Miniature gardening: Meet author Janit Calvo as she signs her book, “Gardening in Miniature,” and demonstrates her art from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at J. Matheson Gifts, Kitchen and Gourmet, 2615 Colby Ave., Everett, 425-258-2287. The book lists at $19.95 but will be discounted 20 percent at the signing. See Calvo's website, twogreenthumbs.com for more about the author.
Mother's Day at Falling Water Gardens: The nursery plans two days of special events, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10 and 11, with free flowers for mothers, free pond building classes, local artists and plant experts. Falling Water Gardens is at 17516 Highway 203 Monroe. Call 360-863-1400 or see www.fallingwatergardens.com for more information.
Mother's Day planting for kids: Children can create pots for their moms from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10 at the Garden Market on Fifth and Bell streets, Edmonds. Sponsored by Edmonds in Bloom.
Garden competition: Edmonds gardeners can submit entry forms for the competition through July 3. Entry forms are available at Garden Gear, Edmonds Library, Frances Anderson Center, Bountiful Home and the Log Cabin. Mail or bring them to the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. or submit online at www.edmondsinbloom.com.
Music & Rhodies: Mother's Day celebration from noon to 4 p.m. May 11 at Meerkerk Gardens. Folk harp music by Harper Tasche. Picnic on the grounds. $10 for adults. Children 16 and younger admitted free. Dogs on leashes allowed. Meerkerk Gardens is at 3531 Meerkerk Lane, off Resort Road in Greenbank on Whidbey Island.
Summer orcharding: Professional orchardists workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 at Skagit Valley Gardens, 18923 Johnson Road, Mount Vernon. Classes include pest control, integrated pest management, propagation, weed control, summer pruning and training. Fee of $95 includes class materials, beverages and lunch. See www.agbizcenter.org.
Drip irrigation: Master gardener Jeff Thompson will explain drip irrigation systems in a hands-on workshop sponsored by WSU-Snohomish County Extension from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 20 or June 18 at the Extension Education Center at McCollum Park, 600 128th St., SE, Everett. Fee is $20, or $30 for couple. To register call 425-357-6039 or go to tinyurl.com/mup5le7.
Sorticulture: Everett's Garden Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Garden art, nurseries, gardening experts, food, music and a wine garden. Admission is free. See www.everettwa.org.
Arboretum tours: Reservations for custom group tours of the Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens 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 email@example.com.
Snohomish High School Plant Biology and FFA: 2:30 to 5 p.m. May 8 and 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 20, Snohomish High School greenhouse, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish. Call 360-563-4182 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lake Stevens High School FFA: 7:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through May 17, at the school greenhouse, 2908 113th Ave. NE.
Lakewood High School Greenhouse: May 8, 9 and 10; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 17023 172nd St. NE, North Lakewood.
Monroe High School FFA: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10, 17 and 31, at the school, 17001 Tester Road. Call Vince Caruso at 360-804-4686 at Monroe High School.
Arlington High School FFA: 3 to 6 p.m. May 8 and 9; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10, school greenhouse, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd., Arlington. Call 360-618-6300 or email email@example.com.
Arlington Garden Club: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10, 238 Olympic Ave., Arlington. See www.arlingtongardenclub.org.
Camano Animal Shelter Association: Plant and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 E. Camano Drive, Camano Island. Call Jean Petroskie, 360-387-9311 or go to www.camanoanimalshelter.org.
Everett Garden Club: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, parking lot at 52nd Street and Evergreen Way, Everett. Call Dorothy Nopson at 425-252-9856.
Monroe Garden Club: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. East County Senior Center will hold a bake sale. Plant donations accepted from noon to 5 p.m. May 9 at the senior center. Call Renné Duke at 360-794-5398.
Island County Master Gardener Foundation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, Whidbey Island. Call 206-321-1168 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon. Building F. Use South gate at Taylor Street. See www.skagit.wsu.edu.
Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 9, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and noon to 2 p.m. May 11, 14724 First Ave. NE, Shoreline. Call 206-363-7994 .
Pilchuck Fuchsia Society: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17, 2513 Cleveland Ave., Everett. Fuchsia baskets, large and small fuchsias, geraniums, tomatoes, hostas, grasses, lilies and other outdoor plants. Call Diane Woodard 425-252-6215 or email email@example.com.
Mt. View Presbyterian Church: 10 a?.m. to 2 p.m.? May 31, 5115 100th St. NE, Marysville. Perennials, red twig dogwood, raspberry plants. Funds youth mission trip to build a house in Mazatlan, Mexico. Call 360-659-7777.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 21, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, grasses, roses, vines, herbs and raffle. Free parking. Sales benefit the arboretum. Call 425-257-8597 or go to www.evergreenarboretum.com.
Arlington Recreation Garden Group: Monthly workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays with question-and-answer sessions with master gardener Bea Randall. Cost for the first session is $4 and there will be a $1 per meeting charge after that. Registration not required. Call 360-403-3448 for more information.
May 24: Composting, cool bugs, and surface water management, Community Room adjacent to the Arlington Boys and Girls' Club at 18513 59th Ave. NE, Arlington.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens 2014 lectures: Saturdays at the arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. All the classes are free. Seating is limited and require registration. Call 425-257-8597 to register. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to learn more. Register by mail at P.O. Box 13014, Everett, WA 98206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 17: Great Plant Picks with Dode Carlson, Florence Stiles, Jean Savory and Ann Neupert, master gardeners.
June 21: Pruning Rhododendrons and Azaleas with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery.
July 19: Shade Gardening with Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens.
July 26: Family Fun in the arboretum , 1 to 3 p.m. Family activities, music, games, art activities and food.
Aug. 16: Designing for Late Summer Color with Marty Civarra, landscape designer and owner of Leaf Lessons.
Sept. 20: Rain Gardens with Zsofia Pasztor, owner of Innovative Landscape Technologies.
Oct. 18: Putting your Garden to Bed with John Marsh, master gardener.
Nov. 15: Backyard Holiday Centerpieces with Bob Adrian of Flowers by Adrian.
Dec. 6: Holiday Workshop for Kids with Hap Wertheimer, past arboretum president and art teacher. For ages 6 to 12. Parents are welcome to participate.
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.
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. Classes are free.
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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