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Tours and events

Nature Conservancy walking tours: Port Susan Bay Preserve, near Stanwood; choose from 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. sessions, third Saturdays, by appointment; now through Sept. 20; free; details at 206-343-4345, ext. 345, or e-mail with the subject [“]Port Susan Bay tours.”

Seattle Aquarium conservation lecture series: 7 p.m. first Tuesdays, through June, at the aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Seattle; $20 individual talks, $75 for series; 206-386-4300, www. Speakers: May 6, Julia Parrish.


Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse: 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; 360-466-3821,

Hanging baskets for sun or shade, 6:30 p.m. May 2, soil and fertilizer provided, but fees vary for the plants and containers; reservations required.

Fuchsias revisited with Kevin Jones, 9 a.m. May 3, $5, reservations required.

McDaniel’s Do It Center: 510 Second St., Snohomish; 360-568-1544.

McDaniel’s Do It Center offers free classes in decorative wall finish techniques at 10 a.m. every Saturday. May classes feature painted paper technique.

Molbak’s: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000, Classes are free unless otherwise noted.

May Day lei-making workshop, 1 to 3 p.m. May 1, $18, registration required at 425-398-5151.

Natural lawn care for healthy pets, family and the environment, 11 a.m. to noon May 3.

Creating a hanging basket, 1 to 2 p.m. May 4.

The Salvage Studio: Classes start at 10 a.m. Saturdays. Registration with payment is required. 650 Edmonds Way, Edmonds; 425-330-5425, e-mail,

Found-object bracelets, May 3, $32.

Artist trading card swap, 3 p.m. May 3, free.

Swansons Nursery: Seminars and classes offered. Registration suggested. 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle; 206-782-2543, ext. 235,

Ikebana with Megumi Schacher, 9:15 a.m. Fridays, ongoing, registration required before first class, 425-744-9751; $25 per session.

University Book Store: 990 102nd Ave. NE, Bellevue; 206-634-3400.

Garden author Linda Chalker-Scott on “The Informed Gardener,” 7 p.m. May 6, free.

Wight’s Home &Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-3636. All classes are free.

Planters with Punch demonstrations, noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays through May.

Plant sales

Floretum Garden Club: 9 a.m. to noon May 3, Frontier Bank parking lot, 123 Third Ave. S., Edmonds; shrubs, perennials, small trees and more; 425-697-3552.

Greenwood Garden Club: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 3, Warm Beach Community Park, 19016 94th Drive NW, Stanwood; perennials, dahlias, sedums, grasses and more; 360-652-2569.

King County Master Gardener Foundation: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle; free shuttle service provided; 206-543-8616. Pre-sale event, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 2, wine, music, appetizers, herb appetizer contest for guests to judge, Ciscoe Morris appearance and more; $35, tickets required from 800-838-3006,

Lake Stevens High School: 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through May 17, Lake Stevens High School greenhouses, 2908 113th Ave. NE, Lake Stevens.

Planter’s Day sale: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 2 and 3, Swede Hill Farm Greenhouse, 3116 Swede Hill Road, Clinton; proceeds to be used for a refugee program; 360-579-2590.

Seattle Tilth edible plant sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 and 4, Meridian Park, behind Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle;

Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett; will include a gardening clinic to answer visitors’ questions; sale features perennials, trees, shrubs, native plants, fuchsias and more; 425-357-6010,

Snohomish County Dahlia Society: Tuber sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 and 4, Stocker Farms, 10622 Airport Way, Snohomish;; Jerry Morris, 425-334-1927.

Snohomish High School: 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, through June 1, Snohomish High School greenhouse, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish; closed May 14-17; sale features annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, vegetable starts and more; 360-563-4195.

Sultan Garden Club: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 and 4, Stockings Nursery, 2990 Fern Bluff Road, Sultan; flowering plants, vegetable starts and more; 360-799-1686.

Coming up

Tours and events

Buds &Blooms: Most events 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and 11, venues are Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, Powells Wood Garden, West Hylebos Wetlands, Federal Way Farmers Market, all in Federal Way; garden showcases, workshops, gardening guest speakers, children’s activities and more; $3 to $5 admission, free shuttle between venues; 253-835-6868,

Camano Island Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 9-11, features 65 artists’ work in 32 galleries throughout Camano Island and Stanwood. Free, self-guided tour; brochures available at 425-231-7236; more information is at

Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse: 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; 360-466-3821,

Mother’s Day pot painting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 9, $5, reservations required.

Historic Seattle: 1117 Minor Ave., Seattle; 206-622-6952,

Donovan Rypkema on “Green Buildings in the United States,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 8, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $15 Historic Seattle members, $20, $10 students; 206-622-6952,

Northwest Horticultural Society: Receptions are at 6:45 p.m., lectures at 7:15 p.m., $10, $5 members. Classes at NHS Hall, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle; 206-527-1794, May 14, garden and landscape photographer Andrea Jones discusses the pictures from her travels.

Washington Native Plant Society, Whatcom County/Koma Kulshan chapter: Fairhaven Park, 107 Chuckanut Drive, Bellingham; 360-319-6988,

Free, introductory plant walks: 1 to 3 p.m. May 10, walk along the Backyard Habitat and Padden Creek; free. 1 to 3 p.m. May 18, Lake Padden trails. 6 p.m. to dusk May 28, Whatcom Falls trails.

Backyard Habitat and native flora fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10, Fairhaven Village Green, corner of Harris and 10th streets, Bellingham; native plant sale of shrubs and herbaceous species; guided walk, tours, information booths and more; free to attend; 360-778-7100, 360-714-0781.

Washington Park Arboretum: 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; 206-325-4510,

Mother’s Day event, 1 to 4 p.m. May 11, plant activities for kids, gifts for moms, free photos, various flowers to view; free; 206-325-4510.

Plant sales

American Rhododendron Society plant sale and truss display: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10, Northwesetern Washington Research and Extension Center, 16650 Highway 536, Mount Vernon; 360-659-9218.

Call for plants: The Monroe Garden Club seeks donations of healthy perennial plants for its May 10 sale; labeled plant donations are welcome at the Monroe post office, 122 N. Blakely St.; 360-794-5851.

Camano Island Yacht Club luncheon and plant sale: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 and 10, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11; Mother’s Day brunch, $8, $5 for ages 9 and younger; Camano Island Yacht Club, 129 N. Sunset Drive, Camano Island; 360-387-3086.

Edmonds Community College: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 9, EdCC greenhouse, 20000 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood; vegetable starts, groundcovers, perennials; 425-640-1739,

Everett Garden Club: 9 a.m. until 1 or 2 p.m. May 10, corner of Evergreen Way and 52nd Street; 425-252-6575.

Friends of the Conservatory plant sale: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10, Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; 206-322-4112,

Monroe Garden Club: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; perennials, annuals, shrubs and more; 360-793-1829.

Mother’s Day flower and garden sale: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 and 11, Country Village, 23718 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; features cut flowers, garden art and more; 425-483-2250,

Mountlake Terrace Garden Club hanging basket sale: 5 to 8 p.m. May 9, 4209 226th Place, Mountlake Terrace, a home residence; and from 9 to 11 a.m. May 10 in the parking lot of Sorelli Pizza, 22404 44th Ave. W., Mountlake Terrace; 425-776-9147.

St. Hilda-St. Patrick

Episcopal Church: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 10, 15224 52nd Ave. W., Edmonds; cut flowers, plants, garden art; 425-743-4655.


Northwest Perennial Alliance: Bellevue Botanical Garden visitors center, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; 425-647-6004,

Fall perennial care, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. first Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, ongoing, all experience levels welcome; free.

Sunnyside Nursery: Free classes offered. Reservations required; 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; 425-334-2002.

“Remember Me” container gardening for Memorial Day with Bev Anderson, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 24; $15 includes all supplies.

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