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Jan. 7-13

Puyallup Home Show

TODAY-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

From China to India

WED Northwest Horticultural Society presents Rhododendron Botanical Garden curator discussing “From China to India: A Year in the Life of a Plant Hunter,” 6:45 p.m. reception, 7:15 p.m. lecture Wednesday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; $5/NHS members-$10 (206-527-1794).

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


Effortless Houseplants

TODAY Experts help select a houseplant for your individual needs and offer basics of care and culture, 1 p.m. today, Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; free (206-782-2543


TODAY-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

Ikebana classes

BEGINS TUE-JAN 20 Register for classes in Tukwila and Mercer Island, Tuesday-Feb. 14, Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila; $8/class (preregister: 206-768-2822 or; also 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

Basic floral design

THU “Basics of American Floral Design,” 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Floral Design Institute, 911 Western Ave., Seattle; $35 (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


Lake Forest Park Garden Club

TUE Diana Reick, Collector’s Nursery, discusses “Finding New Plants Near and Far,” 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lake Forest Park

Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-362-5475).

Rock Garden Society

THU Steve Hootman, Rhododendron Species Foundation, discusses rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and similar shrubs, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free (425-391-5335).


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).

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

TODAY 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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weeks before publication. E-mail, fax 206-464-2239, or mail to:

Garden Calendar, Seattle Times,

P.O. Box 70, Seattle, WA. 98111.