“Cooking Close to the Earth”: Mark Laska, owner of Ciao restaurant in Coupeville, will speak at the Greenbank Garden Club meeting at 10 a.m. Feb. 7 at the Greenbank Progressive Club, Bakken and Firehouse Roads. For more information call Reece Rose at 360-579-5880.
Growing Groceries mentor training: The WSU Snohomish County Extension classes begin Feb. 9. Deadline for sign-up is Feb. 1. Tuition is $135 for those who volunteer at least 35 hours over the next year and $185 for others. The four classes are held on Saturdays, Feb. 9 and 23 and March 9 and 23 at Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. There will also be four hands-on garden sessions beginning in April. See http://growinggroceries.wsu.edu/. For more information about the program, contact Sharon Collman, 425-357-6025 or email@example.com. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rain garden training: Two-day workshop for landscape designers, installers and maintenance technicians 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 5 at Snohomish WSU Extension, Cougar Auditorium 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The class will cover site selection, soils, local regulations, designs, plant selection and more. Cost is $100 and includes lunch and refreshments, a handbook and information on local regulations. To register, sign up online at snorain.eventbrite.com. For more information, call Philomena Kedziorski at 425-357-6037.
Dahlia growing: Ken Greenway of Accent Dahlias will talk about growing, propagation and hybridizing at the Snohomish Garden Club meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 11. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish. The meeting is free and open to all. Call Crystal Meadows, 206-910-4499 or email email@example.com for more information. Go to www.snohomishgardenclub.com for more about the club.
Snohomish Conservation District plant sale: Annual sale of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, plants and ground covers is March 2 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Order your plants by Feb. 18 and pick them up on March 2. To order: www.snohomishcd.org/plant-sale or call 425-335-5634, ext. 102. $25 minimum.
Northwest Flower &Garden Show: Online tickets for the Feb. 20 to 24 show at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle are for sale at www.gardenshow.com. Prices are $16 for adults (regularly $20 the week of the show or at the door). Go to www.gardenshow.com for a complete listing of nurseries selling advance tickets.
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 www.evergreenarboretum.com for more about the arboretum.
Feb. 16: Tool sharpening with Roy Harding and Paul Baumgarten, experienced caretakers of tools.
March 16: Hardy fuchsias with Frankie Dennison, master gardener.
Interior design classes: Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Krisofferson of Efficient Oranization NW offer the following classes. Check www.distinctiveinteriordesigns.net, 425-238-3678, or www.EfficientOrganizationNW.com, 425-220-8905.
First Saturday of each month: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask a Designer color consultations at Lynnwood Miller Paint, 18021 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Ste 103. Register at 425 248-4950.
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. A subscription to the entire series is $85. Single lecture tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. See www.snomgf.org/ or call 425-357-6010.
Feb. 1: Ciscoe Morris, Transform Your Garden into a Bird and Butterfly Haven.
Feb. 15: Meghan Fuller, Plant Marriages That Don’t End in Divorce; Design Tips for Successful Plant Combinations.
March 1: Cass Turnbull, How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden.
March 15: Polly Hankin, Extend Your Living Space beyond the Backdoor; Comfortable and Functional Outdoor Rooms.
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.
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; 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.
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 visit the Home &Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.