Let it rain: Rain barrel workshop, May 19 in Everett. The fee is $40 and includes a 55-gallon barrel and all the necessary parts. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 425-257-8992 or go to www.everettwa.gov/LetitRain.
Spring into spring: Noon to 1 p.m. May 21, Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens with Master Gardeners of Snohomish County. Learn how to amend your soil, what seeds are best for our area and how to successfully germinate them. Get ideas for creative ways to blend ornamentals and edibles in your landscape. Class at Jennings Park, 6915 Armar Road, Marysville. Meet at the front entrance of the master gardeners’ demonstration garden.
Very interesting: Jack Nisbet, Spokane author and naturalist, will talk about “Some Exceedingly Interesting Things: The Many Gardens of David Douglas,” 11 a.m. May 21, with optional tour of adjacent native plant garden at 10 a.m., WSU NW Research Center, 16550 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. Sponsored by the Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. Free.
Turtle power: Celebrate World Turtle Day, 1 to 3 p.m. May 22, Edmonds Native Plant Demonstration Garden, Willow Creek Hatchery, northwest corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way. Thayer “Frog Lady” Cueter will talk about the Washington native turtle, the western pond turtle, and also show some non-native turtles. Those turtles will be available for adoption as indoor pets. The workshop is free, with donations accepted to support native turtles, frogs, and amphibians. Info: www.justfrogs.org; Justfrogs@gmail.com; or 206-618-7232.
Urban forest: Volunteer to help restore Everett’s urban forest. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided. All ages welcome. To RSVP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 425-238-0065.
9 a.m.-noon May 21, Thornton A. Sullivan Park
Noon-3 p.m. May 28, Howarth Park
Potting Day: Arlington Garden Club is teaming up with Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville on May 21. Garden club members will fill the containers with donated potting soil and plant the containers.
Sorticulture: Everett’s Garden Arts Festival is June 10-12, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Garden art, nurseries, gardening experts, food, music and a wine garden. Admission is free; www.everett wa.org.
Forever Flowers:9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 20, 21 and 22 and Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 3427 153rd Ave. SE, Snohomish; 425-335-0491. Cash or check only. Perennials, shrubs, trees, grafts. All plants and grafts originate onsite.
Of Milk and Honey: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 21, 3701 134th Place SW, Lynnwood. Vegetable and herb starts grown from organic seed, such as peas, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, basil, oregano and sage. Tomatoes from certified organic seed. Tomato plants include beefsteaks, cherry tomatoes, heirlooms and canning varieties. Chile pepper plants, native bee supplies, bee houses, kits, nesting materials.
Monroe High School FFA: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28, 17001 Tester Road, Monroe. Annuals, perennials, baskets, vegetable starts and more. Cash or check only. Contact Vince Caruso at email@example.com or call 360-804-4686.
Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; 425-257-8597. Trees, shrubs, perennials, ground covers, roses, annuals. Raffle. Sales benefit the arboretum. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com.
Mukilteo Way Garden Club is offering a $1,000 Scholarship for horticulture studies at Edmonds Community College. Current EdCC students, high school students and adult learners are eligible. Application and details are available at www.mwgc.org or by request at PO Box 1361, Mukilteo, WA 98275. Application deadline is May 31.
Evergreen Awards: Mountlake Terrace is accepting nominations for its annual Evergreen Awards, which recognize property owners who take great care of their properties. Nomination forms are at www.cityofmlt.com and at city facilities. Accepted through May 28.
Home, sweet, home: Monte Cristo Awards honor Everett property owners who have shown extensive pride in their home or business. Awards are given in three categories: Rejuvenation and Transformation; Pride of the Neighborhood; and Neighborhood-Friendly Business. Deadline for entries is June 15. An awards ceremony is Oct. 13. Nomination forms are available at everettwa.gov/montecristo, Everett Library branches, the city’s Wall Street Building, 2930 Wetmore, the PUD and local home improvement, paint and lumber stores.
Mill Creek Garden Tour: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at six gardens in Mill Creek; benefits Mill Creek Garden Club’s “Giving through Gardening” school grants, civic projects and club operations; tickets $15; on sale at Li’l Sprout Nursery, 17414 Bothell-Everett Highway, Mill Creek; www.millcreekgardenclub.com.
Camano Island Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour: Features landscaping for wildlife, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 25; maps at the Camano Multipurpose Center, 141 NE Camano Dr., the day of the event; free; www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Edmonds in Bloom: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 17 at a variety of private gardens; tickets will be sold at businesses and online the first week in June; www.edmondsinbloom.com.
Snohomish Garden Club garden tour: Noon to 5 p.m. July 31 at gardens in the Snohomish area; $12; tickets available at several locations; 425-377-2084; www.snohomishgarden club.com.