Arboretum party: The Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a free garden party from 5 to 7 p.m. June 21. Radio gardening expert Scott Connor will be there to answer questions and the Everett Chorale will perform. Guides will offer tours of the arboretum. Tickets for the Gardens of Merit tour on June 22 will be available. The arboretum is at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. See www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597.
The dirt on dirt: Get the scoop on garden soil to boost your garden's output at a free seminar by master gardener Sandy DeLisle from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 22 at the Everett Public Library. Door prize: the demonstration worm bin. The library is at 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. Call 425-257-8000 for more information.
Tour and tea: The Oak Harbor Garden Club's self-guided tour of six gardens is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29. Admission is a $15 donation to benefit garden club projects and the community and includes tea and treats. Advance tickets are for sale from garden club members, the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Chambers of Commerce, Purple Bench, Hummingbird Farm, Mailliard's Landing Nursery, Wind & Tide Bookstore, Greenhouse Nursery and Bayleaf stores. Call Tina Byrner, 360-720-2562 with questions.
Mukilteo Garden & Quilt Tour: The biennial tour, sponsored by Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters and the Mukilteo Way Garden Club, is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and and noon to 4 p.m. July 22. This is self-guided tour by car to seven locations featuring more than 100 handmade quilts. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the days of the tour at Rosehill Community Center, Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Website sales: www.mukilteogardenandquilttour.org. Also onsale now in Mukilteo at Ace Hardware, Barbara's Floral, Mukilteo Art and Frame, and Papa Murphy's, and at Aunt Mary's Quilt shop (Smokey Point), My Garden Nursery (Mill Creek), Pacific Stone and the Needle and I (Everett), Sunnyside Nursery (Marysville), Sky Nursery (Shoreline), and Pacific Fabric outlets.
Edmonds in Bloom: The 18th annual garden tour on July 21 features six gardens including a Zen garden and a garden of rare species. Tickets are $15 available at Sky Nursery, Swansons Nursery, Wight's, Plant Shack, Bountiful Home, Frances Anderson Center and Garden Gear. Tickets are also available online at www.edmondsinbloom.com. Call 206-913-3927 for more information.
Snohomish Garden Tour: The Snohomish Garden Club self-guided tour is from noon to 5 p.m. July 28, featuring eight urban and suburban gardens. Tickets are $12 and will be available in early July at Annie's on First, Curly Willow, Joyworks, Kusler's, McAuliffe's Valley Nursery, Machias Nursery, McDaniel's Do It Center, Molbacks, My Garden Nursery and Sunnyside Nursery. Day of tour tickets will be available at the above outlets as well as the Snohomish Library after 10:30 a.m. See www.snohomishgardenclub.com/ for more information.
Arboretum tours: Reservations are now being taken for 2013 custom group tours of the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens. The group tours are available all year by calling 425-257-8597. There is no charge, but donations to the Evergreen Arboretum Foundation are welcome. The arboretum is at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens 2013 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 to register. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to learn more.
n July 20: Summer care of Japanese maples with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery
n Aug. 17: Native plants with Andy Sudkamp, a horticulturist and biology teacher. Meet at the arboretum entrance for a tour.
n Sept. 21: Fall/winter containers with Dee Drake, arboretum volunteer. Registration necessary. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
n Oct. 19: Putting your Garden to Bed with Wink Cushman, master gardener. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
n Nov. 16: Holiday natural centerpieces with Marylou Hart, arboretum board member and master gardener. Registration necessary.
n 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. Go to www.distinctiveinteriordesigns.net or call 425-238-3678, or go to www.EfficientOrganizationNW.com or call 425-220-8905 to learn more.
Get Psyched about Color: Free brown-bag lunch session June 26 at Chapell Hill Fire Station 1825 S. Lake Stevens Road, Lake Stevens.
Evergreen Arboretum: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 22 at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, roses and herbs. Sale benefits arboretum projects. See www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597 for more information.
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
Falling Water Gardens: Free classes in creating and caring for a pond, 17516 Highway 203, Monroe; 360-863-1400, www.fallingwatergardens.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; www.pinecreeknursery.com
Plant Shack: 2829 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 206-390-1422; www.plantshacknursery.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
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