The Great Backyard Bird Count: Training session is 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 10, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St. Bird count is Feb. 16 through 19. Alan Mearns, NOAA scientist, will do a training session about how to participate and identify the local birds people see in their yards. Bring binoculars. Beginning birders and families are welcome. Also on Feb. 10 is a work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the demo garden. Planting, mulching, weeding, trimming and clean up. Training, supervision, tools, work gloves, water and snacks provided. Work rain or shine, so dress for the weather. Email email@example.com or call 425-771-8165.
“Birds and Their Nests”: The talk by Joe Meche, birder, photographer, carpenter and author of “Beaks and Bills,” is 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. Call 360-387-2236. More at www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
SHOWS AND SALES
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 you can guarantee that the plants you want to buy are reserved for you. Plants are not delivered and must be picked up in Monroe on the day of the sale. If that is not possible, call for other arrangements for pickup. More at www.theplantsale.org.
Northwest Flower & Garden Festival: Through Feb. 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. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $24. Children 12 and younger get in free. More at www.gardenshow.com.
Seattle Home Show: Feb. 17-25, CenturyLink Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S. Color trends, home decor, backyard offices, exercise studios and “she sheds.” Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost is $13 for adults, $9 for seniors, $3 for ages 7-15; children under 7 get in free. Visitors can return a second day for free. More at www.SeattleHomeShow.com.
Everett Home & Garden Show: Seminars, exhibits and more, March 9-11, Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6.50 for seniors. Ages 16 and under get in free. Tickets available at the door. More at www.everetthomegardenshow.com.
March Mania: Northwest Perennial Alliance plant sale, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 10, Aaron Education Center, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. More at www.northwestperennialalliance.org.
Snohomish Garden Club: 7 p.m. Feb. 12, Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. Mark Henry, master gardener, designer and consultant, will speak about and demonstrate container gardening. More at www.snohomishgardenclub.com.
Monroe Garden Club: Hear Mary Ellen Asmundson talk about “Dicentras and Corydalis: The Jewels of the Garden” at noon Feb. 12, Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S. Lewis St. The talk features photographs of plants in the garden and in the wild and covers taxonomy as well as successful cultivation and propagation. Donations for the Sky Valley Food Bank are welcome. Call 425-345-6154 or go to www.monroegardenclub.net.
Mukilteo Way Garden Club: 11 a.m. Feb. 20. Margaret Swegle will talk on “Downton Abbey Revisited.” Non-members invited. The meeting will be held at a member’s home. Call 425-347-3449 or go to www.mwgc.org for more information.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens Series: Trevor Cameron, Sunnyside Nursery manager and arboretum president, will lead a winter pruning workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the arboretum in Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. RSVP required. Free for arboretum members; $10 for non-members. Annual fee to join the arboretum is $20 and get all classes for the year free. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com.
Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s series with 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 through early April. Feb. 16: Washington State University associate professor Linda Chalker-Scott, “Arboriculture Myths: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why.” Talks are at Trinity Lutheran Church, 6215 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. A single session is $20 at the door. Register online at www.gardenlectures.com.
Monroe Garden Club: The club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or college student who is pursuing a career in some aspect of horticulture at an accredited college or trade school. Studies may include forestry, botany, landscaping, floral design, environmental studies, etc. Applicants must reside in or within 20 miles of Monroe. Deadline for application is April 1. For more, call 360-217-8417.
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