The Northwest Flower &Garden Show: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 8 to 11 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 12, Washington State Convention &Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, downtown Seattle; $20 at the door. See large display gardens by local designers and landscapers, plus celebrity speakers, educational seminars, floral displays, retail booths and activities for kids. This year’s theme is “A Floral Symphony.” See www.gardenshow.com or call 253-756-2121 or 800-343-6973.
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. Tickets to the full eight-lecture series are $85. If there are any unsold seats, 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.
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.
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. 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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