Lowell tour: The community of Lowell is marking its 150th anniversary with a self-guided home tour beginning at 10 a.m. June 29 at the Lowell Historic Community Church (River of Life Church), 5218 S. Second Ave. Everett library historian David Dilgard will give a history of Lowell at the church at 10 a.m. Maps to homes on the tour will be available at the church. Call Gail Chism, 425-258-9381, for more information.
Butterfly gardens: Master gardener Julie O’Donald offers a free workshop on plants that attract butterflies from 10 to 11:30 a.m. July 6 at Edmonds Native Plant Demo Garden. Enter the garden at Willow Creek Hatchery on Pine Street off Highway 104, Edmonds. Contact Susie Schaefer at firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-771-8165.
Heronswood fund-raiser: A tour of Heronswood Nursery display gardens and a plant sale goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 6 at the Kingston site of the old nursery. The sale will benefit restoration of the property, which was purchased by the Port Gamble S’Kallam Tribe. Dan Hinkley, one of the originators of Heronswood, is one of the lecturers at the event. Heronswood is at 7530 NE 288th, Kingston. See www.heronswood.com for more about the botanical gardens.
Garden competition: Gardeners in Edmonds and Woodway are invited to enter Edmonds in Bloom competition. The gardens must be visible from the street or alley. Single family homes, apartments, townhouses, businesses are all welcome. Homes that have fruit and veggies in their front garden can enter also. The deadline for entering is July 3. Gardens will be judged between July 11 and 18. All entrants will be invited to an awards reception Aug. 7 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. Pick up entry forms at the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; or Bountiful Home, the Edmonds Library, Garden Gear and the Log Cabin. Call Barbara Chase, 425-697-3552, or Joyce Johnson, 425-774-7865, or see www.edmondsinbloom.com for more information.
Tour and tea: The Oak Harbor Garden Club’s self-guided tour of six gardens is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29. Admission is a $15 donation to benefit garden club projects and the community and includes tea and treats. Advance tickets are for sale from garden club members, the Oak Harbor and Coupeville Chambers of Commerce, Purple Bench, Hummingbird Farm, Mailliard’s Landing Nursery, Wind &Tide Bookstore, Greenhouse Nursery and Bayleaf stores. Call Tina Byrner, 360-720-2562 with questions.
Open house: Keeping it Green Nursery demonstration gardens will be open for viewing from noon to 4 p.m. June 30 with complimentary tea and cookies. The nursery specializes in hardy perennials, ferns, lilies and native species. Guests can enter a contest to find whimsical teapots hidden in the garden. The winner will receive a garden basket. The nursery is at 19400 96the Ave. NW, at Warm Beach, six miles south of Stanwood.
Mukilteo Garden &Quilt Tour: The biennial tour, sponsored by Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters and the Mukilteo Way Garden Club, is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 and and noon to 4 p.m. July 22. This is slef-guided tour by car to seven locations featuring more than 100 handmade quilts. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 on the days of the tour at Rosehill Community Center, Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Website sales: www.mukilteogardenandquilttour.org. Also onsale now in Mukilteo at Ace Hardware, Barbara’s Floral, Mukilteo Art and Frame, and Papa Murphy’s, and at Aunt Mary’s Quilt shop (Smokey Point), My Garden Nursery (Mill Creek), Pacific Stone and the Needle and I (Everett), Sunnyside Nursery (Marysville), Sky Nursery (Shoreline), and Pacific Fabric outlets.
Edmonds in Bloom: The 18th annual garden tour on July 21 features six gardens including a Zen garden and a garden of rare species. Tickets are $15 available at Sky Nursery, Swansons Nursery, Wight’s, Plant Shack, Bountiful Home, Frances Anderson Center and Garden Gear. Tickets are also available online at www.edmondsinbloom.com. Call 206-913-3927 for more information.
Snohomish Garden Tour: The Snohomish Garden Club self-guided tour is from noon to 5 p.m. July 28, featuring eight urban and suburban gardens. Tickets are $12 and will be available in early July at Annie’s on First, Curly Willow, Joyworks, Kusler’s, McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery, Machias Nursery, McDaniel’s Do It Center, Molbacks, My Garden Nursery and Sunnyside Nursery. Day of tour tickets will be available at the above outlets as well as the Snohomish Library after 10:30 a.m. See www.snohomishgardenclub.com/ for more information.
Arboretum tours: Reservations are now being taken for 2013 custom group tours of the Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens. The group tours are available all year by calling 425-257-8597. There is no charge, but donations to the Evergreen Arboretum Foundation are welcome. The arboretum is at 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com or email email@example.com.
Drip irrigation class: Master gardner Jeff Thompson’s workshop will show you how to make a drip irrigation system from 1 to 6 p.m. July 11 at the Snohomish County WSU Extension office at McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. The class is $20 a person or $25 for two people sharing materials. To register call Karie Christensen at 425-357-6039, or download the brochure at http://snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/workshops/DripIrrigation2013.pdf.
Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens 2013 lectures: Noon to 1 p.m. select Saturdays, at the arboretum, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett, either in the indoor classroom or, when appropriate, outside on the arboretum grounds. All the classes are free. Seating is limited and some classes require registration. Call 425-257-8597 to register. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to learn more.
- July 20: Summer care of Japanese maples with Trevor Cameron of Sunnyside Nursery
- Aug. 17: Native plants with Andy Sudkamp, a horticulturist and biology teacher. Meet at the arboretum entrance for a tour.
- Sept. 21: Fall/winter containers with Dee Drake, arboretum volunteer. Registration necessary. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
- Oct. 19: Putting your Garden to Bed with Wink Cushman, master gardener. Meet at the arboretum entrance.
- Nov. 16: Holiday natural centerpieces with Marylou Hart, arboretum board member and master gardener. Registration necessary.
- Dec. 7: Arboretum gift-making workshop for kids, noon to 2 p.m., with Hap Wertheimer, past arboretum president and art teacher. Registration necessary.
These local nurseries feature gardening classes, guest speakers and special events throughout the year, often for no charge. Check their websites or call for details.
- Christianson’s Nursery and Greenhouse: 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; 360-466-3821; www.christiansonsnursery.com
- Falling Water Gardens: Free classes in creating and caring for a pond, 17516 Highway 203, Monroe; 360-863-1400, www.fallingwatergardens.com.
- McAuliffe’s Valley Nursery: 11910 Springhetti Road, Snohomish; 360-862-1323; www.mcauliffesvalleynursery.com
- Molbak’s Garden &Home: 13625 NE 175th St., Woodinville; 425-483-5000; www.molbaks.com
- My Garden: 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; 425-402-1842; www.mygardennursery.com
- Pine Creek Nursery: 23225 Sofie Road, Monroe; 360-863-8866; www.pinecreeknursery.com
- Plant Shack: 2829 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 206-390-1422; www.plantshacknursery.com/
- Sky Nursery: 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline; 206-546-4851; www.skynursery.com
- Sunnyside Nursery: 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville; 425-334-2002; www.sunnysidenursery.net
- The Plant Farm at Smokey Point: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 360-652-3351; www.theplantfarm.com
- Wight’s Home &Garden: 5026 196th St. SW, Lynnwood; 425-775-3636; www.wights.com
- Plant Clinics
- Alderwood Fred Meyer: 2902 164th St. SW, Lynnwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays through July 13.
- Arlington Hardware: 215 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, July 6, and 20, Aug. 3 and Sept. 7.
- Edmonds Farmers Market: 100 block of Fifth Ave. N. in front of Log Cabin; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays June 29 through Oct. 5, except Aug. 10.
- Everett Farmers Market: Everett Waterfront near Marina Village; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 29.
- Everett Lowe’s: 2505 Pacific Ave., Everett; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 20.
- Lynnwood Lowe’s: 3100 196th SW, Lynnwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 29.
- Marysville Jenning Park Demonstration Garden: 6915 Armar Road, Marysville; 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 31.
- Marysville Smokey Point Plant Farm: 15022 Twin Lakes Ave., Marysville; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29.
- Mill Creek Lowe’s: 2002 132nd St., Everett; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 29 and 30.
- Mill Creek My Garden Nursery: 17414 Bothell Everett Hwy., Mill Creek; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through July 20.
- Monroe Lowe’s: 19393 Tjerne Place SE, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.
- Monroe Evergreen State Fair: Fairgrounds, Monroe; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 to Sept. 2.
- Mukilteo Farmers Market: Mukilteo Lighthouse; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 25 .
- Snohomish Farmers Market: First and Cedar streets, Snohomish; 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27; 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 11 through Aug. 29.
- Stanwood Haggen: 26603 72nd Ave. NW., Stanwood; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 29.
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