Home and garden

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Holiday workshop: noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 2, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Family workshop to make holiday-themed things.… Continue reading

Sally and Tom Joy are surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home in Mukilteo. The Joy house is one of five on the Assistance League’s Holiday Home Tour set for Dec. 4. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Vintage rug with funny picture and saying sells for $1,500

Collectors want early-20th-century hooked rugs made from burlap backings and strips of old clothes.

Sally and Tom Joy surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in Mukilteo, Wa. The Joys are opening their home to the holiday home tour, a fundraiser for the Assistance League. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

A joyous display: 5 houses on Assistance League’s holiday tour

The annual self-guided Holiday Home Tour is a fundraiser for the Operation School Bell program.

Sally and Tom Joy surrounded by Christmas decorations at their home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 in Mukilteo, Wa. The Joys are opening their home to the holiday home tour, a fundraiser for the Assistance League. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Winter speakers: Tickets are on sale now for the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series with eight celebrity gardeners, authors and… Continue reading

Around Thanksgiving, gardeners give thanks for the garden

What are they most thankful for? The pleasure they receive from spending time in their yards.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Thuja occidentalis ‘Degroot’s Spire’

What: An exceptional selection of the eastern arborvitae, Thuja occidentalis “Degroot’s Spire” is very popular because of its narrow, columnar form with dense green foliage… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Printing workshop: with artist and naturalist April Richardson, 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 19, Edmonds Wildlife Habitat and Demonstration Garden, 95 Pine St., Edmonds. Leaves… Continue reading

Now is the perfect time to design the garden of your dreams

Find inspiration in gardening magazines, on the internet, in your neighborhood and at nurseries.

This famous chair from the 1950s has a retractable footrest

Vladimir Kagan designed chairs with sloping backs, arms and footrests that were partially hidden.

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Bees and dessert: The Snohomish Garden Club’s fundraising auction is 6 p.m. Nov. 11, Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St. The event features silent and… Continue reading

Keep the garden interesting all through the winter

These plants will add much-needed color to the winter garden.

Patriotic coffee mill from 1990 pictures Teddy Roosevelt

The highly collectable mills were hand-cranked until 1938 when the first electric models were made.

Plant of Merit: Nerine bowdenii

What: Nerine bowdenii may resemble a lily, but it is actually a member of the amaryllis family. The bright pink color brings a tropical touch… Continue reading

Experts spill secrets for a well-stocked bar cart

By Debbie Carlson / Chicago Tribune Want to throw a proper cocktail party, but don’t know where to start? Proper tools and spirits are musts,… Continue reading

Fall pruning at the top of the gardener’s November to do list

Gardening in the Northwest really is a year-round hobby. Check off this month’s chores.

Garden clubs in Snohomish, Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: Aucuba japonica ‘Mr. Goldstrike,’ Japanese aucuba

What: If your garden has a dry and shady area, Aucuba japonica “Mr. Goldstrike” is the shrub to fill the spot. The lustrous dark, evergreen… Continue reading

Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Hunt for junk: Are you a keen-eyed junker? The Great Junk Hunt is 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 10 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.… Continue reading