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Jan. 14-20

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

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


Indoor Plants

TODAY General care tips and re-blooming of indoor plants, 11 a.m. today, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; free (206-546-4851 or

Botanical Illustrations

TODAY Illustrator and designer Maggie Brunger offers a class, 1-4 p.m. today, Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $20 (preregister with instructor, 206-784-7222 and

Landscape Design 101

TODAY Landscape designer and instructor Don Marshall explores planning basics for spring projects and renovations, 10 a.m. today, Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or


TODAY Tips for selection and care, 1 p.m. today, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or


SUN Perennial expert Karen Chapman shares tips on planting, selection and soil preparation, 1 p.m. Sunday, 3625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville; free (425-483-5000 or

Flowers in a Vase

THU How to harvest, purchase and arrange flowers, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Seattle; $40 (preregister: 206-749-9464 or


Washington Park Arboretum

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



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


Kruckeberg Botanic Garden Foundation

THU Garden author Arthur Lee Jacobson (“Trees of Seattle”) and landscape architect and Clovos Creek Nursery owner Mike Lee discuss how to create “A Northwest Garden,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Richmond Beach Congregational Church-United Church of Christ, 1512 N.W. 195th St., Shoreline; free (206-542-4777 or

Phinney Neighborhood Association Garden Club

THU Master Gardener Larry Davis discusses peas and beans, 7 p.m. Thursday, Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-783-2244


Campus Garden

MON-FRI Organic garden features medicinal and culinary herbs, guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; free (425-602-3370).

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

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

Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection

SAT-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

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

FRI-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

Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden

DAILY Three-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

South Seattle Community College Arboretum

DAILY Six-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

Bellevue Botanical Garden

DAILY 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

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, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle; free (206-684-4743).

Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens

DAILY Ten-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

Kubota Garden

DAILY Open daylight hours, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle; free (206-725-5060 and

Tacoma Nature Center

DAILY Nature-education programs, hands-on exhibits, native-plant nursery and interpretive center, 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

Leschi Natural Area

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

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 (Lea Mester: 888-858-4106).

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

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

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