-688-6960, scrapexchange.org.
Reminder: Learn to build a birdhouse at N.C. State
If you want to learn how to build a birdhouse, the Crafts Center at N.C. State is offering a class 6:30-9:30 p.m. Mondays, Jan. 25-Feb. 15. The class, taught by Crafts Center director George Thomas, will introduce woodworking and show how to create a good habitat for these feathered friends. Cost: $67 plus $8 for supplies.
This is an ideal way to enter the JC Raulston Arboretum’s annual birdhouse competition.
More details on entry requirements can be found at jcra.ncsu.edu/birdhouses/.
The crafts center is at 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh. To enroll in a class, you must go online, print out registration form and return form and money for class in person.
Info: 919-515-2457, ncsu.edu/crafts.
Kinfolk book winner
Attention Camize Spell! You won the Kinfolk book on our Facebook page. Please call 919-829-4848 to claim your prize so we can ship this book to you.