'Pruning Japanese Maples' at Swansons Nursery: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. Professional pruner and landscape architect, Dan Gilchrist, shares his expertise on pruning these Japanese Maples with a special focus on Weeping Japanese Maples. Free. 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle.
'The Art of Bonsai: Group Plants Penjing Style' Seminar at Sky Nursery: Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. Local bonsai guru Robert Cho demonstrates how to create complete miniature landscapes with multiple plants, rocks, and other elements. Free. 18528 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline.
'Bodacious Borders: The Art of Making Plant Combinations': lecture by Lucy Hardiman at the Bellevue Botanical Garden: Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 7 p.m.. $15 or $5 for BBG members. No pre-registration, pay at the door. 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.
'Enhancing Your Home with Indoor Plants' seminar at Molbaks: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m. Gretchen Fowler will share her top plant picks and design trends for an interesting indoor landscape. Free. Molbak's, 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville.
Northwest Perennial Alliance presents 'The Good, the Bad and Why Bother': Sunday, Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.(doors open at noon for plant sales). George Lasch will examine what attributes really matter when trying to choose the best plants. Admission $15 (NPA members free). Bellevue Botanical Garden: 12001 Main Street, Bellevue.
Tacoma Home and Garden Show: Jan. 28 to 31, 11 a.m. -7 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Sunday. Display gardens, plant sales, and seminars galore. $12 General Admission, age 16 and under free. Held at the Tacoma Dome.
Richie Steffen, curator of the Elisabeth C Miller Botanical Garden, lectures at the Kruckeberg Annual Meeting: 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. Richie will share his insights of how the friendship of Art and Maureen Kruckeberg influenced the development of the Miller Garden. Suggested donation $5 (Kruckeberg garden members free). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shoreline City Hall: 17500 Midvale Ave. N, Shoreline.
'Plan and Prep for Your Edible Garden' at Swansons Nursery: 10:00 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 30. Bill Thorness, author of Cool Season Gardener, will share tips to help you get growing early. Free. 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle.
'Small Fruits, Big Harvests', part of Growing Groceries Education Series:: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 3. How to grow strawberries, cane berries, blueberries and other small fruit using sustainable gardening practices. $25, discounts if take 5 or more classes in series. WSU Snohomish County Extension: 600 - 128th Street SE (McCollum Park), Everett.
'Start Sharp!' Hands on Pruner Sharpening Workshop at Molbaks: 10 a.m. to 11 .a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6. Bring in ONE pair of pruners and learn how to clean and sharpen them yourself! Sharpening tools will be available to purchase the day of the event. Free. Molbak's, 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville.
City Fruit 'Espalier Tree Pruning Class': 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 6. Learn how to train and prune trees to grow flat. $45, $35 for City Fruit members. West Seattle.
Portland Yard Garden & Patio Show: Feb 12,13,14: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 3 days of seminars, exhibits, and shopping. I will be speaking Sunday at 12:30. $12 with various discounts. 777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Portland.
'Start Seeds Indoors' Class at Seattle Tilth: 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 13. Get a head start on spring and summer by starting your organic veggie garden indoors now. $36, $25 member, $54 household. Register on line. 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Seattle.
Plant Amnesty Master Pruner Series 'Pruning Fruit Trees': 10 a.m. to noon, Sunday, Feb. 14. Ingela Wanerstrand will teach the basics of fruit tree pruning, covering apple, cherry, plum, and pear trees. $20 general public; $15 PlantAmnesty members, $5 horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary (show up at Sand Point Magnuson Park, 6344 NE 74th St, Seattle.
Heronswood Garden Upcoming 2016 Weed, Walk, & Talk events: This event is scheduled on the second Wednesday and the fourth Saturday of each month under the direction of co-founder, Dan Hinkley. See website for exact dates. The day includes hands on fun in the Garden and either a presentation related to horticulture or a walk through the Garden with discussions on what is observed. These volunteer work days run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no charge.
Washington Park Arboretum Weekend Walk Tour Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Casual guided tour focusing on plants that are particularly interesting for the time of year. Free (meet at the Graham Visitors Center at the Washington Park Arboretum). 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle.