Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6. Admission: Free. Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. 253-661-9377 or

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Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 5; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 6. Admission: Free. Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S., Federal Way. 253-661-9377 or

Puget Sound Dahlia Association Dahlia Sale: Sale features more than 15,000 locally-grown tubers. Hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. -4 p.m. Saturdays. April 11-12 at Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 411 156th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 425-836-4487 or

Fuchsia Show and Sale: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 3. Features a selection of plants from the Eastside Fuchsia Society. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. 425-452-2750.

Native Plant Sale: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 10. Proceeds benefit the Washington Native Plant Society. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. 206-619-1073.


Bellevue Botanical Gardens: Includes 36 acres of perennial borders, Japanese, Waterwise, ground cover and alpine rock gardens and trails through native woodland and wetland areas. Free tours, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, April through October. Hours: Dawn-dusk daily. Visitors’ center hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: Free. 12001 Main St., Bellevue. 425-451-3755 or


King County Master Gardener Foundation talks: All talks at 10:30 a.m. Topics: April 5, “You Can Grow Figs in Puget Sound Country”; April 12, “Bees in the Garden.” Cost: Free. 15500 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue. 425-485-5942.

“Extreme Gardening—The Secrets of Growing a 500-lb Pumpkin”: 1 p.m. April 26. Stuart Shim to teach workshop. Cost: Free. Bellevue Nursery, 842 104th Ave. S.E. 425-454-5531 or

Bellevue Nursery Master Gardener Clinics: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer gardening questions. Bellevue Nursery, 842 104th Ave. S.E. 425-454-5531 or

Molbak’s, 13625 N.E. 175th St., Woodinville. 425-483-5000 or 866-466-5225. Classes include:

• “Pattern Garden—The Essential Elements of Garden-Making”: 11 a.m.-noon April 5. Speaker: Valerie Easton.

• “Ciscoe’s Favorite Perennials”: 1-2 p.m. April 6.

• “My Favorite Plants, Right Now!”: 11 a.m.-noon April 12. Speaker: Don Marshall.

• “Soil Simplified”: 1-2 p.m. April 13. Speaker: Brad Swank.

• “Look Behind the Closed Doors at Monrovia”: 11 a.m.-noon April 19. Speaker from Monrovia Growers in California.

• “Be An Informed Gardener”: 1-2 p.m. April 20. Speakers: Linelle Russ and Linda Chalker-Scott.

• “Extreme Gardening—How to Grow a 500 lb. Pumpkin!”: 11 a.m.-noon April 26. Speaker: Stuart Shim.

• “Herbal Renewal and Pot Fancy”: 2-3 p.m. April 26. Speaker: Marianne Binetti.

• “May Day Lei Making”: 1 p.m. May 1. Supplies provided. Cost: $18.

• “Natural Lawn Care”: 11 a.m.-noon May 3.

• “How to Create a Hanging Basket: 1-2 p.m. May 4.

• Ciscoe Morris: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10. Gardening expert will be on hand to answer questions.

• “Wine & Roses with Marianne Binetti”: 6-7 p.m. May 16. Cost: $15 for wine tasting.

• “Some Like It Hot”: 11 a.m.-noon May 17.

• “Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways”: 1-2 p.m. May 18.

• “Kate’s Kitchen… Sustainably Grown Herbs”: 11 a.m. May 24.

• “Transformational Interior Design with Magi Myggen”: 6-7 p.m. May 30. Cost: $15 for wine tasting.

• “Flowering Shrubs Throughout the Year”: 11 a.m. May 31.

Swanson’s Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle. 206-782-2543 or Classes include:

• Sogetsu Ikebana demonstration: 2 p.m. April 5. Arrangements will be on display April 5-6.

• Dan Hinkley: 11 a.m. April 6. Author and gardener Hinkley will discuss good plants for Northwest urban gardens. Reservations required.

• “NW Natives for Sun and Shade”: 10 a.m. April 12.

• “The Informed Gardener”: 4 p.m. April 13.

• “Urban Herbs and Vigorous Veggies”: 10 a.m. April 19.

• “Tomato Time!”: 4 p.m. April 19.

• “Wild Plants of Seattle”: 4 p.m. April 20.

• “Drought Tolerant Beauties for Dry Soil”: 10 a.m. April 26.

• “Warm Weather Veggies”: 5 p.m. May 3.

• Gardening 101, 102 and 103: 5 p.m. Saturdays, May 17-31.

• “Tropical Look-Alike Plants”: 4 p.m. June 8.

• “Container Design”: 10 a.m. June 14.

• “Xeriscaping”: 4 p.m. June 29.

• Ikebana floral design class: 9:15 a.m. Fridays. Cost: $25; registration required.

Floral Design Institute, Inc.: Institute offers various floral design classes. Cost: $45 for classes and price includes all materials and supplies. Call for details. 911 Western Ave., Suite 575, Seattle. 206-749-9464 or

Squak Mountain Greenhouses and Nursery: 10:30 a.m. Saturdays. Free seminars. Squak Mountain Greenhouses and Nursery, 7600 Renton-Issaquah Road S.E., Issaquah.

WSU Snohomish County Extension: Come learn how to grow your own fresh food. Cost: $35 per class. 600 128th St. S.E., Everett. 425-338-2400 or


Bellevue Botanical Garden: Adult volunteers are needed to care for the Waterwise Garden at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Volunteer days are 1-3 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month. No experience necessary. For details, call Bellevue Utilities at 425-452-4127. Year-round volunteer opportunities include horticultural assistants, special event staff, boards and committees, plant photography and documentation. 12001 Main St., Bellevue. 425-451-3755 or

Garden Clubs

Auburn Garden Club: 1 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Topic: April 8, “Save the Earth One Habitat Garden at a Time,” featuring Native Plant Trunk Show presentation by Brett Johnson. Cost: $1 donation. Auburn Senior Activity Center, 808 Ninth St. S.E. 253-874-5841 or 253-839-6023.

Eastside Fuchsia Society: 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month. Evergreen Court Retirement Center, 900 124th Ave. N.E., Bellevue. 425-746-0885.

Evergreen Chrysanthemum Association: 7 p.m. the second Thursday of the month. Seattle Police Athletic Association Office, 11030 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila. 253-852-8796.

Greater Federal Way Orchid Society: 7 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, except July, August and December. Anyone interested in learning about growing orchids is welcome. Bring an orchid to show or come with a question. Annual dues: $10. Kloshe Illahee Lodge, 2500 S. 370th St., Federal Way. 253-946-2300.

Green Thumb Garden Club: 7 p.m. the first Friday of the month. St. John the Baptist Church, 25810 156th Ave. S.E., Covington. 253-630-7674.

Hill ‘N Dale Garden Club: 6 p.m. the first Monday of the month, September-June. Newport Way Library, 14250 S.E. Newport Way, Bellevue. 425-255-9705 or e-mail

Lake Meridian Garden Club: 6:15 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, September-June. Group meets in members’ homes. Call for details, location. 253-631-7107.

Lake Wilderness Arboretum Volunteer Days: 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays and the first Saturday of the month. 22520 S.E. 248th St., Maple Valley. 253-631-0565, ext. 170, or

Looking for a Garden Club: Garden clubs in the East Lake Washington District welcome new members. For nearby clubs, call the membership chairman: 425-822-7275 and leave a message.

O’Brien Garden Club: 11 a.m. the third Friday of the month. Club is a member of the National Council of State Garden Clubs. Fairwood Library, 17009 140th Ave. S.E., Renton. 425-255-6236.

Puget Sound Bonsai Association: 7 p.m. April 28. University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle.

Puyallup Rose Society: 7 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. Learn to prune, plant and grow roses. Dues: $10 per year. Washington State University extension, Allmendinger Hall, 7612 Pioneer Way E., Puyallup.

Rock Garden Club: Meets at the Center for Urban Horticulture at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle. 425-391-5335.

Snohomish Garden Club: 7 p.m. April 14. Speaker: Willi Evans. Cost: $5 for non-members; free for members. Snohomish High School Performing Arts Center, 1316 Fifth St., Snohomish. 425-334-3881, or

Sunset View Garden Club: 10 a.m. the third Thursday of the month. Group is a member of the Washington State Garden Clubs. Golden Pines Retirement Home, 2901 10th Ave. N.E., Renton. 425-255-0859 or 425-255-8195.

Terra Tillers Garden Club: 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month, September-June. 425-885-4889.

Totem Lake Garden Club: 7 p.m. April 15. Master Gardener Barbara Flynn to show slide presentation, “Gardens of England, France, Scotland and Ireland.” Visitors welcome. Fire Station No. 26, 9930 124th Ave. N.E., Kirkland. 425-822-7275.

West Sammamish Garden Club: 10 a.m. the second Thursday of the month, September-June. Vasa Park Ballroom, 3560 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., Bellevue. 425-643-2722.

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