Fruit field day: Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation is holding a Winter Field Day and open house March 2 at the Northwest Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. The theme is Local and Organic. Workshops include pruning and grafting. Rootstock and scionwood available for sale to graft your own tree. Entry $15 per person and free for members. Bring your own lunch. For more information see www.nwfruit.org.
Everett Home & Garden Show: March 8, 9 and 10 at Comcast Arena at Everett Events Center, Broadway and Hewitt. Vendors, seminars and speakers include Northwest Hot Springs with local swimmers taking the Michael Phelps swim challenge; and the Snohomish Co. Chapter of the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals' landscape display. Wine tasting 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $6.75 for adults, and $6.25 for seniors. Ages 16 younger are free. Find $2 off coupons and more information at www.everetthomegardenshow.com/. Free Parking in the Snohomish County Garage on Saturday and Sunday.
Happy garden: Doug Kirk, owner of Kirk's Nursery in Clinton. will give a presentation on A Happy Garden = A Happier You at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Greenbank Garden Club meeting at the Greenbank Progressive Club at Bakken and Firehouse Roads. Call Reece Rose at 360-579-5880 for more information.
Tomato success: Master gardener Jeff Thompson will speak at the Snohomish Garden Club meeting at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Call Crystal Meadows, 206-910-4499, for more information, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Floral design: Frank Arcuri, a floral designer with Stadium Flowers, will speak at 11 a.m. March 12 at the Oak Harbor Garden Club meeting. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church, 1050 Ireland St., Oak Harbo Contact person: Call Helene Valdez, 360-675-0392 for more information.
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 and some classes require registration. Call 425-257-8597 for reservations. See www.evergreenarboretum.com for more about the arboretum.
- March 16: Hardy fuchsias with Frankie Dennison, master gardener.
- April 20: Hydrangeas with Wink Cushman, master gardener and past president of the arboretum.
- May 18: Attracting birds to your backyard with Linda Woolsey, member of the local and National Audubon Society.
- June 15: Dahlias with Dick Weakley, master gardener.
- July 20: Summer care of Japanese maples with Trevor Coleman of Sunnyside Nursery.
- Aug. 17: Native plants with Andy Sudkamp,, a horticulturist and biology teacher. Meet at the arboretum entrance for a tour.
- Sept. 21: Fall/winter containers with Dee Drake, arboretum volunteer. Registration necessary. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
- Oct. 19: Putting your Garden to Bed with Wink Cushman. master gardener. Meet at the Arboretum entrance.
- Nov. 16: Holiday natural centerpieces with Marylou Hart, arboretum board member and master gardener. Registration necessary.
- Dec. 7: Arboretum gift making workshop for kids, noon to 2 p.m., with Hap Wertheimer, past arboretum president and art teacher. Registration necessary.
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.
Ask a Designer: Free color consults March 9, April 6, and May 4 with Kelly DuByne at Ace Hardware, 303 91st Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Call 425 334-7630 to sign up for 20-minute consusltation.
Spring Fling: Free presentations, 10 to 11:20 a.m. March 23, Lake Stevens Ace Hardware.
Get Psyched about Color: Free brown-bag lunch session June 26 at Chapell Hill Fire Station 1825 S. Lake Stevens Road, Lake Stevens.
Everett Parks & Recreation: Classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Van Valey House, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett. Register at 425-257-8300, ext. 2, www.everettwa.org. 6-7:30pm $25.
- Feb. 28: Decluttering, Decisions and Downsizing for Seniors, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Everett Senior Center, 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett.
- March 12: Purge Paper, Conquer Piles, Create Files.
- March 19: Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space.
- March 28: If These Walls Could Talk,decor tips for walls and windows.
- April 16: Paper Control for Busy Families.
- April 25: Paint Your Home Interior Like a Pro-Tips and Tricks to Make Your Color Sing.
- May 14: Organize Your Time and Kids to Get Out the Door on Time.
- May 23: Creative Ways to Infuse Color into Your Home.
- June 4: Declutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage.
Lake Stevens School District: Classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Educational Service Center, 12309 22nd St. NE. Lake Stevens. $20. Register at 425-335-1500, www.lkstevens.wednet.edu.
- April 23: DeClutter Your Home and Decrease Your Stress.
- April 25: The Significance of Color.
- May 9: Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space.
- May 21: DeClutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage.
- Marysville Parks & Recreation: Classes 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. $22. Register at 360-363-8400, www.marysvillewa.gov.
- April 18: Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space to Love Your Patio.
- May 23: The Significance of Color.
- June 6: Paint Your Home Like a Pro.
Winter speaker Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation series features eight gardeners, authors and experts now through April. The talks are from 9:30 to11:30 a.m. at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. Single lecture tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. See www.snomgf.org/ or call 425-357-6010.
- March 1: Cass Turnbull, How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden.
- March 15: Polly Hankin, Extend Your Living Space beyond the Backdoor; Comfortable and Functional Outdoor Rooms.
- March 22: Judith Jones, Garden Ferns, Procrastinator's Delight.
- April 5: Dan Hinkley, Trees, Shrubs and Vines for Year Round Interest in a Pacific Northwest Garden.
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? You can call the master gardener hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425-357-6010 or visit the Home & Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
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