Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Plant sale: Arboretum Foundation’s Fall Plant Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Graham Visitors Center in the Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E., Seattle. The sale will include trees, shrubs, rhododendrons, camellias, hydrangeas, palms, conifers and more. The tax-free plant purchases help raise revenue to support the Washington Park Arboretum. More at www.arboretumfoundation.org.

Fall Fecal Fest: Woodland Park Zoo’s Fall Fecal Fest continues through Sept. 8. Enter online to win a chance to purchase the highly coveted Zoo Doo, composed of species feces contributed by non-primate herbivores, such as rhinos, hippos, giraffes, mountain goats, tapirs and more. It’s known for helping vegetables and annuals grow. Zoo Doo is available by the gallon starting at 5 gallons up to a maximum of 100 gallons or by the truck load. Prices range from 5 gallons for $5 to 100 gallons for $50. Visit www.zoo.org/fecalfest for information. Or call 206-625-POOP.

Dwarf conifers: 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Robert Fincham will talk about conifers that stay reliably dwarf and are suitable for the smaller garden. These evergreens come in a wide range of colors, shapes and growth rates. The author will also have his conifer books for sale at this class. Meet in the Horticultural classroom 105. RSVP to 425-257-8597. Free to members, $10 for non-members. Join online or day of class. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com/classes.asp.

Historic Everett Home Tour: The tour is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 and features six historic homes. Check-in for the tour starts at the Van Valley House, 2130 Colby Ave., Everett. Tickets are $20 and available via Brown Paper Tickets. Call 425-293-2767 or go to www.historiceverett.org for more information.

Snohomish Historical Society Home Tour: A self-guided tour of (mostly) historic homes around Snohomish, noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 15. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors and children. Each ticket includes a tour map with directions to each showcased home. Tickets are available at McDaniel’s Do It Center, Joyworks and Annie’s On First in advance and at the Waltz Building the day of the tour. Call 360-568-5235 or go to www.snohomishhistoricalsociety.org for more.

Garden talks: Attend two lectures at this year’s Northwest Perennial Alliance event: “Designing a Dry Woodland Garden,” by Alanna Matteson, and “The Gardens at Sunnyside — 30 Years of Living Next to the Candy Store,” by Steve Smith. Doors open at noon for a plant sale, lectures are at 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Aaron Education Center at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Free for members; $15 for nonmembers. More at www.northwestperennialalliance.org.

Get batty: Learn all about bats and how they’re a gardener’s best friend at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive. Talk by Meg Lunnum, executive director and bat rehabilitator of Happy Valley Bats. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations on third Wednesdays. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Graceful grasses: A Northwest Perennial Alliance class on ornamental grasses by Daniel Mount is 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at the Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue. Class includes a tour of the garden to see these graceful beauties at their best. Limited space. Cost is $10 for members; $15 for non-members. Call 425-647-6004 or go to northwestperennialalliance.org for more information.

Garden Garage Sale: The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s biennial garage sale will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the WSU Extension Office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Garden-related items at the sale include books, garden art, birdhouses, pots and vases, stakes, wire cages, hoses, plants, tools, garden boots and gloves, spreaders and mowers. Cash only. Donations will be accepted 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 30 through Oct. 4. More at www.snomgf.org/garage-sale.html.

Monte Cristo Awards: Get inspired, cheer on your neighbors and enjoy an evening of neighborhood and city pride Oct. 10. Award categories are Green Gardening, for homeowners who have implemented natural or green gardening practices; Neighborhood Friendly Business, for overall visual quality from the street view; Pride of the Neighborhood, for homes and yards that consistently look their best; and Rejuvenation and Transformation, for residential properties that have been transformed by the owners to be a visual asset. The Marian Krell Award honors a prior Monte Cristo award recipient who has excelled in the maintenance of their property over several years’ time. More at https://everettwa.gov/340/Monte-Cristo-Awards.

Sky Valley Farm Festival: The festival is 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 on River’s End Cattle Ranch and Groeneveld Dairy Farm along Fern Bluff Road in Sultan. Features farm tours, wagon rides, horse rides, apple slingshot, roping lessons. Some activities have a fee. More at www.skyvalleychamber.com.

Buzz, buzz: Learn all about native bees and how to attract them to your garden at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive. Talk by Kathryn Lindsay, a Skagit County master gardener. The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations on third Wednesdays. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.

Bulb Fest: The bulb-planting festival is 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Free. Help to plant hundreds of spring-flowering bulbs in the arboretum and, as a thank you, take a bag of bulbs home to plant in your own garden. Tools, bulbs and snacks provided. All ages welcome. Meet at the arboretum front entrance. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com/classes.asp.

Get mushy: Snohomish County Mycological Society’s annual wild mushroom show is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Floral Hall in Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., Everett. The show features mushroom displays, kits, books and videos. Learn to distinguish more than 100 different species of wild mushrooms. Bring your own mushroom samples for identification. The event is free, with donations accepted. More at www.scmsfungi.org.

Everett Fall Home Show: The event promises hundreds of home improvement booths. It will be held Oct. 25-27 at Angel of the Winds Arena, 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Hours are noon to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $6 seniors. Kids get in for free. More at www.everettfallhomeshow.com.

Become a master: Applications for master gardener training classes in 2020 are now available. Learn to research, teach and mentor community gardeners and become an environmental steward. All training is open book and no memorization is expected. Training involves about 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week on Thursdays, Jan. 9 through March 26. Tuition is $295, plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $795. Call 425-338-2400 or go to tinyurl.com/y8srkp2y.

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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