A weekly listing of garden events, classes and sales.
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FRI-SUN Nearly 500 exhibits displaying everything for the home and garden, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Qwest Field Event Center, 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $3-$9 (425-467-0960 or www.seattlehomeshow.com).
SAT Learn what trees and shrubs will work best for specific fencing situations and the conditions to meet optimum performance, 11 a.m., Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com).
Master Gardener talk: alliums
SAT King County Master Gardener Foundation Talk series welcomes Dave Kingery, discussing alliums, 10:30 a.m., Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15500 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (206-205-3122).
Bulbs: choosing color for spring
SAT Exploration of the historical and popular use of flowering bulbs in landscape design, 11 a.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Bats and other gothic delights
SAT Bat specialist Barb Ogaard teaches the benefits of integrating bats into your garden and the thrill of gothic gardening, 1 p.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Conifers for winter color
SAT-SUN Explore the world of conifers, 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).
Large-scale floral design
SAT-MON Three-day class on mechanics employed by event designers to create party glamour and drama, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle; $750 (register: 206-749-9464 or www.floraldesigninstitute.com).
Forcing bulbs for the holidays and beyond
SUN Learn how to create flowering bulb displays to give as gifts and to brighten your home for the holidays, 11 a.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).
Goodbye lawn, hello garden
SUN Ciscoe Morris teaches the dos and don’ts of how to take out a lawn and transform it into a garden, 1 p.m., Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543, ext. 238, or www.swansonsnursery.com).
SUN Learn what trees and shrubs will benefit from fall training and trimming to keep your garden in bounds and to enhance bloom and beauty, 1 p.m., Emery’s Garden, 2829 164th St. S.W., Lynnwood; free (425-743-4555 or www.emerysgarden.com).
Native seed, bulb and plants
SAT Annual fall sale hosted by Washington Native Plant Society, offering rare native seeds and bulbs, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-527-3210 or www.wnps.com).
ONGOING Guided walks of the Washington Park 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 presentation, discussion of gardens in Chinese culture, arboretum and Song Mei Pavilion tours, 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).
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. Saturdays through October, address provided with tour reservation, Seattle; $7-$10 (206-362-0933 or www.dunngardens.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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is three weeks before publication.