This year’s theme is “Sustainable is Attainable,” and kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, and runs through Sunday at 4 p.m. The tour will feature 18 commercial and residential sites in and around Olympia. The old Schoenfeld’s building at Fourth Avenue and Capitol Way, in downtown Olympia will serve as the Green Tour resource hub. Those with questions about anything to do with green building or renovating will be able to have their questions answered by an expert. For additional information, call 360-754-6152, or log on to: SouthSoundGreenTour.org.
I'M TIRED OF YARD WORK
Learn how to lower your gardening maintenance from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Tumwater City Hall classroom, 555 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater. Call 360-754-4160, to register for this class. Cost is $15 per person.
NATIVE PLANT SALE
The Washington Native Plant Society, South Sound Chapter will host the Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the State Capitol Museum Coach House, 211 21st Ave. S.W., Olympia.
TWIN HARBORS HOME & GARDEN SHOWThe show runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at Grays Harbor County Fairgrounds, 32 Elma-McCleary Road, Elma. Admission is free.
BARN NURSERY CLASSES
The Barn Nursery has ongoing gardening classes, at 9510 Old Highway 99 S.E., Olympia. 360-943-2826. May 19: Spring Fling, with Marianne Binetti, 10 a.m.; May 20: Low Volume Drip Irrigation, with instructor Dominic from Ewing Irrigation and Lowell Cordas, 1 p.m.; June 17: Everything is coming up Roses, 1 p.m.; July 1 or 8: Ponds, patios and groundcovers by Nature Perfect. Call to verify the date; Aug. 5: Garden Structures and Decor, 1 p.m. All classes are free. thebarnnurseryolympia.com.
SPRING PLANT SALE
The Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden will host its annual Spring Plant Sale from 3-6 p.m. Friday, April 20, and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Weyerhaeuser Corporate Campus, 33663 Weyerhaeuser Way S. Federal Way, in the west upper-level parking lot. More than 20 vendors will be on hand with rare and unusual plants. Call 253-661-9377, for additional information.
COUNTRY LIVING GARDENING WORKSHOPS
Last Saturday of each month: Morning class from 9:30 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon class from 1-3:30 p.m., at Memorial Hall, 210 Franklin St. W., Shelton. Cost is $15 per day. Series passes are available for $90 per person, or $100 per couple. Payments will be accepted at the door, but please call in advance to register to ensure adequate supplies are available, 360-427-9670, ext. 680. Classes are: April 28: “More Vegetable Gardening and Native Plants for Health,” May 26: “Bee Keeping and Pollinators and Orcharding West of the Cascades,” June 30: “Rain Gardens and Raising Chickens,&rdquo.
LE PETITE ACADEMY SUMMER CAMPSBayview School of Cooking will host Le Petite Academy Summer Camps, “Breakfast and Lunch – Little Cooks in the Kitchen,” for kids ages 5-8 on July 9-10, and July 30-31, at 516 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. The two sessions will each be from 9-11 a.m., with breakfast on Monday, and lunch on Tuesday. Cost for the sessions are $75 per student. Call 360-709-0019, for additional information. South Sound Fruit Society: Meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month, Organic Farmhouse at The Evergreen State College, 2712 Lewis Road, Olympia. For information on upcoming events log on to: wcfs.org.
EVERGREEN STATE DAHLIA ASSOCIATION
Meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month, October through June, at Lacey Church of God, 5005 Lacey Blvd. Call John Mackey, 360-956-1614, or log on to: Olympiadahlias.org, for details.
Workshops, compost bin sales, and in-depth composting training. Workshops on Green Cone Composting, yard waste composting, and worm bins are offered from June to September at Olympia’s Farmers Market. Call 360-867-2151 or 360-481-4204, or go to compostbins.thurstoncounty.com to order compost bins.
OLYMPIA BONSAI CLUB
Meets at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. Go to easysite.com/olympiabonsaiclub for more information.
OLYMPIA GARDEN CLUB
Meets at 10 a.m. the last Thursday of each month at Gull Harbor Lutheran Church, 4610 Boston Harbor Road N.E., Olympia. Call Gail Martinolich, 360-402-7669, or go to olympiagardenclub.wordpress.com.
OLYMPIA ROSE SOCIETY
Meets at 7 p.m. on the second Friday of each month February through June and September through November at the Schmidt Mansion, 330 Schmidt Place, Tumwater. Email email@example.com or go to www.olyrose.org for details.
SOUTH SOUND DAHLIA SOCIETY
Meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Tyee Grill, 5757 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater. Call 360-786-1579.
ETHNOBOTANY OF WESTERN WASHINGTON
Respecting the Knowledge: Ethnobotany of Western Washington: Understanding the relationship between plants and people. The exhibit includes photographs of native plants and descriptions of their traditional usage, handmade tools and implements, baskets and a bentwood box. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, State Capital Museum, 211. 21st Ave. S.W., Olympia. Cost is $1-2. 360-753-2580.