Rain garden design: The WSU Snohomish County Extension is offering two free workshops. Put Your Garden to Bed and Get ready for the Rain is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16, and a rain garden design class is from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 23. Both will be held at Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Register at everetteventbrite.com or call 425-357-6010.
Dividing dahlias: Learn how to do it properly and store tubers for the winter with Kathy Willson of Swede Hill Dahlia Sunflower Farm, 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 at Meerkerk Gardens. Admission is $5. Registration is required by emailing email@example.com or call Meerkerk, 360-678-1912. Meerkerk Gardens is at 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. See www.meerkerkgardens.org.
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. Call 425-257-8597 for reservations. See www.evergreenarboretum.com for more about the arboretum.
•Oct. 20: “Putting Your Garden to Bed” with master gardener Frankie Dennison.
•Nov. 10: “Holiday Centerpieces from Your Backyard” with Sandy Milam.
•Dec. 8: “Winter Blooming Plants” with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.
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.
Free Community Events
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.
Everett Parks &Recreation: Register at 425-257-8300, ext. 2, or www.everettwa.org. Classes taught at VanValey house, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett; 6 to 7:30 p.m., $25 (unless otherwise noted):
•Oct. 25: The Art of Hanging Art.
•Nov. 13: Loving Your Small Home.
•Dec. 13: Furniture University: Quality, Placement and Styles to Make Your Home Wow.
Marysville Parks &Recreation: register 360-363-8400, www.marysvillewa.gov. classes taught at Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Classes from 6 to 7:30pm, $22 (unless otherwise noted):
•Oct. 18: Declutter and Decorate, Live in Your Home, Love Your Home! 6 to 8 p.m., $30.
•Nov. 8: Organize Your Kitchen for the Holidays.
•Nov. 15: Creative Ways to Infuse Color into Your Home.
•Dec. 20: The Significance of Color.
Lake Stevens School District: Register at 425-335-1500 or www.lkstevens.wednet.edu. Classes taught at Educational Service Center 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. 6 to 7:30 p.m., $20.
•Oct. 23: Furniture University
•Nov. 6: Organize Kids from Diapers to Driving.
•Nov. 8: Get Psyched About Color
Master gardener program: The WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener application deadline for the 2013 training class is Nov. 5. Training includes 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction every Thursday from January through March as well as online instruction. Classes are held at the Extension Office at 600 128th St., at McCollum Park, Everett. Tuition is $245 plus a volunteer commitment of 50 hours each year for two years For information and an application, visit snohomish.wsu.edu, call 425-357-6010 or e-mail howard.voland Four classes by WSU Snohomish County Extension and Master Gardeners and the Snohomish County Surface Water Management to learn ways to decrease stormwater and garden pollutants from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16, 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 at WSU Snohomish County Extension Offices, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Cost for all four days is $125. Call 425-338-2400 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.
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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