Seattle Floating Homes Tour: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Self-guided walking tour of 12 homes on east Lake Union. Tickets, $25 plus handling fee, can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets, www.brownpapertickets.com, by phone at 800-838-3006, or in person at 220 Nickerson St. in Fremont. If not sold out, day of tour tickets for sale at 11 a.m. at the foot of E. Hamlin at Fairview Avenue E. Admission includes electric boat and bus shuttle transportation between the north and south ends of the tour. Comfortable slip-on shoes strongly recommended. No backpacks or strollers will be allowed in the homes. Call 206-388-8101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Seattle Floating Homes website at www.seattlefloatinghomes.org.
All about hydrangeas: Garden designer Nita-Jo Rountree, a member of the Northwest Horticultural Society and Northwest Flower and Garden Show designer, will speak about growing and designing with hydrangea at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Snohomish Garden Club meeting at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish. This meeting is free and open to the public. For more information about the Snohomish Garden Club, please go to www.snohomishgardenclub.com.
Beekeeping classes: The Northwest District Beekeeping Association offers a class with instructors Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen at 21 Acres, 13701 NE 171st St., Woodinville; 425-481-1500. 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 visit 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.
Sept. 15: "Fall and Winter Containers" with arboretum volunteer Dee Drake.
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: 11 a.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.
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.
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 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. 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.
Everett Farmers Market: Everett waterfront near Marina Village; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30.
Monroe Evergreen State Fair: Fairgrounds, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 3.
Snohomish Farmers Market: First and Union streets, Snohomish; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 30.
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