Master Gardener Tours: The annual Snohomish County Master Gardeners 2012 tours are set for eight Saturdays, June 23 through July 14. Tickets are $25 for all eight tours. Tour gardens are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and tickets are available Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McCollum Park Extension Office, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. You can also send a check and three postage stamps for each book/ticket to: SCMGF 2012 Tours, 21506 12th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036. For information call 425-338-2400.
Meerkerk Gardens: Two upcoming events are scheduled for the gardens at 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, on Whidbey Island.
June 30: Bring a blanket or chairs and a lunch, even the dog (on a leash) to hear the Whidbey Island Orchestra play from noon to 3 p.m. Admission is $10. Children 15 years and younger (and dogs) are admitted free,
July 7: Children can make their own fairy houses with natural materials from the surrounding gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring along a base to transport the creation if you want to take it home. Otherwise the houses will be placed in the woods and gardens to attract woodland critters. Admission for this event is $5. Children 12 and under admitted free.
Summer Garden Tour &Tea: The Oak Harbor Garden Club tour visits seven gardens on north Whidbey Island from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at Bayleaf in Oak Harbor and Coupeville, and Skagit Farmers Supply, Greenhouse Florist, Hummingbird Farm Nursery &Gardens, Maillard’s Landing Nursery and the Chamber of Commerce all in Oak Harbor. Email email@example.com or call 360-720-2562 for more information.
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.
June 23: “Summer Pruning of Japanese Maples” with Charlie Morgan, owner of Amazing Maples of Mukilteo.
July 21: “Garden Photography” with John Lindstrom, retired Everett Community College photography instructor.
Aug. 18: “Yoga for Gardeners” with Beverly Anderson, Everett Community College yoga instructor. Bring your own mat, rug or blanket.
Sept. 15: “Fall and Winter Containers” with arboretum volunteer Dee Drake.
Oct. 20: “Putting Your Garden to Bed” with master gardener Frankie Dennison.
Nov. 10: “Holiday Centerpieces from Your Backyard” with Bob Adrian, owner of Flowers by Adrian of Everett.
Dec. 8: “Winter Blooming Plants” with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.
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? Consult a local master gardener at a public plant clinic. If you have a plant with a problem or disease, bring in a fresh plant sample that, if possible, includes the diseased area, a transition area and a healthy area. Photos are also helpful. You can also call the master gardener hotline from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through September, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March at 425-357-6010 or go to the Home &Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
Alderwood Fred Meyer: 2902 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through July 14.
Arlington Hardware: 215 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 16, July 7 and 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.
Edmonds Farmer’s Market: 100 block of Fifth Ave. N. in front of Log Cabin; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 30 through Oct. 6, except Aug. 11.
Everett Farmer’s Market: Everett Waterfront near Marina Village; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30.
Everett Lowe’s: 2505 Pacific Ave., Everett; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 21.
Lynnwood Lowe’s: 3100 196th SW, Lynnwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 30.
Marysville Jenning Park Demonstration Garden: 6915 Armar Road, Marysville; 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 25.
Marysville Smokey Point Plant Farm: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, through June 30.
Marysville Smokey Point Navy Exchange: 13910 45th Ave. NE, Marysville; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. July 6.
Mill Creek Lowe’s: 2002 132nd St., Everett; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 24.
Mill Creek My Garden Nursery: 17414 Bothell Everett Hwy., Mill Creek; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 21.
Monroe Lowe’s: 19393 Tjerne Place SE, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 and 30.
Monroe Evergreen State Fair: Fairgrounds, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 23 to Sept. 3.
Mukilteo Farmers Market: Mukilteo Lighthouse; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 29.
Snohomish Farmers Market: First and Union streets, Snohomish; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 21 and 28; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 5 through Aug. 30.
Stanwood Haggen: 26603 72nd Ave. NW., Stanwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 and 30.
Stanwood-Camano Island Fair: Fairgrounds, Stanwood; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 and 4; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 5.
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