Seattle Orchid Society show and sale: Noon to 4 p.m. April 6 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7 at Sky Nursery. View the prize-winning orchids, ask the experts your questions and shop for rare orchid varieties. Sky Nursery is at 18528 Aurora Ave. N. Shoreline; 206-546-4851, www.skynursery.com.
Spring Fecal Fest: Woodland Park Zoo is offering its Zoo Doo compost and Bedspread mulch. Because its in such high demand you have submit a request by postcard or online www.zoo.org/fecalfest by March 31 to be entered into a drawing. Send a standard postcard marked Zoo Doo or BS (Bedspread) to: Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103, including your name, phone numbers, and how much you would like to purchase from a garbage-bag full to a pickup load. Online forms and prices and instructions for pick up may be found at www.zoo.org/fecalfest or call 206-625-7007 (POOP).
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 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 consultation.
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 to 7:30pm $25.
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.
South Whidbey Tilth: A series about growing fresh food from 6 to 7:45 p.m. every Thursday in March in the Calyx Classroom at the Tilth market, 2812 Thompson Road, Langley. The full course costs $35 for South Whidbey Tilth members and $55 for nonmembers. Single classes are $10 and $15. Register by emailing email@example.com. [URL]www.southwhidbeytilth.org;http://www.southwhidbeytilth.org[URL], or call 360-544-2278.
March 14: All about seeds and propagation with Anza Muenchow.
March 21: Know which cool season vegetables to grow and when to plant them with Eric Conn of Full Cycle Farm.
March 28: Planning your warm season crops with Anza Muenchow. Learn about extending the growing season and maximizing harvests. season crops.
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 [/URL]www.snomgf.org/;http://www.snomgf.org/ or call 425-357-6010.
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; 360-466-3821www.christiansonsnursery.com;http://www.christiansonsnursery.com.
McAuliffe's Valley Nursery: 11910 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-862-1323www.mcauliffesvalleynursery.com;http://www.mcauliffesvalleynursery.com.
Molbak's Garden & Home: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000www.molbaks.com;http://www.molbaks.com.
My Garden: 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-402-1842www.mygardennursery.com;http://www.mygardennursery.com.
Pine Creek Nursery: 23225 Sofie Road, Monroe; 360-863-8866; pinecreeknursery.com.
Sky Nursery: 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; 206-546-4851www.skynursery.com;http://www.skynursery.com.
Sunnyside Nursery: 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; 425-334-2002www.sunnysidenursery.net;http://www.sunnysidenursery.net.
The Plant Farm at Smokey Point: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351www.theplantfarm.com;http://www.theplantfarm.com.
Wight's Home & Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-3636www.wights.com;http://www.wights.com[URL].
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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