TOURS & events
Seattle Dahlia Society 54th annual show: Noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 3 and 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 4, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. NE, Seattle; free. See hundreds of dahlia blooms on display. Members will be there to answer your growing questions. Blooms will be available for purchase. See www.seattledahliasociety.org or call 206-954-3336 for more information.
Historic Everett’s 2011 Home Tour & Restoration Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10. Tour eight homes on this annual self-guided tour and visit a vendor fair with two dozen exhibitors and regional restoration experts at Trinity Lutheran College, 2802 Wetmore Ave., Everett. Admission is $20 or $15 for Historic Everett members. Tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at the Van Valey House, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett. See www.historiceverett.org or call 425-530-2722.
Snohomish Historical Society 40th annual fall home tour: Noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. See Queen Anne, craftsman, bungalow and other styles of homes on this self-guided tour in Snohomish. Tickets are $15 or $12 for society members and are available in advance at local businesses. Buy tickets on the day of the tour at the Blackman House Museum, 118 Avenue B, Snohomish. See snohomishhistoricalsociety.org or call 360-568-5235 for more information.
Rain garden installation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24, Lombard Avenue and 14th Street, Everett. Volunteer to help build seven rain gardens in one neighborhood. RSVP to Stacey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-292-9875.
Everett Fall Home & Gift Show: Noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2, Comcast Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett; $7 or $6.50 for ages 58 and older, free for ages 16 and younger; www.westlakepromo.com.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens: Legion Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; 425-257-8597. See www.evergreenarboretum.com for the 2011 class series list. Classes are held at the arboretum from noon to 1 p.m. on select Saturdays. Classes are free.
• Sept. 17, fall and winter containers with Dee Drake.
• Oct. 15, putting your garden to bed with master gardener Wink Cushman.
• Nov. 12, holiday centerpieces from your backyard with Bob Adrian, owner of Flowers by Adrian. Class is limited to 20 people. Call 425-257-8597 to reserve a seat in the indoor classroom.
• Dec. 3, backyard beekeeping with master gardener Paul Bryant. Class is limited to 20 people. Call 425-257-8597 to reserve a seat in the indoor classroom.
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.
Emery’s Garden: 2829 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-743-4555; www.emerysgarden.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.
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.
Home decorating and organizing: Kelly DuByne, owner of Distinctive Interior Designs (425-238-3678), and Monika Kristofferson, owner of Efficient Organization (425-220-8905), offer a variety of home decorating and organizing classes at discounted rates through the Lake Stevens school district and the Marysville, Everett and Mill Creek parks and recreation departments. Check your local recreation guide this fall or see www.distinctiveinteriordesigns.net and www.efficientorganizationnw.com for detailed class schedules and pricing.
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 hot line from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April through September, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October through March at 425-357-6010 or visit the Home & Garden section at snohomish.wsu.edu.
Arlington Hardware: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 3, 215 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington.
Edmonds Farmers Market: 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 24, on Fifth Avenue in front of the log cabin.
Everett Farmers Market: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sept. 25, 1600 W. Marine View Drive, Everett.
Monroe Evergreen State Fair: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 5, closing at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5.
WSU Snohomish County Extension: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays April through September, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. October through March, 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
To submit an item for the Home & Garden calendar, e-mail email@example.com or send it to H&G Calendar, The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.