Happy garden: Doug Kirk, owner of Kirk’s Nursery in Clinton. will give a presentation on A Happy Garden = A Happier You at 10 a.m. March 7 at the Greenbank Garden Club meeting at the Greenbank Progressive Club at Bakken and Firehouse Roads. Call Reece Rose at 360-579-5880 for more information.

Fruit tree pruning: South Whidbey Tilth offers a workshop at 10 a.m. March 9 with Gary Ingram at his farm, 440 Peters Road, Greenbank. Work beside Gary as he prunes his apple, pear, peach, cherry, plum and fig trees. Dress warmly and bring tools. The cost is $10 for tilth members and $15 for nonmembers. Contact Gary at 360-331-0373 or email

Tomato success: Master gardener Jeff Thompson will speak at the Snohomish Garden Club meeting at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Call Crystal Meadows, 206-910-4499, for more information, or email her at

Floral design: Frank Arcuri, a floral designer with Stadium Flowers, will speak at 11 a.m. March 12 at the Oak Harbor Garden Club meeting. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to noon at First United Methodist Church, 1050 Ireland St., Oak Harbo Contact person: Call Helene Valdez, 360-675-0392 for more information.


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 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.

Interior design classes: Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Krisofferson of Efficient Oranization NW offer the following classes. Check, 425-238-3678, or, 425-220-8905.

Ask a Designer: Free color consults March 9, 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 consusltation.

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, 6 to 7:30pm $25.

-March 12: Purge Paper, Conquer Piles, Create Files.

-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.

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,

-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,

-April 18: Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space to Love Your Patio.

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, or call 360-544-2278.

-March 7: Garden sites, rotations, soil preparation and planting strategies with Anza Muenchow and Marc Wilson, co-owners of Maha Farm.

-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 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.

Nursery classes

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;

McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery: 11910 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-862-1323;

Molbak’s Garden &Home: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000;

My Garden: 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-402-1842;

Pine Creek Nursery: 23225 Sofie Road, Monroe; 360-863-8866;

Sky Nursery: 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; 206-546-4851;

Sunnyside Nursery: 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; 425-334-2002;

The Plant Farm at Smokey Point: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351;

Wight’s Home &Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-3636;

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

Email items for the Home &Garden calendar

More in Life

Secret garden: Privacy trees that won’t outgrow a small space

These plants offer some height to block out unwanted sights without taking over your yard.

‘Young Sheldon’ was born out of ‘The Big Bang Theory’

The hit TV show about Sheldon Cooper now has a spinoff series about him when he was a kid genius.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Seattle Home Show 2: The fall version of the oldest and largest… Continue reading

Reminder: Historic Everett’s self-guided home tour is today

The featured home depicted in the tour poster painting by Everett artist Elizabeth Person.

Great Plant Pick: Panicum virgatum ‘Rotstrahlbusch’

This red-foliaged switch grass makes a good specimen but also creates a bold statement in a drift.

Plant these late bloomers to brighten up your shade garden

In this follow-up to a column on sunny borders, Steve Smith lists flowers to liven up a dark yard.

Do you know the joke about a set of special-order dishes?

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A black-and-white design for colorful plates was sent to China…

Megyn Kelly hopes for a Trump-free zone with new daily show

She says her morning talk show, which debuts Monday on NBC, will not focus on politics.

Beer of the Week: 5 Rights Brewing’s Fresh hop imperial IPA

The Marysville brewery named its beer Wobbly the Laborer after the Industrial Workers of the World.

Most Read