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Upcoming gardening classes: hellebores, terrariums, bluebirds

Fairview Garden Center is offering a hellebore class on Feb. 20.
Fairview Garden Center is offering a hellebore class on Feb. 20. Courtesy of JC Raulston Arboretum

A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more.

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Children’s Winter Walk

Chase away the winter blues with a hike through the Arboretum’s Winter Garden. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center, and then go out into the Winter Garden which is filled with beautiful evergreens, winter flowers and sweet fragrances. After the walk warm up inside with a good book and a fun winter craft. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. $5. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Hello Hellebores: Winter’s Blooms

Join us for an in-depth discussion on Winter’s most captivating blooms. Maggie, a perennial plant expert from Riverbend Nursery, will give you all the tips and tricks you need to grow Hellebores filled with bountiful blooms. She will also discuss the latest and greatest varieties to add to your collection. 2 p.m. Feb. 20. Free. Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center, 8224 Holly Springs Rd., Raleigh. 919-851-6821, fairviewgardencenter.com.

Carol Stein’s Gardeners Forum: Gardening for Bluebirds

Garden writer Carol Stein shows you how to attract and interact with bluebirds. Registration required. 11 a.m. Feb. 20. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Road., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.

Terrariums and Fairy Gardens

Work with gardener and designer, Anna, as she shows you how to create a very small garden. Whether it is a terrarium or a fairy garden, learn all of the basics of building, design, and care. Bring your own container or select one from the store. $25 includes all of the “building materials,” including gravel, activated charcoal, moss and soil. Plants and garden accessories are extra. 2-3:30 p.m. Feb. 21. $25. Garden Supply Company, 1421 Old Apex Rd., Cary. 919-460-7747, gardensupplyco.com.

Kennel Quilting Event

This all-day sewing event benefits the Orange County and Chatham County animal shelters. The shop’s classrooms will be set up with machines and kits to create charity kennel quilts. Everyone who participates will be eligible to win an in-store prize. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22. Free. Thimble Pleasures Quilt Shop, 225 S. Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill. 919-968-6050, thimblepleasures.com.

Delights Nursery 2016 Open Nursery and Garden Days

Open to the public only eight weekends each year, Plant Delights Nursery sells unique, rare, and native perennial plants. Established in 1988 by NC plantsman Tony Avent, PDN is an international mail-order retail perennial plant nursery. PDN is located on the 28-acre campus of Juniper Level Botanic Garden in Southern Wake County. Rain or shine. Free parking. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 26-27; 1-5 p.m. Feb. 28; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4-5. Free. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Rd, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.

Future Gardeners: Seed Starting

How do tiny seeds become great big plants? What do seeds need to grow? At this class kids will learn all about seeds and how to grow them. Kids can pick, plant, and take home their very own started seed. 9-10 a.m. Feb. 27. $5. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.

Pest Management in the Organic Garden

Insects are essential partners in the garden, and most are welcome. Others can be a menace and should be controlled. Learn the various techniques to minimize pests while maximizing insect friends. 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 2. $90; $70 members. Duke University – Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Nature for Sprouts

Explore the outdoors at Duke Gardens with your child. Each week includes stories, songs, movement, observation and hands-on creative projects that explore the Gardens. 10:30-11:30 a.m. March 4. $10; $7 members and Duke staff/members. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Vegetable Gardening 101

Nelsa shows you how to grow your own seasonal vegetables. Big gardens, small and even container gardens. 11 a.m. March 5. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590,

NC State Fairground Flea Market

Each weekend, the Commercial and Education buildings, the Shoppes at Dorton, and the outside grounds are host to hundreds of dealers, craftsmen, and booths. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays. Free. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road., Raleigh. 919-733-2626, ncstatefair.org.