Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Oct. 7-13 Seattle Home Show 2 THU-OCT. 15 Nearly 500 exhibits displaying everything...

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Oct. 7-13

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THU-OCT.15 Nearly 500 exhibits displaying everything for the home and garden, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Oct. 14 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 15, Qwest Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$9 (425-467-0960 or www.seattlehomeshow.com).

Classes

Follow the fall color

TODAY Wander the nursery grounds with instructors Jason Cornell and Guy Feldman for ideas on fall colors for your garden, 11 a.m., Classic Nursery and Landscaping Co., 12526 Avondale Road N.E., Redmond; free (800-290-1344 or www.classicnursery.com).

The best of fall-color plants

TODAY-SUN Learn about favorite plants for fall colors, 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Wight’s, 5026 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-775-3636 or www.wights.com).

Amazing squashes

TODAY Learn how to plant a pumpkin for a colorful container and add decorative accents to more permanent container plantings, 11 a.m., Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com).

Fall pond installation

TODAY Charlie Shull discusses everything you need to know to install a patio water bowl or a large pond and waterfall, 1 p.m., Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or www.skynursery.com).

Master Gardener Foundation Talk

TODAY King County Master Gardener Foundation Talk series welcomes author Marty Wingate discussing small garden ideas, 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15500 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (206-205-3122).

Spring flowering bulbs

SUN Plan and plant for a colorful and fragrant spring with flowering bulbs, 1 p.m., Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com).

The Joy of Gardening

WED David Tarrant, public-relations and program coordinator of the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden and host of CBC’s “Canadian Gardener,” will discuss what drives us to garden and the different approaches we take, 6:45 p.m., N.H.S. Hall Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $5-$10 (206-543-8616 or www.northwesthort.org).

Fresh autumn ideas for your home

WED Susan Geiser will demonstrate how to create a fall architectural design using branches, berries, leaves and grass, 6:30 p.m., Wight’s, 5026 196th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-775-3636 or www.wights.com).

Hand-tied bouquets

WED-THU Two-day class with a comprehensive review covering the Dutch, German, French and interpretive styles of hand-tie floral design, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $295 (register: 206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.com).

Basics of Asian floral design

THU Artistic elements and principles on floral design and interpretive ikebana design techniques, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $40 (register: 206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.com).

Tours

Good Shepherd Center

TODAY Seattle Tilth sponsors an hour-long tour featuring some 800 species and varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials, 10-11 a.m., Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle; $10 (registration: 206-633-0451 or www.seattletilth.org).

Arboretum

ONGOING Guided walks of the Washington Park Arboretum led by trained volunteers to highlight the plant collections, seasonal beauty and history of the arboretum, 1 p.m. first and third Sundays, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or www.wparboretum.org).

Seattle Chinese Garden

ONGOING 90-minute tour includes a slide show and discussion of gardens in Chinese culture and a tour of the arboretum and Song Mei Pavilion, 10 a.m. second Saturdays, South Seattle Community College Horticulture Building, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-282-8040, Ext. 101 or www.seattle-chinese-garden.org).

Dunn Gardens

THU-SAT Restored 1915 Olmsted Brothers-designed private garden open to the public for guided tours only, 1 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. Saturday through October, address provided with tour reservation, Seattle; $7-$10 (206-362-0933 or www.dunngardens.org).

Ongoing

PowellsWood

TUE-THU A 3-acre private garden open for self-guided tours but call for docent-guided tours, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays,430 S. Dash Point Road, Federal Way; $5 (253-529-1620 or www.powellswood.org).

Washington Park Arboretum

TUE, WED 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays throughout the year, and sale of donated plants, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and second Saturdays through October, areas near the Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle (206-325-4510 and www.arboretumfoundation.org).

Elisabeth C. Miller

Horticultural Library

MON-SAT 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).

Bloedel Reserve

WED-SUN 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).

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

FRI-WED 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

SAT-WED 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. Saturdays-Wednesdays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way; $2.50-$3.50 (253-661-9377 or www.rhodygarden.org).

Seattle Japanese Garden

DAILY 3-½-acre garden designed and constructed in 1960 under the direction of Japanese-garden designer Juki Iida; complimentary tours, 12:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, Washington Park Arboretum, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle; $3-$5 (206-684-4725)

Campus garden

DAILY Medicinal herb garden and reflexology path, open 24/7, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; free (425-602-3370).

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

DAILY 3-acre cottage-style garden featuring perennials, flowering shrubs and trees, with a stream and pond; private guided tours available, open daylight hours daily, North SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Ave. S., SeaTac; free (206-391-4003 or www.highlinegarden.org).

South Seattle Community College Arboretum

DAILY 6-acre garden maintained in part by Landscape Horticulture students, with a rose garden and a collection of rare dwarf conifers, dawn-dusk daily, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (206-764-5396 or dept.seattlecolleges.com/arboretum).

Bellevue Botanical Garden

DAILY Diverse perennial borders, Japanese, alpine, water-wise and ground-cover gardens, with trails through woodlands and wetlands, open dawn-dusk daily, visitors center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, docent-led tours, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through October and by appointment, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free (425-451-3755 or www.bellevuebotanical.org).

Volunteer Park Conservatory

DAILY Rooms are kept between 72 and 80 degrees to suit the exotic bromeliads, palms, ferns and orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, docent-led tours, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesdays Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, call two weeks in advance to schedule, 400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free admission and docent-led tours, $25 per group and free for k-12 student groups (206-684-4743 or www.volunteerparkconservatory.org).

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

DAILY 10-acre garden and a 43-acre woodland preserve with trails; schedule guided tours in advance, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3531 S. Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island; $5 (360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org).

Kubota Garden

DAILY Open daylight hours; docent-led tours, 10 a.m. fourth Saturday, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle; free (206-725-5060 and www.kubota.org).

Tacoma Nature Center

DAILY 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. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma; free (253-591-6439).

Parsons Garden

DAILY 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

DAILY 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).

Work parties/volunteers

Arboretum tour guides

ONGOING Volunteers needed to lead adult and student tours and to provide visitor information. Training provided (information: 206-543-8801).

Seattle Tilth Programs

ONGOING Naturalist training to lead Earth Steward Garden tours of the Children’s Garden, and garden volunteer programs to help plant and maintain seasonal organic gardening displays, ongoing training, Seattle Tilth, Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N., Seattle; free (information: 206-633-0451, ext. 2, or www.seattletilth.org).

Leschi Natural Area

SAT 9 a.m.-3 p.m. first Saturdays, 36th Avenue and East Terrace Street, Seattle (206-322-7648).

Lake Wilderness Arboretum

THU, SAT 40-acre arboretum managed and run by volunteers holds outdoor volunteers days, 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month, Lake Wilderness Arboretum Nursery, 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley (425-413-2572 or www.lakewildernessarboretum.org).

Volunteer Chore Services

DAILY Help low-income elderly or adults with disabilities throughout King County with gardening or yard work, choose day/time/location (888-649-6850).

Lakewold Gardens Estate

DAILY Flexible work schedule, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood, Pierce County (Amanda Bowens: 888-858-4106).

Dunn Gardens

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

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

DAILY Flexible work schedule, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way (253-838-4646 or www.rhodygarden.org).

Submissions to Garden Planner must be received at least three weeks before publication. E-mail gardencalendar@seattletimes.com, fax 206-464-2239, or mail to: Garden Calendar, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA. 98111.