Spring Kickoff plant sale: The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden offers the first of the season’s plant sales at MsK Nursery 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 to 16. There will be seminars, tours, family activities and a collection of spring flowering plants for sale. The garden is at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline. Go to www.kruckeberg.org for more information.
Want chickens? Edmonds Floretum Garden Club is hosting a workshop from 10 a.m. to noon March 15 at the meeting room of Coldwell, Banker, Bain at 108 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. Master gardener Bea Randall, president of the Evergreen District of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs, is presenting “So, You are Thinking of Having Chickens in Your Garden?” The public is welcome and donations will be accepted. For information email Janice Noe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-774-4991.
Planting dahlias: Meerkerk Gardens is holding a class on planting dahlias with growers John Willson and Larry Childs at 10:30 a.m. March 15 at the gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, off Resort Road. Class fee is $10. Register by calling 360-678-1912 or 360-222-0121 or email email@example.com.
Native plants: Brenda Cunningham, manager of the Salal Chapter Washington Native Plant Society display garden, will present ideas for using native plants in your yard at 7 p.m. March 19 at the Camano Multipurpose Center (blue building), 141 NE Camano Drive. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get organized: Deniece Schofield, author of books on home management and organization will speak from 10 a.m. to noon and 7 to 9 p.m. March 20 at the Holiday Inn Express, 131 128th St. SW, Everett. The cost, including handouts, is $25 at the door. For more information call 800-835-8463 or see www.denieceschofield.com.
Growing tomatoes: The WSU presents two classes with master gardener Jeff Thompson on growing tomatoes in the cool Northwest climate. The two-hour class takes place at 6 p.m. March 21 at the WSU Extension Education Center in at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE., Everett. Cost is $20 per person To register call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or download the registration form at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/documents/GTPNW_hort_2014.03.pdf.
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.
*March 22: Sustainable garden design.
*April 26: Natural lawn care.
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 email@example.com.
*April 19: Rock Gardens with Ted Milam of Kayak Greens
*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
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.
*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.mygardennursery.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.
The Plant Farm at Smokey Point: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351; www.theplantfarm.com.
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