Beekeeping classes: The Northwest District Beekeeping Association offers a class with instructors Gary Gibbons and Clare MacQueen at 21 Acres, 13701 NE 171st St., Woodinville; 425-481-1500. Preparing the hive for winter, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 15; $25. For more information or to register and pay online go to 21acres.org. Register early as class size is limited.
Purrfect Pals Autumn Plant Sale: 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Sept. 21, 22 and 23, and Sept. 28, 29 and 30 at Purrfect Pals Cat Shelter, 230 McRae Road NE, Arlington. Landscape-size shrubs for hedges and autumn flowers including evergreen honeysuckle shrubs, blue Arctic willow, blue nikko hydrangea and dahlias in bud, plus succulent kalanchoe in bud and a variety of sedum. Proceeds go to support homeless cats and kittens. Call Kathy at 306-618-0417 or email 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. Go to www.evergreen arboretum.com to learn more about the arboretum.
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.
Interior design classes: Kelly DuByne of Distinctive Interior Designs and Monika Krisofferson of Efficient Oranization NW offer the following classes. Check www.distinctiveinteriordesigns.net, 425-238-3678, or www.EfficientOrganizationNW.com, 425-220-8905.
Free community events:
Sept 15: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Declutter and Decorate, Live in Your Home, Love Your Home at Budget Blinds, 9915 Seventh Ave. SE, Everett.
First Saturday of each month: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ask a Designer color consultations at Lynnwood Miller Paint, 18021 Alderwood Mall Pkwy., Ste 103. Register at 425-248-4950.
Everett Parks &Recreation: Register at 425-257-8300, ext. 2, or www.everettwa.org. Classes taught at VanValey house, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett; 6 to 7:30 p.m., $25 (unless otherwise noted):
Oct. 25: The Art of Hanging Art.
Nov. 13: Loving Your Small Home.
Oct. 2: Declutter, Organize and Park in Your Garage Before Winter.
Dec. 13: Furniture University: Quality, Placement and Styles to Make Your Home Wow.
Marysville Parks &Recreation: Register by calling 360-363-8400 or going to www.marysvillewa.gov. Classes are taught at the Marysville Library, 6120 Grove St. Classes from 6 to 7:30pm, $22 (unless otherwise noted):
Sept. 20: Decluttering, Decisions and Downsizing for Seniors.
Sept. 27: Get Psyched About Color: What Colors to Paint Your Rooms and Why.
Oct. 18: Declutter and Decorate, Live in Your Home, Love Your Home! 6 to 8 p.m., $30.
Nov. 8: Organize Your Kitchen for the Holidays.
Nov. 15: Creative Ways to Infuse Color into Your Home.
Dec. 20: The Significance of Color.
Lake Stevens School District: Watch for fall class lineup. Register by calling 425-335-1500 or going to www.lkstevens.wednet.edu. Classes are taught at the Educational Service Center 12309 22nd St. NE, Lake Stevens. 6 to 7:30 p.m., $20 (unless otherwise noted).
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.mcauliffes valleynursery.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.
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.
Everett Farmers Market: Everett waterfront near Marina Village; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 30.
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