EarthPots: Melanie Miller from OBC Northwest demonstrates a simple, environmentally friendly way to start roots, avoid transplant shock, help plants root faster and healthier at 1 p.m. April 15 at The Plant Farm, 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351; www.theplantfarm.com. No registration is necessary for this free event.
Planting Spring Crops, Maintaining Organic Garden: Master gardener Diane Decker-Ihle leads a class from 10 a.m. to noon April 28 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 913 Second Ave., Snohomish. Suggested donation: $2. Reservations: Kati Anderson, 360-691-9673.
Home design and organization: Designer Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Kristofferson from Efficient Organization offer classes in home decor and organization Register at Marysville Parks & Recreation website, www.marysvillewa.gov, call 360-363-8400. Lake Stevens School District classes at Educational Service Center 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. Register 425-335-1500; www.lkstevens.wednet.edu. April 19: Organize & Design Your Office for Optimal Productivity, 6 to 8 p.m. $30. Marysville Library.
• April 26: Decisions, Decluttering & Downsizing for Seniors, 6 to 7:30 p.m. $20, Lake Stevens.
• May 9: Decluttering, Decisions & Downsizing for Seniors, 6 to 7:30 p.m. $22, Marysville Library.
• May 15: Declutter, Organize & Park in Your Garage Again, 6 to 7:30 p.m. $20, Lake Stevens.
• June 5: Design and Organize Your Kitchen for Beauty and Efficiency, 6 to 8 p.m. $30, Lake Stevens.
• May 5: Declutter, Design, Desserts & Donate (For a Cause), a free class from 10 a.m. to noon. Call 425-238-3678 for more information. Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club, 1609 E. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Stevens.
• April 17, 24: Office Efficiency Series, Paper, Time Managerment, Email Management, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $70 for series at VanValey house, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett. Register at Everett Parks & Recreation, 425-257-8300, ext. 2, www.everettwa.org.
Sustainable gardening lecture series: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Friday through April 13, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. A limited number of single-lecture tickets may be available for $20 at the door. See www.gardenlectures.com to buy tickets and see the speaker schedule and biographies. Call 425-357-6010 with questions.
• April 13: “Designing the Landscape with Low Maintenance in Mind” with Polly Hankin, landscape architect.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens 2012 lectures: Noon to 1 p.m. select Saturdays, at the arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, either in the indoor classroom or, when appropriate, outside on the arboretum grounds. All the classes are free except for the $30 Mother’s Day basket class on May 12. Seating is limited. Call 425-257-8597 for reservations. See www.evergreenarboretum.com. for more about the arboretum.
• April 21: “Plant Propagation” with master gardener Frankie Dennison.
• May 12: “Mother’s Day Baskets” with arboretum volunteer Dee Drake. Cost is $30 per person, cash or check.
• May 19: “Gardening Using Native Plants” with master gardener Susan Egan.
• June 23: “Summer Pruning of Japanese Maples” with Charlie Morgan, owner of Amazing Maples of Mukilteo.
• July 21: “Garden Photography” with John Lindstrom, retired Everett Community College photography instructor.
• Aug. 18: “Yoga for Gardeners” with Beverly Anderson, Everett Community College yoga instructor. Bring your own mat, rug or blanket.
• Sept. 15: “Fall and Winter Containers” with arboretum volunteer Dee Drake.
• Oct. 20: “Putting Your Garden to Bed” with master gardener Frankie Dennison.
• Nov. 10: “Holiday Centerpieces from Your Backyard” with Bob Adrian, owner of Flowers by Adrian of Everett.
• Dec. 8: “Winter Blooming Plants” with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.
These local nurseries feature gardening classes, guest speakers and special events throughout the year, often for no charge. Check their websites or call for details.
• Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse: 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; 360-466-3821; www.christiansonsnursery.com.
• McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery: 11910 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-862-1323; www.mcauliffesvalleynursery.com.
• Molbak’s Garden & Home: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000; www.molbaks.com.
• My Garden: 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-402-1842; www.mygardennursery.com.
• Pine Creek Nursery: 23225 Sofie Road, Monroe; 360-863-8866; pinecreeknursery.com.
• Sky Nursery: 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; 206-546-4851; www.skynursery.com.
• Sunnyside Nursery: 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; 425-334-2002; www.sunnysidenursery.net.
• The Plant Farm at Smokey Point: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351; www.theplantfarm.com.
• Wight’s Home & Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-3636; www.wights.com.
Got a gardening question? Consult a local master gardener at a public plant clinic. If you have a plant with a problem or disease, bring in a fresh plant sample that, if possible, includes the diseased area, a transition area and a healthy area. Photos are also helpful. You can call the master gardener hot line from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March at 425-357-6010 or visit the WSU Snohomish County Extension offices during the same hours at 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
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