Whidbey Gardening workshop: Island County Master Gardeners host their annual workshop from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 10 at Oak Harbor High School, 950 NW Second Ave. Choose from 30 classes, meet gardening vendors and see educational displays. Seattle author and gardener Lorene Forkner is the keynote speaker. The cost is $35. Register online at islandcountymastergardeners.com/wgw_2012 until March 3 or call 360-678-7837.
Rain Gardens: The city of Everett is sponsoring three free workshops all about rain gardens.
• A Rain Garden Design workshop to learn about creating and maintaining one is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Legion Hall in Everett.
• The Gardening With a Purpose workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at Legion Hall offers ideas to beautify your yard and help the environment at the same time.
• Legion Hall, 145 Alverson Blvd. Registration is required by calling the WSU Extension, 425-357-6010, or emailing MG.Help@wsu.edu.
• A rain garden walking tour features seven rain gardens in Everett’s Northwest Neighborhood from 10 to 11:30 a.m. March 10. Meet at Whittier Elementary School Library, 916 Oakes Ave., Everett. For more information or to register call the WSU Extension, 425-357-6010, or email MG.Help@wsu.edu.
Sustainable gardening lecture series: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Friday through April 13, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. A limited number of single-lecture tickets may be available for $20 at the door. See www.gardenlectures.com to buy tickets and see the speaker schedule and biographies. Call 425-357-6010 with questions.
Feb. 17: “Foliage First! A Plant’s Finest Attribute” with Dan Hinkley, plant collector and design expert.
March 2: “Gardens through Geography and Time” with Jane Billinghurst, world-traveling gardener and author.
March 16: “Adding the Spring Layer to Your Garden” with Bob Lilly, a Wells Medina Nursery veteran and co-author of “Perennials: A Gardeners Reference.”
March 30: “Travels of a Young Gardener” with Riz Reyes, Seattle P-I.com blogger and owner of RHR Horticulture and Landwave Gardens.
April 13: “Designing the Landscape with Low Maintenance in Mind” with Polly Hankin, landscape architect.
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 except for the $30 Mother’s Day basket class on May 12. Seating is limited. Call 425-257-8597 for reservations. See www.evergreenarboretum.com. for more about the arboretum.
Feb. 18: “Sustainable Gardening” with master gardener Martha Clatterbaugh.
March 17: “Soil Amendments” with master gardener Mary Machala.
April 21: “Plant Propagation” with master gardener Frankie Dennison.
May 12: “Mother’s Day Baskets” with arboretum volunteer Dee Drake. Cost is $30 per person, cash or check.
May 19: “Gardening Using Native Plants” with master gardener Susan Egan.
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.
Beekeeping courses: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays Feb. 27 to March 26, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th St. SE, Everett; snohomish.wsu.edu; $70. Register with a credit card at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179866 or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/179873. To register by mail, fill out the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/calendar.htm and send with a check, or contact Karie Christensen 425-357-6039 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing Groceries mentor training: The Washington State University Extension is offering training classes beginning March 3 for people to become Growing Groceries volunteer mentors, who then will help others learn to grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The classes will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17 and April 7 at the extension offices at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The training continues with half-day gardening sessions in various locations on April 21, May 19, June 16 and July 21. Tuition for all eight classes is $125 plus 35-hours of volunteer commitment, or $175 without the volunteer work. You must attend all classes to become a Certified Growing Groceries Mentor. The application deadline is Feb. 24. Application forms are available at snohomish.wsu.edu. You can also email Karie Christensen at email@example.com or call her at 425-357-6039.
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.
Snohomish Conservation District plant sale: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 2 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Preorders will be accepted through Feb. 8. Payments are due by Feb. 22. Find order forms, plant guides and a sale brochure at www.snohomishcd.org/plant-sale. Call 425-335-5634, ext. 108 for more information.
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 call the master gardener hot line from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March at 425-357-6010 or visit the WSU Snohomish County Extension offices during the same hours at 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
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