Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm. Oct. 14-20 Seattle Home Show 2 TODAY-SUN Nearly 500 exhibits displaying everything...
Dates and times are subject to change. Call ahead to confirm.
Seattle Home Show 2
TODAY-SUN Nearly 500 exhibits displaying everything for the home and garden, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. today 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).
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Field and Harvest Day
TODAY The Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation’s Fall Field and Harvest Day features “antique apples” and keynote speaker professor David Mabberley speaking on the story of apples, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Best Western CottonTree Inn, 2300 Market St., Mount Vernon; $15-$25 (206-789-1106 or www.wwfrf.org).
TODAY Learn what trees and shrubs will work best for specific fencing situations and the conditions needed 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 Foundation Talk
TODAY 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).
Bulb success: Choosing color for the spring show
TODAY 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
TODAY 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
TODAY-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
TODAY-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).
Tabletop floral design
WED-THU Two-day class on innovative floral designs for the tabletop, 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).
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 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 Ninety-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).
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).
Eastside Fuchsia Society
TUE Meeting for those who love fuchsias and wanting to learn more about their care, 7 p.m., Evergreen Court, 900 124th Ave. N.E., Bellevue (425-746-0885).
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
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).
WED-SUN The 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).
WED-SUN Ten-acre estate offers self-guided walking tour of rose, woodland, rhododendron gardens, waterfall, statuary and architecture by Thomas Church; garden store; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. , 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood; $3-$5 (253-584-4106 or www.lakewold.org).
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 www.weyerhaeuser.com/bonsai).
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 A 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. )
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 The three-acre cottage-style garden features 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 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 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 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 www.meerkerkgardens.org).
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).
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).
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 Forty-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).
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).
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