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 Fridays 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.
Become a habitat steward: Friends of Camano Island Parks’ Camano Wildlife Habitat Project train volunteers to help the community create and preserve wildlife habitat. A habitat steward is someone interested in wildlife, ecology, gardening, and habitat conservation. The trainings will be offered at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15 and June 19. It will include five Saturday field trips from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 23, April 20 and May 18. Call 360-387-2236. Register at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Home wildlife habitat: Attract birds and butterflies to your yard and contribute to science. Learn the basics of attracting beneficial wildlife, like birds and pollinators, at home along with different ways to share your work and observations with the scientific community. The information is valuable to researchers. Presented by Kathryn Wells, habitat steward and outreach specialist for the Snohomish Conservation District. The program, part of the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, is at 7 p.m. Jan. 16, at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 N East Camano Drive. For information, call 360-387-2236, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, or email email@example.com.
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.