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Ultimate holiday arrangements


SAT Designers Ed Keller and Marcy Plattner create holiday arrangements in a friendly competition, and the audience judges the final products, 9 a.m. Saturday, Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama St., Bellingham, free. 360-676-5480 or www.garden-spot.com


Festival of Poinsettias


ENDS DEC. 24 Molbak’s annual festival, with more than 46 varieties of poinsettias on display and for sale; refreshments and live music, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville. 425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com


Ikebana display


ENDS DEC. 29 Sogetsu School of Ikebana, Mercer Island branch, presents a display of collage, relief and mobile art works, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, Overlake Hospital Mercer Island Senior Center, 7707 S.E. 27th St., Mercer Island, free. 425-558-0889.


Garden d’Lights


ENDS JAN. 1 Bellevue Botanical Garden annual light festival with flower, shrub, vine and animal designs on display in different color combinations, 5-9:30 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, free. 425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org


Wreath making


DAILY Bring your own greenery or purchase items from store, assistance on machines available upon request, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays,9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 23, Magnolia Garden Center, 3213 W. Smith St., Seattle; free use of machines. 206-284-1161.

DAILY Machines available for individual use, bring pruners and greens from home or purchase from store, assistance available, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, Christianson’s Nursery & Greenhouse, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free use of machines, wreath forms start at $5. Preregister: 360-466-3821.

DAILY Machine assistance available, bring pruners and greens or purchase from store, daily wreath-making demonstrations through Dec. 23, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Bainbridge Gardens, 9415 Miller Road N.E., Bainbridge Island; free use of machines, wreath forms start at $4. Preregister: 206-842-5888 or www.bainbridgegardens.com

DAILY Use seasonal greens and a wreath-making table, assistance available upon request, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Fremont Gardens, 4001 Leary Way N.W., Seattle. Preregister: 206-781-8283 or www.fremontgardens.com


Classes



Basketful of Christmas


TODAY Create a fresh floral arrangement for the holidays, 1 and 6:30 p.m. today, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $45, includes all materials. Preregister: 206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.com


Christmas candlelight centerpiece


THU Design a holiday candle arrangement filled with cedar, fir, fresh flowers, ribbons and pine cones, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $45, includes all materials. Preregister: 206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.com


Holiday centerpieces


SAT Ideas for making your own centerpiece for the Christmas table, 10 a.m. Saturday, Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood, free. 425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com


Hardy bonsai


SUN Simple guidelines for styling your own bonsai, noon Sunday, Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood, free. 425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com.


Sales



Ballard farmers market


SUN European-style street market with produce and crafts, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 5330 Ballard Ave., Seattle, 206-781-6776 or www.ballardsundaymarket.com

Capitol Hill farmers market


TUE Organic vegetables, artisan breads and cheese, meat and fish, 5-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 1620 Broadway, Seattle. 206-781-6776 or www.capitolhillfarmersmarket.org

Washington Park Arboretum


TUE 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle, 206-543-8800 and www.arboretumfoundation.org


Plan ahead



Sogetsu School of Ikebana


JAN. 14 Six-week Japanese flower arrangement class series, 10 a.m. Fridays, Jan. 14-Feb. 18, Boys and Girls Club, 2825 W. Mercer Way, Mercer Island, $48.50. Preregister: 206-236-3545.


Ongoing


Bellevue Botanical Garden — Diverse perennial borders, Japanese, alpine, water-wise and ground-cover gardens, with trails through woodlands and wetlands grounds open dawn-dusk daily, visitors center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 12001 Main St., Bellevue, free. Private group tours available: 425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens — Ten-acre garden and a 43-acre woodland preserve with trails; schedule guided tours in advance. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3531 S. Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island, $5. 360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org

Arboretum walks — Guided tour, 1 p.m. first and third Sundays. Meet at Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free. Ground/trails including J.A. Witt Winter Garden, Azalea Way, Foster Island and Pinetum. For small fee, family/group guided hikes by appointment. 206-543-8800 or www.wparboretum.org

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection — Guided tours, noon Sundays, other days by appointment, self-guided tours during regular hours, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays-Wednesdays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way, free. 253-924-3153 or www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden — Guided tours available for groups of 15 or more with advance registration. The 22-acre woodland garden features more than 10,000 rhododendrons, perennials, flowering trees, shrubs and ponds, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, closed Thursdays and Fridays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way, $2.50-$3.50. 253-661-9377.

Kubota Garden — Open daylight hours, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle, free. Kubota Garden Foundation, 206-725-5060 and www.kubota.org

Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library — 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, tours available 7 p.m. first Mondays, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle, free. 206-543-0415 or www.millerlibrary.org

Tacoma Nature Center — Nature education programs, hands-on exhibits, native plant nursery and interpretive center, preserve open dawn-dusk daily, visitor center open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, free. 253-591-6439.

Bloedel Reserve — 150-acre estate includes 84 acres of forest, Japanese garden, waterfall, azaleas and a visitor center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday with admission by reservation only. 7571 N.E. Dolphin Drive, Bainbridge Island, $6-$10. 206-842-7631 or www.bloedelreserve.org

Parsons Garden — Seattle park, formerly a family garden, dawn to dusk daily, Seventh Avenue West and West Highland Drive, Seattle, free. 206-684-4075.

Carl S. English Jr. Garden — Ornamental garden featuring a collection of exotic trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, free. 206-783-7001.

Campus Garden — Organic garden features medicinal and culinary herbs; guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, free. 425-602-3370.


Work parties/volunteers


Center for Urban Horticulture — Volunteers interact with visitors, answer phones and do light office work, several weekly shifts available, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle. 206-616-9113.

Volunteer Chore Services — Help low-income elderly throughout King County with gardening or yard work, choose day/time/location. 425-284-2240.

Lakewold Gardens Estate — Flexible work schedule, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood. Lea Mester: 888-858-4106.

Chase Garden — Volunteers help in work parties or as garden tour hosts, Saturdays or Wednesdays, 16025 264th St. E., Orting. 206-242-4040 or www.chasegarden.org

Dunn Gardens — Opportunity to become a docent and lead garden tours, includes training, classes and garden visits, times/dates vary, garden located in Broadview. 206-362-0933 or www.dunngardens.org

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden — Flexible work schedule, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way. 253-838-4646 or www.rhodygarden.org

Leschi Natural Area — 9 a.m.-3 p.m. first Saturdays, East Terrace Street at 36th Avenue, Seattle. 206-322-7648.

Garden-calendar items can be faxed, 206-464-2239; mailed to Rebecca Taylor, Garden Calendar, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111; or e-mailed to gardencalendar@seattletimes.com. The deadline is two weeks prior to publication date.