Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

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 by calling 425-257-8597. Free to members, $10 for non-members. Join online or day of class. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com/classes.asp.

DIY bench: Make your own bench in a class from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, at Miniatures & More, 610 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds. The garden bench class will include a garden bench kit by NPC Unlimited. Cost is $50. Call 425-835-0541.

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 snomgf.org/garage-sale.html.

Monte Cristo awards: An event to celebrate neighborhood pride and honor local homeowners and business owners for their efforts to beautify Everett is scheduled is scheduled for Oct. 10 at the Historic Everett Theatre, 2911 Colby Ave. Everett. The 25th annual Monte Cristo awards ceremony begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m. Awards are given in four categories: neighborhood-friendly business, pride of the neighborhood, rejuvenation and transformation, and the new green gardening category, which recognizes beautiful properties that have environmentally-friendly landscaping. The coveted Marian Krell Award, which recognizes superior care on an ongoing basis by a prior Monte Cristo award winner will also be awarded. More at everettwa.gov/montecristo.

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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