Home and Garden calendar for Snohomish County and beyond

Spiders: Edmonds Wildlife Habitat Native Plant Demo Garden workshop on spiders, 3 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Willow Creek Hatchery on the NW corner of Pine Street and Edmonds Way. Speaker David Richman will show slides of spiders in Washington. More at garden@pilchuckaudubon.org.

Holiday garden: Arlington Garden Club Arts and Crafts, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5, Gleneagle Country Club. Holiday décor, body care products, bakery treats, decorative gourds, jewelry, handbags, accessories and infant wear. Garden art, wire cages, metal sculptures, wood crafted lawn furniture, oil paintings and Seahawk signs. Raffle for a sculpture by artist Dennis Cant. Funds raised help support many AGC community projects including a $2,000 annual scholarship for a local high school graduate.

Go green: Northwest EcoBuilding Guild presents Green Building Slam and Northwest Green Conference: 5:30 to 11 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 5, Kane Hall, University of Washington, 1410 NE Campus Way, Central Parking Plaza at 4100 15th NE. Tickets at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-green-building-slam-northwest-green-conference-tickets-25957659057?aff=erelexpmlt. Nov. 4: Ten fast-paced talks about green building projects. More at GreenBuildingSlam.org.

More green days: Keep Everett’s parks healthy and green. No experience is necessary and all tools are provided. Upcoming volunteer days are: Nov. 5, Forest Park. Nov. 12, South Everett Forest Preserve. Nov. 19, American Legion Memorial Park, with salmon-themed work party with lesson on salmon and forest restoration. Nov. 26, Howarth Park. Sessions are 9 a.m. to noon. More at https://everettwa.gov/796/Green-Everett-Partnership.

Forest Steward: Want to learn how to lead your own forest restoration project, get other volunteers involved and bring some much-needed TLC to a park you love? Become a forest steward. More at greeneverett@forterra.org or 425-238-0065.

Classes

Be a master: The master gardener program is accepting applications for 2017 training. Classes start in January. Training focuses on learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor and answer horticulture questions for the general public in a collaborative environment. All training is open book and no memorization is expected. Training involves about 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction once a week on Thursdays, from Jan. 12 through March 30. Tuition is $275 plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years with other volunteers on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $775. For more information and an application, go to extension.wsu.edu/snohomish and look under “Calendar” or call the Extension Office at 425-338-2400.

Winter Speaker Series: SnohomishCounty Master Gardener Foundation annual series features Northwest garden personalities in eight sessions on Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. beginning Jan 6. Lectures are held in the Social Hall of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. A pass for the complete series is $85; single sessions are $20 at the door. More at www.gardenlectures.com for a listing of dates, speakers, topics and how to register.

Growing Groceries Education Series: Classes designed to help you learn how to grow your own food. Classes are Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $20 per class or 10 for $175. Register online at GrowingGroceries.Eventbrite.com. For more, visit snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries; call 425-357-6024 or email kate.ryan@wsu.edu. Nov. 16: Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants Part 2. Interpreting soil tests; making and using compost.

Jan. 18: Planning Your Garden for Success: Success starts with good planning including site selection.

Feb. 1: Small Fruits, Big Harvests. Strawberries, cane berries, blueberries and other small fruit.

Feb. 15: Growing Heirloom Vegetables. Flavor and adaptation make heirlooms a good choice.

March 1: Growing Tree Fruit. Variety selection, care and management best practices.

March 22: Seed Starting & Growing Transplants. Save money and raise the varieties that do best here.

March 29: Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators. Learn who’s who and how to attract the good guys.

April 12: Weeding and Watering. Get smart about weeds and water; save time, harvest more.

April 26: Growing the Heat Lovers in the Chilly NW. Learn the tricks to growing ripe tomatoes, peppers and melons.

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