Winter Speaker Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation annual series features Northwest garden personalities Friday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30. Lectures are held in the Social Hall of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St. SW. Sessions are $20 at the door. Go to www.gardenlectures.com for a complete listing of dates, speakers, topics and how to register. Up next: March 10: Bill Thorness “Cool Season Gardening.” Other upcoming speakers: March 17: Bess Bronstein, “How to Successfully Prune Any Shrub.” March 31: Dan Hinkley, “Heronswood: Past, Present and Future.” April 7: Jennifer Hahn, “Pacific Feast: Where the Wild Things are Delicious.”
Garden tales: Bring your gardening stories, episodes and questions to share at “Garden Talk” by Monroe Garden Club, noon March 13, Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S. Lewis St. Call 360-863-6160 for more information.
Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts public presentations the third Wednesday of the month. “Identifying the Birds in your Backyard and Beyond,” 7 p.m. March 15, Joe Meche, writer/photographer and past president of the North Cascades Audubon Society in Bellingham, will present a virtual tour of the island, focusing on its natural beauty and some of the birds that can be found during different times of the year. For more, call 360-387-2236, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the birds: Pilchuck Audubon Society presents “Birds in our Midst, Creating Gardens Filled with Life” by Julie O’Donald and Jim Clark, 7 to 8:30 p.m. March 10, Everett Firefighter’s Hall, 2411 Hewitt Ave. Overview of the elements that create beautiful gardens for birds and people. Best native plants for birds and design features that create habitat will be emphasized. Jed Holmes will close the talks with an overview on the society’s project getting backyard habitats registered for homes in Everett/northern Snohomish County. Val Schroeder will bring a display about the Camano Island program. Sylvia Kawabata will have a poster or display to share about what is happening in the Mukilteo area. More at www.pilchuckaudubon.org.
Island life: “Living on an Island: Camano 101 Open House,” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 11, Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Are you new to Camano Island or want to learn more about where you live? Learn about our public beaches, parks and trails, shellfish, native plants, living with septic tanks and wells, nature and wildlife, noxious weeds, recycling/waste reduction, conserving land and more. Connect with volunteer groups. Door prizes and refreshments provided. Sponsored by Snohomish Conservation District and WSU Island County Extension. More at email@example.com/425-377-7024 or firstname.lastname@example.org/360-678-8239.
March Mania Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 11, Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. Sale features many specialty nurseries/growers that are generally not open to the public.
Books: Friends of the Arlington Library is hosting a lobby book sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 14 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 15, 135 N. Washington Ave. Theme and door prize is gardening. Proceeds support the Arlington Library.
Tomatoes: 10 a.m. to noon March 18, Coldwell Bank Bain, 108 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds, by Edmonds Floretum. “Growing Tomatoes in the Pacific Northwest” by Jeff Thompson, who has grown tomatoes since age 8, started over 40,000 plants and grown more than 350 varieties. Free, with donations welcome. More at www.edmondsfloretumgardenclub.org.
Let it rain gardens: The city of Everett offers $2,500 rebates to qualified homeowners who install approved rain gardens as part of the city’s “Let it Rain” program that promotes reducing stormwater runoff, flooding and surface water pollution. Attend a one-hour workshop to learn about the program and request a site assessment of your property. Workshops are free and no registration is required: Dates are 10 a.m. March 18, Everett Public Works, 3200 Cedar St.; and 7 p.m. March 23, Eisenhower Middle School, 10200 25th Ave. SE. More at www.everettwa.gov/raingardens.
Plant trees: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 18, Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center, 7353 175th St. Volunteers needed to plant 400 trees and shrubs that will be used to restore natural streamside vegetation benefiting salmon. Go across Swamp Creek by canoe. Team up with the Adopt A Stream Foundation, the Sno-King Watershed Council and the city of Kenmore. Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board funds were used to purchase the trees and shrubs and to prepare the Swamp Creek streamside area for planting. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26, volunteers are needed to plant 600 trees by Olaf Strad Creek at Marysville’s Strawberry Fields Park, 6100 152nd St. NE, Marysville. More at www.streamkeeper.org.
Birding hotspots: Tour of Camano and Stanwood birding hotspots, 9 a.m. to noon March 19. Destinations might change because of weather or notable bird activity, but past expeditions have been to English Boom Historical Park, Iverson Beach Preserve and Eide Road. Meet at Terry’s Corner park-and-ride, 860 N. Sunrise, behind Camano Island Coffee Roasters to stage in carpools and get directions. Dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, bring binoculars or scopes. No dogs allowed on the guided walk. Tour will take place rain or shine; no reservations required. Part of a public education series hosted by the Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks. For updated information on destinations and specific bird targets for the day, visit www.camanowildlifehabitat.org, call 360-387-7024 or email email@example.com.
Good seeds: “The Triumph of Seeds” by Thor Hanson, award-winning author and conservation biologist, is 1 p.m. March 26, Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. Hosted by Northwest Perennial Alliance. Hanson’s presentation weaves science and culture to show how these common wonders shape our world and touch our lives every day. Doors open at noon for Far Reaches Farm plant sale and book signing by Hanson. NPA members $5, non-members $20. More at www.northwestperennialalliance.org.
Centennial Farms: Have a farm that’s 100? Owners of farms that have been under one family’s ownership and operated continuously for 100 years will be honored by Snohomish County at the Evergreen State Fair in August. Applications accepted until June 1. For more, call 425-388-7170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monroe Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or a college student pursuing a degree in some aspect of horticulture at an accredited college or trade school. Studies may include forestry, botany, landscaping, floral design, etc. Applicants must reside in or within about 20 miles of Monroe. Deadline for application is May 1. For more information or to request an application packet, call 360-217-8417.
Arlington Garden Club is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior who plans to attend an accredited university or college in Washington during the 2017-18 academic year. Applicants are required to be enrolled full time (12 or more credits) in a program related to one of the following: horticulture, agriculture, forestry, husbandry or environmental science. Eligible high schools are Arlington, Darrington, Lakewood, Lake Stevens or Stanwood. The application is at www.arlingtongardenclub.org or by request at Arlington Garden Club, 526 N. West Ave., PMB 55, Arlington. Deadline for submission is May 1.
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 at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Cost is $20 per class. Register online at growinggroceries.eventbrite.com. For more, go to snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries, call 425-357-6024 or email email@example.com. March 22: “Seed Starting &Growing Transplants.” Save money and raise the varieties that do best here.
Evergreen Arboretum Classes: Evergreen Arboretum monthly classes. Most classes are free. The arboretum is in American Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com or by calling 425-257-8597. March 18: “Rediscover Rhododendrons,” noon to 1 p.m. Trevor Cameron, Sunnyside Nursery manager and Arboretum president. Class will include planting, care, fertilization, pruning and pests/diseases for azaleas and rhododendrons. Live demonstration with planting of new specimens in the arboretum. Meet at the front entrance to the arboretum.