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.
Sorticulture: Everett’s Garden Arts Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 8 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 at Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. The festival includes garden art and nurseries, presentations by gardening experts, display gardens, food, music and a wine garden. Admission is free. See www.everettwa.org for more information.
Gardens of Merit Tour: Visit eight residential gardens on a self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 22 to support the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens. Tickets are $10 and available online www.evergreenarboretum.com, at Sorticulture, at the arboretum on the day of the tour, and after June 1 at Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville; Pacific Stone Co., Everett; J.Matheson, Everett; Lamoureux Real Estate, Everett; Under the Red Umbrella, Everett; My Garden Nursery, Mill Creek. You can also shop the plant sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the upper parking lot of the arboretum at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. call 425-257-8597 or email@example.com for more information.
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.
- May 18: Attracting birds to your back yard 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 Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery
- Aug. 17: Native plants with Andy Sudkamp, a horticulturist and biology teacher. Meet at the arboretum entrance for a tour.
- Sept. 21: Fall/winter containers with Dee Drake, arboretum volunteer. Registration necessary. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
- Oct. 19: Putting your Garden to Bed with Wink Cushman, master gardener. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
- 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.
Ask a Designer: Free color consult May 4 with Kelly DuByne at Ace Hardware, 303 91st Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Call 425-334-7630 to sign up for 20-minute consultation.
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, www.everettwa.org. 6 to 7:30pm $25.
- May 23: Creative Ways to Infuse Color into Your Home
- June 4: Declutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage
- May 21: DeClutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage
- May 23: The Significance of Color
- June 6: Paint Your Home Like a Pro
Lake Stevens FFA: Spring plant sales continue from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through May 18 at the LSHS greenhouse, 2908 113th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens. Hanging baskets, bedding plants, vegetables, and herbs. Baskets will be replanted for $10 including five plant picks and fresh soil. Plants available in 1 gallon pots, 4-inch pots and jumbo six packs. Call 425-335-1528 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Snohomish High School Plant Biology and FFA: 2:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 to 3 p.m. Saturdays through May 25 at Snohomish High School greenhouse, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish. Bring in your pot or basket to be planted. Bring in this notice for a 10 percent discount. Call 360-563-4195 or 360-563-4182, or email email@example.com for more information.
Pilchuck Fuchsia Society: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18, 2513 Cleveland Ave., Everett. Fuchsia baskets, large and small fuchsias, geraniums, tomatoes, hostas, grasses, lilies and other outdoor plants. Call Julie Simmons at 425-760-3061 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Darrington Cascade Senior Center: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 and 8, 1115 Darrington St., Darrington. Vegetable and perennial plants. Call 360-436-0646 or email email@example.com for more information.
Meerkerk Gardens: Purple Passion Sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8 and 9 at Meerkerk Gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. Purple blooming rhododendrons, species and hybrid rhododendrons and companion plants from 1 gallon to 6 feet tall. Entrance to the garden is free on sale days. Call 360-678-1912 or go to www.meerkerkgardens.org for more information.
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
Got a gardening question? You can call the master gardener hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 425-357-6010 or go to the Home &Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
To submit an item for the Home &Garden calendar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.