Meerkerk Gardens: Children can make their own fairy houses with natural materials from the surrounding gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7 at the Whidbey Island gardens. Bring 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. Meerkerk Gardens are at 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank; 360-678-1912; www.meerkerkgardens.org/.
Snohomish Garden Tour: noon to 5 p.m. July 29. Urban and suburban gardens in and around Snohomish. Tickets are $12 and available in advance or on the day of the tour at Annie’s on First; Curly Willow; Joyworks; Kusler’s Pharmacy; McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery, McDaniel’s Do It Center, Machias Nursery; Molback’s; My Garden Nursery; and Sunnyside Nursery.Tickets also available on the website, www.snohomishgardenclub.com. Tickets may also be purchased on the day of the tour at the Snohomish Library, Fourth Street and Maple, starting at 10:30 a.m. Children under 13 may take the tour free with a wristband obtained at the library. For more information see the Snohomish Garden Club website, www.snohomishgardenclub, or call Fred Rowe at 425-374-8622 or firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 at 425-357-6010 or visit the Home &Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
Alderwood Fred Meyer: 2902 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 14.
Arlington Hardware: 215 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, July 21, Aug. 4 and Sept. 1.
Edmonds Farmers Market: 100 block of Fifth Ave. N. in front of Log Cabin; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 6, except Aug. 11.
Everett Farmers 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.
Marysville Jenning Park Demonstration Garden: 6915 Armar Road, Marysville; 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 25.
Mill Creek My Garden Nursery: 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 21.
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 8 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 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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