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Jan. 6-8

Puyallup Home Show

FRI-SUN Discover a variety of garden and home exhibits. Experts Ed Hume and Ciscoe Morris present garden ideas. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, ShowPlex, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $6 (253-874-8711 or www.thefair.com/events.asp).

Plan Ahead

“Love at First Sight”

FEB. 7 Arboretum Foundation presents the annual Northwest Flower & Garden Show Preview Gala, benefiting the Washington Park Arboretum. Event includes a buffet dinner, silent auction and first viewing of the show’s gardens. 5-9 p.m. Feb. 7, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $100-$500 (tickets: 206-325-4510 or www.arboretumfoundation.org).

Northwest Flower & Garden Show

FEB. 8-12 Annual show is the third largest in North America, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 8-11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 12, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $3-$19 (206-789-5333 or http://gardenshownw.com).

Ikebana classes

BEGINS JAN. 10, 20 Register for classes in Tukwila and Mercer Island, Jan. 10-Feb. 14, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila; $8/class (preregister: 206-768-2822 or www.ci.tukwila.wa.us); Advance and beginning classes, Jan. 20-March 24, Mercer Island Community Center, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; $8/class (preregister: 206-236-3545 or www.miparks.net).

Classes

Effortless houseplants

SAT Experts help you select a houseplant and offer basics of care and culture, 1 p.m. Saturday, Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543 or www.swansonsnursery.com)

Tropics

SAT-SUN Learn how to bring the feel of the tropics into your home with plant choices and care tips, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or www.molbaks.com).

Tours

Arboretum

ONGOING Guided walks of the Washington Park Arboretum led by trained volunteers, 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 Ninety-minute tour includes a slide show and discussion of gardens in Chinese culture, then 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).

Garden calendar items can be faxed, 206-464-2239; mailed to Garden Calendar, Seattle Times, P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA 98111; or e-mailed to gardencalendar@seattletimes.com. Deadline is three weeks before publication.