Christmas bird count: Volunteers are needed for the Everett-Marysville Christmas Bird Count on Dec. 30. Join a team of 10 counters in the field or sit in the warmth of your home and count birds at feeders. The North County circle is 15 miles in diameter and includes all of Marysville, the Tulalip Reservation, Everett north of 32nd Street, Smokey Point, Hat Island, the southern tip of Camano Island, and parts of Arlington and Lake Stevens. Email area leader Scott Atkinson at email@example.com to find out if your address is in the circle, or if you want to join others in the field. No birding experience necessary.
Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 23rd annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Admission is $5, free for ages 10 and younger.
Winter speakers: Tickets are on sale now for the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series with eight celebrity gardeners, authors and experts sharing their knowledge on a variety of gardening subjects. Lectures are generally held every two weeks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays from January through early April. Jan. 5: Sunnyside Nursery general manager Trevor Cameron, “Go Bold With Bulbs.” Jan. 19: Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden head gardener Holly Zipp, “Indispensable Groundcovers for Northwest Gardens.” The new location this year is Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. Cost for all eight lectures is $85. A single session is $20 at the door. Register online at www.gardenlectures.com.
Become a master: Master gardener training classes start in January. Research, educate, mentor and answer horticulture questions for gardeners in a collaborative environment. All training is open book and no memorization is expected. Training involves about 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week on Thursdays, Jan. 11 through March 29. Tuition is $275, plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $775. More at 425-338-2400 or tinyurl.com/y8srkp2y.
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Snohomish Conservation District: The district’s 33rd annual Native Plant Sale is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Ground covers, evergreen trees and shrubs, deciduous trees and shrubs, rain barrel kits and more. Volunteers are needed to help bundle, sort and pot plants before and after the sale. Plants are sold online in advance so people can guarantee that the plants they want to buy are reserved for them. Plants are not delivered and must be picked up in Monroe on the day of the sale. If that is not possible, they need to call for other arrangements for pickup. Deadline for online orders is 5 p.m. Jan. 29. Call 425-335-5634, ext. 4 or visit www.theplantsale.org.
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival: Feb. 7-11, Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St., Seattle. More than 300 exhibitors, 20 show gardens and dozens of seminars. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $24; early bird tickets (by Feb. 6) are $19. Two-day pass, $34; five-day pass, $75. Children 12 and younger are free. More at www.gardenshow.com.
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