Free Fall Orchid Festival: Northwest Orchid Society is holding its annual festival Nov. 8 to 10 at Swanson's Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle. The event features a large display of fall-blooming orchids, orchid specialty vendors, and talks on Saturday and Sunday. There's also a free orchid repotting service. Orchid hobbyists will be on hand to answer questions. Hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 9, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 10. Check the society's website:,www.nwos.org/, for more information.
"The Legacy of Linnaeus: The Oak Harbor Garden Club's horticulture specialist Carol Goldberg will give a presentation at the club's meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12. goldberg is a master gardener and her home garden is NationalWildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. The club meets at Oak Harbor United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland, Oak Harbor.
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.
Everett Parks and Recreation: Design and organization classes with Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs, Monika Kristofferson of Efficient Organization and Gary Hartz of Kitchens for Cooks. Register online at signmeup.everettwa.gov; by phone at 425-257-8300, ext. 2; or at the Recreation Office at Forest Park.
•Nov. 7: Decluttering, downsizing for seniors, 3:30 to 5 p.m., Everett Senior Center, $25.
•Nov. 14: Plan a kitchen remodel, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Forest Park Spruce Hall, free.
•Nov. 14: Psyched about color, 6 to 7:30 p.m, Van Valey House, $25.
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.
•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.
Master gardener program: The Snohomish County Master Gardeners are accepting applications for training to be a WSU Master Gardener Community Educator. Training focuses on familiarization and learning to use resources to research, educate and answer horticulture questions. Training involves approximately 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction once a week on Thursdays from January to April. Tuition is $245 plus a volunteer commitment of 50 hours a year for two years. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $745. For information and an application, visit snohomish.wsu.edu, call 425-357-6010, or e-mail email@example.com. Deadline is Nov. 15.
Master gardener speaker series: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation winter classes take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 3 at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. A pass for the complete series is $85; single sessions are $20 at the door. See www.gardenlectures.com to register. Call 425-357-6010 or mail checks to: SCMGF, 8825 34th Ave. NE, Suite L, PMB No. 243, Marysville, WA 98271.
•Jan. 3: Great Plant Picks: What is New and How It Is Picked with Richie Steffen, curator of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden.
•Jan. 17: Hosting Wildlife in a (Mostly) Native Landscape with Monica Van der Vieren, county native plant steward.
•Jan. 31: Year-Round Benefits of Indoor plants with naturopath and botanical expert Jenn Dazey.
•Feb. 24: Tasty Heirlooms with Lisa Taylor, author of "Your Farm in the City."
•Feb. 28: Clematis Made Easy with expert Laura Watson.
•March 14: Bugs: Eek, Squish, Splat with Ciscoe Morris.
•March 28: Designing an Edible Garden Lifestyle with garden designer Sue Goetz.
•April 11: Three Easy Steps to Fabulous Gardens and Containers with plant specialist Karen Chapman.
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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