Bird Count training: Learn how to prepare reports and identify birds with Alan Mearns for the 2014 Great Backyard Bird Count, 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at the Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Willow Creek Hatchery on the NW corner of Edmonds Way and Pine Street. Parking is available on Pine Street. The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb. 14 to 17. The workshop is free, but donations to support the garden are welcome. Registration is not required but space is limited. For more information email Susie Schaefer, Demo Garden Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-771-8165. Go to www.pilchuckaudubon.org for more information.
Plant sale: The Snohomish Conservation District is taking orders for the 2014 Conservation Plant Sale that will take place March 1 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Presale orders are being taken until Feb. 10. Plants include native trees, shrubs and ground covers. To see a copy of the brochure or to order online visit: www.snohomishcd.org/plant-sale or email email@example.com.
Backyard birds: The Oak Harbor Garden Club offers a video presentation, “Birds, Backyard Habitat and Beyond,” with Craig and Joy Johnson at the monthly meeting Feb. 11 at the Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. and the talk starts at 11:15. The Johnsons’ books will be for sale following the meeting, which is open to the public. Call garden club president Joyce Hollywood at 360-678-7056 for more information.
Everett Home &Garden Show: Comcast Everett Events Center show takes place from noon to 7 p.m. March 7, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 8 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9 at the events center at Broadway and Hewitt. More than 200 vendors, demonstrations and seminars. Admission is $6.75 for adults and $6.25 for seniors. Go to www.everetthomegarden show.com for more information and $2 off coupons.
Port Susan Home &Garden Show: The first Port Susan Home &Garden Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 and the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. The show features speakers local land use, energy audits, and architecture and landscape design; demonstrations; vendors; and a talk at 2 p.m. by Ciscoe Morris on spicing up your garden this spring. The show is free and there will be free refreshments. Go to www.PortSusanHomeandGarden.com for more information, or call 360-629-7136.
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 contactus@evergreen arboretum.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 at the Stillaguamish Conference Room, at the Arlington Utility Office, 154 W. Cox Ave., Arlington. 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.
Feb. 22: Landscaping your yard with native plants.
March 22: Sustainable garden design.
April 26: Natural lawn care.
May 24: Composting, cool bugs, and surface water management.
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.
Feb. 15: Attracting Birds with Linda Woolsey, Snohomish County &National Audubon Society.
March 15: New Plant Introductions for 2014 with Steve Smith, owner of Sunnyside Nursery.
April 19: Rock Gardens with Ted Milam of Kayak Greens
May 17: Great Plant Picks with Dode Carlson, Florence Stiles, Jean Savory and Ann Neupert, master gardeners.
June 21: Pruning Rhododendrons &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.
Prune fruit trees: Lecture and hands-on workshop from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 19 with Gary Moulton at the Snohomish County Extension in the Cougar Auditorium at MCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, and continuing Feb. 22 at Ed’s Apples, 13420 339th Ave. SE, Sultan. Lecture only is $35; cost for both days is $60 Enrollment is limited. Registration and prepayment is required to hold a spot. To register online, visit www.BrownPaperTickets.com/event/438394. Or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/documents/Pomology2014.pdf and mail with a check. For more information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or email@example.com.
Master gardener speaker series: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation winter classes take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays 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.
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.mygarden nursery.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.
Feb. 8: Bountiful Berries, 10 to 11 a.m. Learn about soil amendments, pruning and growing berries.
Feb. 22: Dealing with Disease, 10 to 11 a.m. Chemical-free and organic options to prevent disease with Trevor Cameron.
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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