Meerkerk Rhododendron Nursery: Purple Passion sale, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9 and 10 3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank. Purple blooming rhododendrons, species and hybridized rhodies and companion plants. Plants from 1 gallon to 6 feet tall available. For more information, go to www.meerkerkgardens.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-678-1912.
The Snohomish County Fruit Society: Cindy Krepky of Dog Mountain Farm in Carnation will speak about sustainable orchard practices at 7 p.m. June 14 at the society’s meeting at Snohomish Library, 311 Maple Ave. Snohomish. Krepky will discuss disease and pest control, pollination and the best varieties of fruit for this area. The meeting is free and open to the public. Call 425-398-5544 or go to snohomishcfs.wordpress.com for information about the Snohomish County Fruit Society.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23 at the arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Shrubs, perennials, trees, grasses, ground covers and herbs. Proceeds benefit arboretum projects. Plenty of free parking. Cash or check. For more information, go to www.evergreenarboretum.com or call 425-257-8597.
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.
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.
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 call the master gardener hot line at 425-357-6010 or visit the WSU Snohomish County Extension offices at 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
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