Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Tour-worthy gardens: The Mill Creek Garden Club is looking for gardens to include on next year’s tour. The gardens don’t have to be within the Mill Creek city limits. If interested, contact the garden club by Aug. 31. Apply at the organization’s website, millcreekgardenclub.com; hover over Garden Tour in the upper-left corner, then click on Garden Tour Application.

Buzz buzz. “Bees & Botany” is a hands-on science and art program designed for parents and preschoolers 3 to 5 years old. Children can develop science and art skills while learning more about bees and botany. The class is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 20. Meet in Horticultural Classroom 105 at Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Register at www.imaginecm.org/bees-and-botany.

Everett Dahlia Show: Colorful display of more than 2,500 dahlias, 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 17, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18, Floral Hall at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Free. Prizes awarded to winning entries. Vote for your favorites. More at www.everettwa.org/632.

Fun with fronds: Judith Jones, owner of Fancy Fronds Nursery in Gold Bar, will teach a class on temperate fronds from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Everett Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Jones will give a classroom presentation, followed by a hands-on planting demonstration in the arboretum’s Woodland Shade Garden. Ferns for sale at the class. Meet in Horticultural Classroom 105. Free for members, $10 for non-members. RSVP by calling 425-257-8597. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com.

Butterfly gardens: 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive. Be part of the garden connection to keep butterflies in our neighborhoods. See 18 species of butterflies found in the Puget Sound lowlands. Learn the best native flowering shrubs and wildflowers for attracting butterflies. Julie O’Donald, a master gardener with more than 30 years experience creating wildlife-friendly gardens, will cover practices that help butterflies survive throughout the year and in all stages of their life cycle. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Historic Everett Home Tour: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14. Check-in for the tour starts at the Van Valley House, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $20 and available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4320993.

Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call 425-357-6010 to talk to a master gardener or visit Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, April through September, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, October through March. More at www.extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.

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