Port Susan Home &Garden Show: The first Port Susan Home &Garden Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 at the Camano Center, 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island. The show features speakers local land use, energy audits, and architecture and landscape design; demonstrations; vendors; and a talk at 2 p.m. by Ciscoe Morris on spicing up your garden this spring. The show is free and there will be free refreshments. Go to www.PortSusanHomeandGarden.com for more information, or call 360-629-7136.
First Garden: Get started on it March 8 with help from Longtime Whidbey gardener Michael Seraphinoff at the Tilth Sustainability Campus, 2812 Thompson Road, Greenbank. Seraphinoff will talk about factors to consider when starting a garden on the Island, such as soil, climate, environment and pests. Class fee is by donation or join as a South Whidbey Tilth member: $25 for one and $35 for two sharing a household. Register with Bliss Knorpp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-320-7208.
Spring Kickoff plant sale: The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden offers the first of the season’s plant sales at MsK Nursery 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 14 to 16. There will be seminars, tours, family activities and a collection of spring flowering plants for sale. The garden is at 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline. Go to www.kruckeberg.org for information.
Planting dahlias: Meerkerk Gardens is holding a class on planting dahlias with growers John Willson and Larry Childs at 10:30 a.m. March 15 at the gardens, 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, off Resort Road. Class fee is $10. Register by calling 360-678-1912 or 360-222-0121 or email email@example.com.
Arboretum tours: Reservations for custom group tours of the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens are available all year by calling 425-257-8597. There is no charge, but donations to the Evergreen Arboretum Foundation are welcome. The arboretum is at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing tomatoes: The WSU presents two classes with master gardener Jeff Thompson on growing tomatoes in the cool Northwest climate. The two-hour classes take place at 1 p.m. March 11 and 6 p.m. March 21 at the WSU Extension Education Center in at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE., Everett. Cost is $20 per person To register call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or download the registration form at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/documents/GTPNW_hort_2014.03.pdf.
Arlington Recreation Garden Group: Monthly workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays with question-and-answer sessions with master gardener Bea Randall at the Stillaguamish Conference Room, at the Arlington Utility Office, 154 W. Cox Ave., Arlington. Cost for the first session is $4 and there will be a $1 per meeting charge after that. Registration not required. Call 360-403-3448 for more information.
March 22: Sustainable garden design.
April 26: Natural lawn care.
May 24: Composting, cool bugs, and surface water management.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens 2014 lectures: Saturdays at the arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. All the classes are free. Seating is limited; registration required. Call 425-257-8597 to register. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to learn more. Register by mail at P.O. Box 13014, Everett, WA 98206 or email email@example.com.
March 15: New Plant Introductions for 2014 with Steve Smith, owner of Sunnyside Nursery.
April 19: Rock Gardens with Ted Milam of Kayak Greens
May 17: Great Plant Picks with Dode Carlson, Florence Stiles, Jean Savory and Ann Neupert, master gardeners.
June 21: Pruning Rhododendrons &Azaleas with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery.
July 19: Shade Gardening with Susie Egan, owner of Cottage Lake Gardens.
Master gardener speaker series: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation winter classes take place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays at Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. A pass for the complete series is $85; single sessions are $20 at the door. See www.gardenlectures.com to register. Call 425-357-6010 or mail checks to: SCMGF, 8825 34th Ave. NE, Suite L, PMB No. 243, Marysville, WA 98271.
March 14: Bugs: Eek, Squish, Splat with Ciscoe Morris.
March 28: Designing an Edible Garden Lifestyle with garden designer Sue Goetz.
April 11: Three Easy Steps to Fabulous Gardens and Containers with Karen Chapman.
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.
Falling Water Gardens: Free classes in creating and caring for a pond, 17516 Highway 203, Monroe; 360-863-1400, www.fallingwatergardens.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; www.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. Classes are free.
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.
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