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Best Spring Gardening Classes and Events

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If your green thumb is telling you it’s time to get gardening, here are some Puget Sound nurseries and events where you can get great tips and pick up supplies to get your spring garden started.

Seattle Tree Fruit Society Spring Fruit Show
Saturday, March 24
10:00am – 3:00pm
Sky Nursery
18528 Aurora Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
206.546.4851
http://www.skynursery.com

Join the Seattle Tree Fruit Society and Sky Nursery for a day of free grafting demonstrations, tool sharpening, and fruit tree selection and
care information from the local tree fruit fanatics. You can learn how to graft a tree or have someone graft one for you (donations
requested to cover supplies), learn about unusual tree fruit, find out the best apple varieties and more! Plus, a Kid’s Crafts Area with print making projects using vegetables and fruits on paper & paper hats.

Container Gardening for Early Spring Color
Saturday, March 24
10:00am – 11:00am
Swanson’s Nursery
9701 15th Ave NW
Seattle WA 98117
206.782.2543
http://www.swansonsnursery.com

Spice up your spring with colorful containers. Join our own container designer, Stephanie Morel, for tips and techniques for adding to color to your container for the early spring. Free.

Smart Vegetable Garden Planning
Thursday, March 29
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Seattle Tilth
Good Shepherd Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Room 107
Seattle, WA 98103
800.838.3006
http://www.seattletilth.org

Learn what you can grow in the space that you have and when to plant. Learn crop rotation basics, seasonal succession planting, where to place a garden within your landscape and special considerations of both cold and hot weather crops. You will leave with a better understanding of how to create a healthy, delicious and highly productive four-season garden plan. $36. Call or go online to register.

Winning Combinations: Spring
Saturday March 31
10:00am – 11:00am
City People’s Nursery
2939 E. Madison St.
Seattle, WA 98112
206.324.0737
http://www.citypeoples.com

Join Professor Emeritus Walt Bubelis, Horticulturalist and local plant expert, as he picks out pairs and groups of plants that look great and thrive when planted together. Walt will discuss things to consider when picking combinations of plants, and, weather permitting, will walk you through the nursery to find more great plant pairs. Call to register for the FREE class.

Everett Home & Garden Show
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
April 13, 14 and 15
Comcast Arena
2000 Hewitt Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
http://www.everetthomegardenshow.com

The 10th annual Everett Home & Garden Show is the largest and only Home and Garden show in Snohomish County presented in the new Comcast
Arena. See a stunning 1,500 square foot landscape display. Steve Smith, “The Whispering Gardner” of Sunnyside Nursery presents the most entertaining and knowledgeable flower and garden presentations in Snohomish County.

West Seattle Nursery’s Annual Spring Open House with Art in the Garden Exhibit
Saturday, April 14
11:00am – 3:00pm
5275 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136
206.935.9276
http://www.westseattlenursery.com

Join West Seattle Nursery for complimentary expresso, hors d’ouevres and guest speakers. Check out fanciful garden art from local artists.

Gardening with Kids – Creating an Easy Outdoor Snacking Garden
Sunday, April 15
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Molbak’s Garden + Home
13625 NE 175th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
425.483.5000
http://www.molbaks.com

Featuring Emily Bishton, Green Light Gardening & Magnuson Nature Programs Director, you’ll learn to foster a love of gardening in your children while encouraging healthy eating habits! Join Emily and learn about fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are healthy, easy-to-grow, and encourage in-garden snacking. Emily will cover succession planting techniques for fast-growing, tasty crops such as sugar snap peas, carrots, chives, cherry tomatoes, as well as other fun-to-eat-crops like strawberries and blueberries. Kids are encouraged to attend with their parents!

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