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Helen Yoest speaking in Raleigh, plus birding, gardening and other events

Raleigh gardener and author Helen Yoest will be speaking May 7 at Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden in Raleigh.
Raleigh gardener and author Helen Yoest will be speaking May 7 at Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden in Raleigh. Juli Leonard

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

Friends of the Page-Walker Herbfest

The 7th annual Herbfest features plant and craft booths, live butterfly releases, craft demos, kids activity, food trucks, bake sale and a fabulous silent auction. Tour the herb garden and see the brand new pollinator garden. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7. Free. Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 919-460-4963, friendsofpagewalker.org.

Birding with Vernon

Join bird enthuasiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats. 8:30-10 a.m. May 7. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx

Good Berry Bad Berry

We’re excited to welcome Helen Yoest, local gardening expert. She will talk about the multitude of berries growing wild in our region, and how to find and identify edible vs. toxic berries while foraging. Ms. Yoest’s book “Good Berry, Bad Berry” will be available for sale and signing. 10 a.m. May 7. Free. Atlantic Avenue Orchid & Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-878-8877, atlanticavenuegarden.com.

Flower Fest

Springtime brings a profusion of blooms to the gardens! Explore the thousands of flowers with a scavenger hunt. In addition, the older group (ages 6 to 8) will learn basic flower anatomy. Adult chaperone required.Information/registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. 10:30 a.m. May 9. $7-$10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Day Trip to Meredith Arboretum & Gardens at Meredith College

Aaron Schettler, head groundskeeper at Meredith College, leads this tour. The campus at Meredith College, like any other public garden setting, has been changing and evolving to adapt to the needs of the student body while offering an alluring and diverse plant material to visitors.9:45-11 a.m. May 10. $15; $10 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Participants in this workshop will make and take home a fully functional 55-gallon rain barrel. All supplies and tools are provided. 6:45-7:45 p.m. May 10. $45. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.

Dig It! Gardening for Kids

Work with hand tools, play with dirt and explore nature through games, free play and organic gardening in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Sign up for one or more sessions. A healthy snack is provided. No strollers or unregistered siblings, please. 4-5:30 p.m. May 11, May 18. $10; $7 members. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Friends of the Arboretum Lecture: Inspiring Gardens of the World

John Elsley, Horticultural Consultant presents this lecture. Visiting gardens has been a stimulating element, both professionally and personally, throughout John’s career. In his presentation John will show some of his favorite gardens, emphasizing their personal appeal. 7:30-9 p.m. May 12. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.

Create a Three Sisters Garden: Family Workshop

Family workshop for ages 5-12 with accompanying adult. Corn, beans, squash... oh my! Learn how to create your own three sisters garden, a traditional form of companion planting, with these delicious native crops by helping us to plant one in our Growing Garden. Fee, per child: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult. 1 p.m. May 14. $10 per child ($8 for NCBG members); no fee for accompanying adult. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Priceless Pollinators

Learn the importance of valuable pollinators such as bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and how to attract them to the garden. This class is for anyone who seeks bountiful harvests of fruits and veggies along with those who wish to simply delight in their beauty & activity. RSVP to info@logantrd.com or call 919-828-5337 ext. 100. 9-10 a.m. May 14. Free. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.

Bonsai Lecture & Workshop

Bonsai combines a 3-D art form and basic horticulture. Join Harold Johnson, Triangle Bonsai Society, in this two-part educational program as he discusses and demonstrates the art and science of bonsai. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 14. $90 lecture & workshop; $70 members; $10 lecture only; $5 lecture only members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Chrysanthemum Propagation Workshop

Participants will be shown how to take stem cuttings from mums for propagation. Post cutting care and general mum growing will be presented. A discussion of the 13 classes of chrysanthemums will help individuals make informed choices as to which classes of mums they will want to grow. 8:30-11:30 a.m. May 14. $25; $20 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Home Landscape Design Workshop

This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project and implement a plan with sustainable practices and materials. Specific topics include principles of design, analysis of the property, functional flow, and public and private areas. The class will review each student’s landscape project. You will receive a list of native plants frequently used in home landscapes. 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. May 14. $120; $108 members. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

Botany Bar Crawl

Learn how plants create our favorite alcoholic beverages. First, learn the botany behind the booze before getting into the science of production at the brewery. An additional fee for facility tour and sampling may apply. 2-4 p.m. May 15. $5-$11. Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. 919-682-2337, fullsteam.ag.

Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting

12-2 p.m. May 16. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.

Durham Garden Forum: What’s Wrong with My Tree?:

A tree is a significant investment. Bryan Lowrance will review the basics of planting, exposing the root collar and maintaining for longevity (no volcano mulch!). He will also speak of the potential connection between neonics, other pesticides, mosquito treatments and the loss of beneficial insects that help our trees. No pre-registration necessary. 6:30 p.m. May 17. $10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Tree Walk and Talk

Walk the Gardens with Bryan Lowrance and take a closer look at trees. Bryan will discuss insect and disease issues, the cultural needs of trees, and pruning, and he will help you sort out how to help a tree thrive. Participant limit: 15 Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu. 6:30 p.m. May 19. $25-$30. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Native Plant Sale & Festival

A festival celebrating native plants and highlighting the display gardens and habitats of the NCBG. The event will feature the sale of native plants from NCBG and local nurseries, as well as live music, food trucks, tree climbing, and a raffle. Admission is free and all are invited. 4 p.m. May 21. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar.

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.

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