Holiday workshops: Bring your holiday spirit and creativity to this two-hour workshop from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 8, and go home with several gifts for the holidays. Projects are appropriate for children ages 6-10. This is a parent/child workshop that parents attend with their child. Meet in Legion Hall in Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Each session is limited to 15 kids and parents. Free to Everett Arboretum & Gardens members, $10 for non-members. Join online or the day of class. RSVP required.
Seed growers of Whidbey: Washington State University researchers will speak about black leg and black rot — two economically significant seedborne diseases that can affect Brassica vegetables — as well as related cover crops and weeds. “Seed Growers, Brassica Diseases and the Quarantine Area on Whidbey Island” is 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10 at the WSU Island County Extension office, at 406 N. Main St., Coupeville. Call 360-639-6059 or go to www.extension.wsu.edu/island for more information.
Grow Your Farm: Grow Your Farm! Workshops are sponsored by WSU Snohomish County Extension and the Snohomish Conservation District. They are: Dec. 12: “The Joy of Farming with Spreadsheets.” Dec. 19: “Lease Literacy for Farmers & Landowners.” Workshops are held at the WSU Snohomish County Extension office at McCullom Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $15 each. Call 425-357-6024. More at www.extension.wsu.edu/snohomish.
Sustainable gardening series: The Master Gardener Foundation’s 16th annual sustainable gardening speaker series runs January through April. It kicks off on Jan. 4 with Carey Thornton’s “The Secrets of Veggie/Herb Companion Planting.” Next up:Tony Fajarillo’s “Mindful Gardening Through Bonsai” on Jan. 18. All presentations are on Friday’s from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The charge is $20 for a single session or $85 for the series. All proceeds go to the Master Gardener Foundation of Snohomish County. Go to www.gardenlectures.com or call the Snohomish County WSU Extension Office at 425-357-6010.
Become a master: Master gardener training classes start in January. Research, educate, mentor and answer horticulture questions for the public 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 from Jan. 10 through March 28. 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 tinyurl.com/y8srkp2y or 425-338-2400.
Waking up your garden: It’s not too early to be thinking about your garden. Learn about fertilizing, pruning, weeding and other maintenance concerns at a class from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Everett Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. The class will give you a jump on preparing your yard and beds for the coming growing season. Meet in horticultural classroom 105. Be prepared for a short walk in the arboretum at the end of class. Free to members; $10 for non-members. Join online or day of class. Admission is $25 each or $40 per family. Membership includes free classes all year. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com/classes.asp.
Pre-order plants: Pre-orders are now open for the Snohomish Conservation District’s annual plant sale. Pre-orders close on Jan. 27. Plants must be picked up on Feb. 9 at the plant sale at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Orders may be placed at www.theplantsale.org or by phone at 425-335-5634 ext. 4.
Winter pruning workshop: Learn proper winter-pruning techniques during this hands-on workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Everett Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. The focus is on deciduous plants, including Japanese maples. Bring pruners and questions. Join for the whole session or stop in for part of it. Meet at the arboretum entrance. Free to members; $10 for non-members. Join online or day of class. Admission is $25 each or $40 per family. Membership includes free classes all year. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com/classes.asp.
Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call 425-357-6010 to talk to a master gardener or visit Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, October through March. More at extension. wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.