A weekly roundup of home and garden classes, tours and more in the Triangle.
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. June 4. $120; $108 members. N. C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.
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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.
Join some of the JCRA staff members in this hands-on workshop and learn how to asexually propagate some of your favorite plants at the arboretum. Participants choose which plants they want to propagate from the JCRA’s collection of over 6,000 taxa (few exceptions apply, though). Techniques discussed can be done at home. This workshop is open to all knowledge/experience levels, and participants are asked to bring a lunch. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 4. $120; $100 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Summer Flora with Milo Pyne, Plant Ecologist . This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. No prerequisites. 9:30 a.m. Saturdays (June 4-July 23), $130 ($117 for NCBG members). N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/
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. June 4. Free. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.
Perennial Plant Propagation Workshop
Our interactive propagation workshop has become one of our guaranteed sellout classes each year. The hands-on workshop will cover an amazing array of propagation techniques including seed, cuttings, divisions, plant breeding, and darn near everything but grafting. The focus of the workshop is perennials, but the techniques can be adapted to most plants. The class is held in a non-air conditioned shipping shed, so guests are advised to dress for the heat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4. $170. Plant Delights Nursery & Juniper Level Botanic Garden, 9241 Sauls Road, Raleigh. 919-772-4794, plantdelights.com.
Tour D’Coop is a family-friendly tour spotlighting urban chicken coops, bee hives, and gardens throughout Raleigh and Cary. Proceeds support Urban Ministries of Wake County’s programs to alleviate and eliminate poverty. The Tour features a self-guided map of backyard coops, an eco-friendly bike route through downtown Raleigh, a coop raffle and super sites hosting local food trucks and activities for children. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 4. $10-$20 suggested donation. Urban Ministries of Wake County, 1390 Capital Blvd, Raleigh. 919-836-1642, tourdcoop.com
Ethnobotany at Mason Farm
Join Hillsborough herbalist and wildcrafter Will Endres for a Sunday afternoon at the N.C. Botanical Garden’s Mason Farm Biological Reserve. While walking through this beautiful 367-acre reserve, students not only learn the identification and proper edible and medicinal usage of the local plants, but also their unique history and lore. Students will need: comfortable walking shoes; appropriate warm-weather clothing; perhaps rain gear; an 8-1/2 x 11 spiral-bound notebook; 3/4-inch clear scotch tape; and a pen. Fee: $48 ($43 NCBG Members). 1:30 p.m. June 5. $48 ($43 NCBG Members). N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.
Early Summer Blossoms
Duke Gardens displays plants in bloom throughout the year. Learn which plants ornament our early summer in this stroll through the Gardens to see fringe trees, late magnolias, peonies and more. Beautiful plants that provide color, delight, fragrance, and seasonality.Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or email@example.com. 2:30 p.m. June 9. $5-$7. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Come learn about growing, preparing and incorporating culinary herbs to add zing to your favorite dishes, drinks and desserts. 9-10 a.m. June 11. Free. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.
Fairy Garden Class
Create your own tiny oasis. Bring your own creative container or buy one on site and receive help with planting it after class. 11 a.m. June 11. Free. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590,
Create a unique English stone-like planting trough for your garden or patio. 9 a.m.-noon. June 11. $75. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
Concrete Leaf Workshop
Lasting Impressions’ Concrete Leaf workshop teaches you to use a real leaf to form and create a unique concrete leaf for your home or garden, Each one has the exact details found in your leaf. All materials are provided and you will take your leaf home with you. 1-3 p.m. June 11. $65. Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr, Raleigh. 919-787-6228, lastingimpressionsleaves.com.
Native Plant Propagation
Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11. $38. $34 members. North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/.
Nature Adventures Camp
Plant, tend, harvest and taste fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Each day campers will have work time and dirt time in the children’s garden, and the week will end with a harvest of delicious seasonal produce to take home. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 13-17. $200; $170 additional sibling; $100 extended care (4pm). Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society Monthly Meeting
Noon-2 p.m. June 20. Free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu.
Water Gardens for your Home
Hear from an expert about creating a living water system in a small pond or even a container. Jonathan Kidder designs and installs custom designed ponds, fountains and water features in both residential and commercial landscapes. Location: Doris Duke Center No pre-registration necessary. 6:30 p.m. June 21. $10. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Success in the Shade
Instead of looking at the shadow-zone as a problem, it’s time to look at these areas as assets. This presentation will introduce you to what allows certain plants to adapt to shade and discuss a variety of plants that will fill your shady landscape with lush foliage and color variations. Registration/information: 919-668-1707 or firstname.lastname@example.org. 6:30 p.m. June 23. Free. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.
Botany of Gardening
What makes a seed wake up and germinate? How are flowers pollinated and how are fruit formed? This workshop delves into the science of gardening as we journey through a growing season. Discussion and hands-on activities will cover seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables and the science behind gardening practices. 9:30 a.m.-noon June 25. $30; $28 members. N.C. Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/calendar/
Future Gardeners: Trash to Treasure: Compost:
Learn about how breaking down that organic material makes great fertilizer for plants; make a starter kit to take home.9-10 a.m. June 25. $5. Logan Trading Company, 707 Semart Dr, Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.