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Take a blacksmithing class at Hillsborough’s Woodcrest Farm

Hillsborough’s Woodcrest Farm is offering blacksmithing classes.
Hillsborough’s Woodcrest Farm is offering blacksmithing classes. Courtesy of Woodcrest Farm

Learn how to blacksmith

Hillsborough’s Woodcrest Farm is offering three upcoming blacksmithing classes for beginner and experienced students.

The classes will be 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 9. The classes each cost $45.

In this hands-on course, students will learn traditional coal forge techniques from Allan Green in the Woodcrest Farm forge. They will learn fire-building, drawing out, forging, twists, bending and finishing simple objects. Advanced students will learn forge-welding, tool-making, traditional joinery and design. Students need to be over 18 years of age or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The farm is at 5604 Dairyland Road, Hillsborough.

To register, send an email to info@woodcrestfarmnc.com or call 919-933-5105

Info: woodcrestfarmnc.com

Two gardening courses at JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh is offering interesting courses from two of its popular instructors.

▪ Bryce Lane, an emeritus N.C. State University horticulture professor, will teach a seven-week course on the history of gardening at 6:30 p.m. Mondays starting Sept. 12. Cost: $175-$215.

▪ Helen Yoest, a Raleigh garden writer and director of the Bee Better nonprofit, will teach a four-week course on creating a sustainable urban wildlife habitat for birds, bees and butterflies at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 14. Cost: $100-$125.

To register, go online at https://jcra.ncsu.edu/events/calendar/index.php.

For information, call 919-515-3132

The arboretum is at 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh.

Reminder: Orchid auction on Saturday

The Triangle Orchid Society will be auctioning a wide array of blooming orchids to help support its programs and second annual Fall Orchid Show.

The auction will be 1-3:30 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Beech Shelter at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville. A list of plants will be posted on the society’s website about a week beforehand at triangleorchidsociety.org.

If you want to meet fellow orchid lovers, bring a covered dish to share at noon for a potluck lunch.

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