Edmonds Floretum Garden Club: 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1, Coldwell Banker Bain Community Room, 108 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; $2 suggested donation. Zsofia Pasztor, founder and owner of Innovative, Landscape Technologies, will talk about up and coming environmentally friendly, w
aterwise gardening techniques, including Compost Soxx to make steep slopes easier to garden, urban vegetable gardening, backyard chickens and lawn replacement ideas. See www.edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org or call 425-774-4991 for more details.
Beekeeping apprentice level
courses: 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday nights, Nov. 7 to Dec. 5 or Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 or Feb. 27 to March 26; $70, WSU Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. To register with a credit card, go to www.brownpapertickets.com and search for master beekeeper. To download a registration form and mail it in with a check, go to snohomish.wsu.edu/calendar.htm. Call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039 or e-mail email@example.com with registration questions.
TOURS & events
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.
Seattle Home Show 2: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 7 and 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10, Columbus Day at Century- Link Field Event Center, formerly Qwest Field & Events Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle. Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 60 and older, $3 for ages 7 to 15. See www.SeattleHomeShow.com or 425-467-0960 for more details.
Fall mushroom show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9, Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett; free. The Snohomish County Mycological Society and Everett Parks & Recreation put on this annual event, which includes lectures, vendors, demonstrations and numerous specimens of fall mushrooms. Attendees are welcome to bring their own fungi samples for possible identification by an expert. Call 425-257-8300 or see www.scmsfungi.org.
Monte Cristo awards: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13, Everett Performing Arts Center, 2710 Wetmore Ave. Free. Everett citizens who have made extensive efforts to make their homes or businesses attractive and keep them well maintained will be honored at the city’s 17th annual awards reception and ceremony. Call 425-257-8717 for more information.
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.
• 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.
• Pine Creek Nursery: 23225 Sofie Road, Monroe; 360-863-8866; pinecreeknursery.com.
• 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.
WSU Snohomish County Extension: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays April through September, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October through March (closed the two weeks of Christmas and New Years), 600 128th St. SE, Everett.
To submit an item for the Home & Garden calendar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to H&G Calendar, The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.