Special Events


This Special Events section features upcoming architectural tours, home and garden shows, lectures, talks, book signings, and anything of interest in the Art/Architecture/Home/Garden arena.

PNA: Events: Home Design and Remodel Fair

HOME DESIGN AND REMODEL FAIR : Imagine, Explore, Build and Live

Go to the Phinney Ridge Association website for details.

This is your opportunity to gather information about home design, remodeling, sustainable building practices, reused/recycled materials, landscaping, building codes and finance. Exhibitors will include general and specialty contractors, interior design, re-roofing, flooring, landscaping, salvaged building materials and more.
Hear From the Experts! This year’s Fair will include short panel discussions featuring Home Fair exhibitors

6532 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle WA 98103
(206) 783-2244

Special Events Calendar

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Frye Art Museum presents “Architecture of Absence”

Candida Hfer: Architecture of Absence

Through its exhibitions, collections, and programs, the Frye Art Museum engages audiences, challenges perceptions, and encourages dialogue about representational art in all its complexities, past and present. Admission to the museum will always be free.

For a list of current exhibits, click here.

The Frye has great exhibits, plus it has a lovely cafe that is perfect for a light lunch


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Garden Events around Puget Sound

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden at Richmond Beach, in Shoreline, Washington, is dedicated to the educational, cultural and aesthetic enrichment of the community and all who visit. Mareen and Arthur Kruckeberg assembled the Gardens four-acre plant collection over many years. It is rich in native plants of the Pacific Northwest, and unusual species from other lands, set in a wooded, park-like atmosphere. The bird list identifies over 25 species that have visited the garden.


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AIA Seattle and Northwest Home + Garden Open House

This year begins a new partnership between the American Institute of Architects Seattle Chapter (AIA Seattle) and Northwest Home + Garden to bring the experience of Puget Soundarea residential design to our readers. Each issue, we will showcase an architect-designed home in our magazine selected by a committee from the AIA Seattle and Northwest Home + Garden, which will also be open for public touring on a Sunday afternoon.

AIA sponsors many events throughout the year.

Click HERE to view AIA Seattle events for the coming year.




Historic Seattle believes that buildings provide an essential link to the past, reminding us of who we are and where we came from. Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. Our mission is to educate, advocate and preserve.

As both a public development authority and charitable foundation Historic Seattle is a major advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings.

Northwest Flower and Garden Show!


2006 General Information

February 8-12, 2006

Wednesday Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
To Purchase Tickets Click Here
Washington State Convention Center

7th & Pike, Seattle, WA
For Directions Click Here







The 62nd Annual 2006 Seattle Home Show

February 18th26th at the Qwest Field Event Center

Home Show Hours:

Monday: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm
TuesdayThursday: 11:00 am to 8:30 pm
Friday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Make plans to attend Americas Biggest Open House, the 62nd Annual Seattle Home Show, taking place February 18 through 26 in the Qwest Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. Meet the professionals at over 600 displays who will share their expert advice on all areas of home improvement.







ACORN Housing Corp. Nonprofit home-buyer education and loan counseling. Weekly meetings, free. 206-243-4663.

Community Homeownership Center Information and referral service for low- and moderate-income first-time home buyers; classes sponsored by Washington State Housing Finance Commission, free. 800-317-2918.

International District Housing Alliance Nonprofit homeownership education and counseling services in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Tagalog and various Chinese dialects, free. 206-623-0122.


The Seattle Architectural Foundation Saturday morning Discover Tours featuring Art Deco Seattle, Historic Theaters, Art + Architecture and Skyscrapers. Tours meet at Seattle Architectural Foundation Gallery. 1333 Fifth Ave. Seattle. Tickets are $20. Call 206-667-9184 For Seattle Architectural Foundation website, click here.
Seattle Case Study Homes


Seattle Case Study Homes is now available at Peter Miller Books in Seattle. The northwest design journal called, “ARCADE” is distributing free copies to new subscribers.



Seattle Case Study Homes
American Institute of Architects – Seattle

Link to calendar of monthly events. Some seminars and lectures are open to the public, some for members only.
Click Here for AIA Seattle

Tuesdays are “Ask the Expert” at Seattle Design Center
Bring your design questions, floor plans and photos when you “ask the expert” at Seattle Design Center. Your complimentary consultation includes an hour-long session with a professional interior designer and a guided tour of showrooms generally open to the design trade only. Consultations are by appointment only. Call 800.497.7997 or e-mail rclarke@bay-west.com to reserve your place.


SDC/ASID SAMPLE SALE — September 19th and 20th. Call for details or go to their website:


Looking to the Past Helps Shape the Future

Founded in 1974, Historic Seattle is the only nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. As both a public development authority and charitable foundation, Historic Seattle is a major advocate for, and participant in, the thoughtful and meaningful preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings, landscapes, and architectural artifacts.
For Historic Seattle Special Events, CLICK HERE

WELL HOME CLASSES Sponsored by the Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Center. This is a great neighborhood community center that meets in an old, converted elementary school. It is located at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. This is what it’s all about, folks.

Check or money order. Mail your payment to PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 by the registration deadline.
Credit card. Phone (206) 783-2244 to register using Mastercard or Visa.

If you have questions about registration, call (206) 783-2244.The Phinney Center is open Monday through Friday, 9 am to 10 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm.
There are some fabulous Home & Garden Classes here:

Solar Energy for Your Home
Creating Backyard Wildlife Habitats
Designing Your Edible Landscape
NW Ecobuilding Guild Meetings:

Earthquake Home Retrofit
Basement Waterproofing and Remodeling
Plumbing Basics
Plumbing Alterations: Supply Lines & Drains
Kitchen Design and Remodeling
Attic Conversions, Dormers and Second Story Additions
Bathroom Design and Remodeling
Acessory Dwelling Units
The Not So Big House
Maximum Home Efficiency


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Special Arts Events Calendar

Arts Events around the Pacific Northwest



First Thursday
Gallery Walk in Pioneer Square and the Seattle Art Museum area. Each month from 6 – 8 pm. The Seattle Art Museum downtown and the Seattle Asian Art Museum in Volunteer Park are each free all day on First Thursday.

Capitol Hill Art Walk — First Friday of every month. Art, music, food, gawking. www.CHAW.com

Second Thursday
Kirkland Art Walk — Galleries are open from 6 – 9pm on the second Thursday of each month. Everett Gallery Walk — From 5 – 8pm. Start at the Everett Center for the Arts at 1507 Wall. Call 206/259-0380 for more information.

Third Thursday
Tacoma Art Walk — Tacoma’s galleries, Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum are open from 5 – 8pm. All three museums are free. Info line: 253/272-4258

Edmonds Art Walk — 6 – 8pm. Call for info: 425/774-5811

First Friday
Anacortes Galleries host a Gallery Walk from 6 – 9pm. Call Kathy at 360/293-6938.

Bremerton Gallery Walk downtown 5 – 9pm. Entertainment and refreshments. Vashon

Island Gallery Cruise — 6 – 9pm. Call Blue Heron Gallery 206/463-5131 or Silverwood Gallery 206/463-1722 for information. Event not held in January.

First Saturday
Langley on Whidbey Island — Galleries extend their hours to 9pm. Call 360/221-7737.

Gig Harbor Art Walk along the harbor, 1 – 5pm. Boaters welcome.

Port Townsend Gallery Walk 5 – 8pm. Call Ancestral Spirits at 360/385-0078.

Second Saturday
Ballard Art Walk 6 – 9pm. Call Art By Fire at 206/789-1490.

First Sunday
Quarterly Bainbridge Island Art Walk — Music, arts and poetry. Nov. 2, Feb. 1, noon to 5. For more info call 206/842.7901 or www.artshum.org.





Ballard Farmers Market – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, 5330 Ballard Ave., Seattle. 206-781-6776 or www.ballardsundaymarket.com.

Washington Park Arboretum – 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays, Pat Calvert Greenhouse, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle. 206-543-8800 and www.arboretumfoundation.org.

Mountains to Sound Nursery – Plant native tree and shrub seedlings in containers. The nursery uses plantings in restoration projects. Orientation and training session begins at 9 a.m. and will end by 3 p.m., Saturday and Jan. 31, Mountains to Sound Nursery, Lake Sammamish State Park, 20606 S.E. 56th St., Issaquah. Preregister: 206-812-0122 or www.mtsgreenway.org.

Seattle Japanese Garden – Guide training registration deadline is Feb. 15, Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E., Seattle, $15. Preregister: 206-283-9902.

Volunteer Chore Services – Help low-income elderly throughout King County with gardening or yard work, choose day/time/location. 425-284-2240.

Kruckeberg Botanic Garden – Volunteers help in various ways, including docents, hospitality and garden maintenance, 20312 15th Ave. N.W., Shoreline. 206-542-4777 or www.kruckeberg.org.

Lakewold Gardens Estate – Flexible work schedule, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive S.W., Lakewood. Lea Mester: 888-858-4106.

Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden – Flexible work schedule, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way. 253-838-4646.

Highline Botanical Garden – 10 a.m.-2 p.m. first and third Saturdays, adjacent to the North SeaTac Community Center, 138th South and 24th Avenue South, SeaTac. 206-246-5100, www.highlinegarden.org.

Friends of Interlaken Park – Work party (weather permitting) 8 a.m.-noon second and third Saturday of the month, meet at entrance, 19th Avenue East and East Galer Street, Seattle. 206-329-1911.

Leschi Natural Area – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. first Saturday of each month, East Terrace Street at 36th Avenue, Seattle. 206-322-7648.





Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens – Ten-acre garden and a 43-acre woodland preserve with trails; schedule guided tours in advance. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 3531 S. Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank, Whidbey Island, $3. 360-678-1912 or www.meerkerkgardens.org.
Arboretum walks – Guided tour, 1 p.m. first Sundays. Meet at Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle; free. Ground/trails including J.A. Witt Winter Garden, Azalea Way, Foster Island and Pinetum. For small fee, family/group guided hikes by appointment. 206-543-8800.
Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection – 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.
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden – 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. daily, closed Thursdays and Fridays, Weyerhaeuser campus, 2525 S. 336th St., Federal Way, $2.50-$3.50. 253-661-9377.

Bellevue Botanical Garden – Self-directed tour of the 36-acre garden, dawn-dusk daily, group tours by arrangement; visitor center open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, 12001 Main St., Bellevue; free. 425-452-2750.
Kubota Garden – Open daylight hours, 55th Avenue South and Renton Avenue South, south entrance, Seattle, free. Kubota Garden Foundation, 206-725-5060 and www.kubota.org.
Elisabeth C. Miller Horticultural Library – 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.



Bloedel Reserve – 165-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, $4-$6. 206-842-7631.

Parsons Garden – 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 – 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.

Volunteer Park Conservatory – Permanent/rotating seasonal displays including cacti, succulents, bromeliads and 800 orchids, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, greenhouse, north end of Volunteer Park, 1400 E. Galer St., Seattle, free. 206-684-4743.
Campus Garden – Organic garden features medicinal and culinary herbs; guided tours 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore, free. 425-602-3370.

Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd. Everett, WA. Open dawn til dusk daily. Over 2 acres of beautiful gardens, including a shade garden, perennial borders, dahlia garden, and much more. Visit our website for full description and driving directions. Phone 425-257-8597 to be put on our email list or regular mailing list. http://www.evergreenarboretum.com/

Snohomish Historical Society Tour of Homes: The 34th annual tour of private vintage homes and public structures, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 18, $15, $10 seniors, tickets available at the Waltz Building day of show. Various locations, Snohomish; 360-568-5235.

The fall garden: Laura Smith of Callaway Garden design teaches, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24, free. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett; 425-259-3798.

All about herbs and edible plants identification walk: Learn about local edible plants and medicinal uses of herbs, 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 15, $10, $5 members. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett; 425-259-3798.

Garden renovation workshop: Plant Amnesty workshop, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 29, $75, $65 members. Private residence, Seattle; 206-783-9093, 206-715-4149.

Molbak’s: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000, www.molbaks.com.

* Fall gardening extravaganza, Sept. 17, 18, 24, 25.

* Fall blooming perennials, 10 a.m. Sept. 17.

* Landscape 101: Getting started, 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

* Composting Q&A – Master recycler composters, 10 a.m. Sept. 17, 24.

* Don’t build a fence, grow one!, 1 p.m. Sept. 18.

* Create a water wise garden, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18.

* Ferns for all seasons, 11 a.m. Sept. 21.

* Gardening with Ciscoe’s, 10 a.m. Sept. 24.

* Ciscoe’s fall gardening tips, 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

* Fall container ideas and how to, 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

* Bulb parfait, 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25.


Sky Nursery: Free classes offered. 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; 206-546-4851.

* 13th annual fall gardening day, Sept. 10.

* The odd plant show and sale, all day Sept. 10 and 11.

* Fear of houseplants, 11 a.m. Sept. 17.

* Orchid basics, 11 a.m. Sept. 24.

* Fall is for planting, 2 p.m. Sept. 24.

* Orchid maintenance and repotting, 11 a.m. Oct. 1, $1 for repotting.

* Bulbs for spring beauty, 11 a.m. Oct. 8.

* Autumn pond care, 11 a.m. Oct. 15.

* Basics of indoor bonsai, 11 a.m. Oct. 22.

* Forcing bulbs for indoor beauty, 11 a.m. Oct. 29.

* Holiday open house, 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 5.


Swanson’s Nursery: Seminars and classes offered. Registration suggested. 9701 15th Ave. NW, Seattle; 206-782-2543, ext. 235, www.swansonsnursery.com.

* Putting your garden to bed, 11 a.m. Sept. 10.

* Ciscoe! on “Goodbye Grass…Hello Garden!,” 2 p.m. Sept. 10.

* Orchids and other Epiphytes, 11 a.m. Sept. 17.

* Bug proofing your flowering and fruit trees for spring, 1 p.m. Sept. 17.

* Bulbs, 1 p.m. Sept. 18.

* Fall pruning, 11 a.m. Sept. 24.

* Fall lawn care, 1 p.m. Sept. 24.

* Winter rest for fuchsias and dahlias, 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

Wight’s Home & Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-2614.

* Annual dahlia show, 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 10.

* Autumn color: Not just for gardens, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 24.

* Fall color walkabout, 10:30 a.m. Oct 22

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