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Learn about moths at Lake Crabtree and more upcoming home and garden events

Today’s Best Shot comes from reader C. Lada Sochynsky of Durham, who photographed this giant silkworm moth June 12.
Today’s Best Shot comes from reader C. Lada Sochynsky of Durham, who photographed this giant silkworm moth June 12. Courtesy of C. Lada Sochynsky

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

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Make a Wind Chime

Using all recycled materials, kids will build musical wind chimes. 9-10 a.m. July 23. $5. Logan Trading Co., 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337, logantrd.com.

Moth Night

Celebrate National Moth Week by helping to identify moths around Lake Crabtree. Learn about some of the many families of moths in North Carolina, and then check moth “traps” to see them up close. 8-10 p.m. July 29. $1. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.

Hypertufa Trough Workshop

Hypertufa troughs were developed in England as an alternative to old stone sinks which were used to feed and water livestock. They provide excellent drainage and can highlight those special small plants that you have! A planted trough can be a garden unto itself. Participants will mix the ingredients, build a container, and learn how to release a finished container from its mold. 9 a.m.-noon. July 23. $85; $75 members. Includes materials. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Roof-to-Roots Rain Water Harvesting

Horticulturist and designer Frank Hyman will show how to install inexpensive 275-gallon super rain barrels (not ugly 50-gallon pickle barrels) that send water uphill without a pump, that support fish, frogs, dragon flies and water lilies. Will also cover seven kinds of water-conserving mulch: five of which are free; two of which are permanent; one of which can grow edible mushrooms. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. July 23. $35. Bayleaf Cottage, 1412 N. Mangum St., Durham, 919-824-2239 Reserve your space via Paypal at the “classes” page in frankhyman.com

Cast Concrete Leaf Workshop

This two-hour workshop will teach you everything you need to know about how to prepare your leaf, mix the concrete medium, and mold a natural leaf sculpture to hang on an inside wall or use outside in a garden. 1-3 p.m. July 23. $75; $65 members (materials included). JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Nature Adventures Camp: Plant It, Grow It, Eat It

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. July 25-29. $200; $170 additional sibling; $100 extended care (4 p.m.). Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Summer Ladies’ Car Care Clinic

Enjoy wine and snacks, get great giveaways and learn all of the automotive tips and tricks. Taught by ASE and TIA certified mechanics, this class will include both a seminar-style lecture and a hands-on tutorial in the garage. Proceeds will be donated to InterAct of Wake County. 6-8 p.m. July 27. $10. Atlantic Tire & Service, 1380 N.W. Maynard Rd., Cary. 919-319-1614, atlantictireonline.com.

Gartending

Learn how to include fresh produce from the garden in your cocktails. 6 p.m. July 28. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.

Chainmaille Jewelry Workshop

The process of creating chainmaille involves using two pairs of pliers (one in each hand), wielding them like a crab, and opening and closing split rings to create intricate patterns. The process is simple and addictive, although people with arthritis of other hand sensitivities may have difficulty. During the workshop, we will utilize anodized aluminum jumprings, a material that is lightweight, easy to work with, durable, waterproof and easy to clean.Take one workshop or take them all.2:30-4:30 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 6. See website for times; $18 per workshop; materials fee range from $5-8. Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. 919-560-2787, durhamarts.org.

Insect Song Workshop

Summer brings a symphony of singing insects, including crickets, katydids, and cicadas. Learn how to distinguish between the different groups of Orthopterans, and learn the songs of some common species. 9 a.m.-noon. July 30. $1. Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 919-460-3390, www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx.

Candle Making

Without electricity during the 19th century, candles were one of the few sources of light. Try dipping one of your own! There is a fee of $1 per candle. Noon-1 p.m. July 30. $1. Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 919-620-0120, stagville.org.

Parent/Child Clay Workshop

These workshops are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create their very own ceramic artwork. Take one, or take them all! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up about two weeks after the workshop. These workshops take place at the DAC Clay Studio located at Northgate Mall. Aug. 1, 2. See website for times. $15 per child. Durham Arts Council Clay Studio, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 919-286-4238, durhamarts.org.

Plantsmen’s Tour: 40th Anniversary Tour

The JC Raulston Arboretum has a long history of using and promoting vines in the landscape. Look at some favorites in the garden. The tour is lead by director Mark Weathington. 9-10:30 a.m., 6-7:30 p.m. Aug. 2. $5; members free. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Walk on the Wild Side

Explore wild North Carolina in these seasonal walks through the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants on the first Thursday of every month. Meet at the Blomquist Garden entrance. Participant limit is capped at 15. Information/ registration: 919-668-1707 or gardenseducation@duke.edu.Pre-registration required. Parking fees apply. 11 a.m.-noon Aug. 4. $6-$8. Duke University — Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Anderson St. and Erwin Rd., Durham. 919-684-3698, gardens.duke.edu.

Slim & Trim Plants for Small Spaces

Consider the performance of your home landscape. Would you describe it as a fit, functional work of art that reflects your lifestyle and encourages outdoor activity? If not, join Raleigh-based landscape designer Preston Montague for a design course series that will help you revise and reboot your outdoor space. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 6. $40; $30 members. JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh. 919-515-3132, jcra.ncsu.edu/.

Culinary Treats from the Garden

Learn how to make the most of your summer harvest and eat tasty treats from the garden. 11 a.m. August 11. $10. The Garden Hut, 1004 Old Honeycutt Rd., Fuquay-Varina. 919-552-0590.

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