Dahlia Show: The Snohomish County Dahlia Society annual show, free and open to the public, featuring show quality dahlias and growers on hand to answer questions. 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 19, Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. For more information call 425-486-6163 or 360-659-8687.
Fruit tree pruning and grafting: The WSU Snohomish County extension presents two workshops with fruit tree expert Gary Moulton Aug. 18 at Ed's Apples, 13420 339th Ave. SE, Sultan. The pruning class is 10 a.m. to noon. Bring gloves and pruners for hands-on practice. Bud grafting is 1 to 3 p.m. Class size is limited so registration and prepayment are required. The pruning workshop is $25 and the bud grafting is $40. Take both classes for $60. To register, download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ag/workshops/Summer FruitTreePruning2012.pdf and mail with your check or contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039, e-mail email@example.com. For more information on the workshops, contact Andrew Corbin, firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-357-6012.
Beekeeping classes: The Northwest District Beekeeping Association offers two classes with instructors Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen at 21 Acres, 13701 NE 171st St., Woodinville; 425-481-1500. Harvesting honey, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 4; $35. Preparing the hive for winter, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15. Steps to help colonies to survive the winter; $25. For more information or to register and pay online go to 21acres.org/. Register early as class size is limited.
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. Seating is limited. Call 425-257-8597 for reservations. See www.evergreen arboretum.com for more about the arboretum.
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.
Interior design classes: Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Krisofferson of Efficient Oranization NW offer the following classes. Check www.distinctiveinteriordesigns.net, 425-238-3678, or www.EfficientOrganizationNW.com, 425-220-8905.
Free community events
Sept 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Declutter and Decorate, Live in Your Home, Love Your Home at Budget Blinds, 9915 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett.
First Saturday of each month: 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask a Designer color consultations at Lynnwood Miller Paint, 18021 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Ste 103. Register at 425 248-4950.
Everett Parks & Recreation: Register at 425-257-8300, ext. 2 , or www.everettwa.org. Classes taught at VanValey house, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett; 6 to 7:30 p.m., $25 (unless otherwise noted):
Sept. 11: Purge the Paper, Conquer the Piles, Create Files.
Oct. 25: The Art of Hanging Art.
Nov. 13: Loving Your Small Home.
Oct. 2: Declutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage Before Winter.
Dec. 13: Furniture University: Quality, Placement and Styles to Make Your Home Wow.
Marysville Parks & Recreation: register 360-363-8400, www.marysvillewa.gov. classes taught at Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Classes from 6 to 7:30pm, $22 (unless otherwise noted):
Sept. 20: Decluttering, Decisions and Downsizing for Seniors.
Sept. 27: Get Psyched About Color: What Colors to Paint Your Rooms and Why.
Oct. 18: Declutter and Decorate, Live in Your Home, Love Your Home! 6 to 8 p.m., $30.
Nov. 8: Organize Your Kitchen for the Holidays.
Nov. 15: Creative Ways to Infuse Color into Your Home.
Dec. 20: The Significance of Color.
Lake Stevens School District: Watch for fall class lineup. Register at 425-335-1500 or www.lkstevens.wednet.edu. Classes taught at Educational Service Center 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. 6 to 7:30 p.m., $20 (unless otherwise noted).
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.mcauliffes valleynursery.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 also call the master gardener hotline from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through September at 425-357-6010 or visit the Home & Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
Arlington Hardware: 215 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.
Edmonds Farmers Market: 100 block of Fifth Ave. N. in front of Log Cabin; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 6, except Aug. 11.
Everett Farmers Market: Everett waterfront near Marina Village; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30.
Marysville Jenning Park Demonstration Garden: 6915 Armar Road, Marysville; 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 25.
Monroe Evergreen State Fair: Fairgrounds, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 to Sept. 3.
Mukilteo Farmers Market: Mukilteo Lighthouse; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29.
Snohomish Farmers Market: First and Union streets, Snohomish; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30.
Stanwood-Camano Island Fair: Fairgrounds, Stanwood; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5.
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