Become a master beekeeper: The next session begins Feb. 25. WSU Snohomish County Extension and Beez Neez Apiary Supply sponsor the introduction to beekeeping as well as a comprehensive refresher course for experienced apiculturists. The Monday classes, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the extension auditorium at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett., is $75. Register online at www.brownpapertickets.com/. You can also download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/ and mail with a check. For registration information, contact Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or e-mail email@example.com.
Snohomish Conservation District plant sale: Annual sale of evergreen and deciduous trees and shrubs, plants and ground covers is March 2 at 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.
Growing Groceries training: The WSU Extension classes teach mentors how to grow productive food gardens in an an environmentally friendly way. The trained volunteers then share their knowledge. The application deadline is Jan. 18. Classes start Feb. 9 and continue for four Saturdays at the Snohomish County Extension building at 600 128th St., McCollum Park, Everett. Tuition is $135 for those who volunteer 35 hours as mentors after certification, or $185 for nonvolunteers. Contact: Karie Christensen, 425-357-6039, or Christensen4@wsu.edu for more information.
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). Group rates and multiple-day passes available . The theme is “The Silver Screen Takes Root … Gardens Go Hollywood.” tickets. Visit 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.
Jan. 19: Rose pruning with Sandy Schumacher, board member and master gardener. Registration necessary.
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.
Jan. 18: Eric Studebaker, Growing and Loving Japanese Maple Trees.
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.
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.
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.
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