Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Sky Valley Farm Festival: The festival is 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 12 at River’s End Cattle Ranch, 16603 275th Ave., Monroe, and Groeneveld Dairy Farm, 29524 Fern Bluff Road, Monroe. 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.

Fiber Fusion Northwest: The festival is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave. SE, Monroe. Features a live fiber animal exhibit, a fiber arts show, a spin-in event, free demonstrations and a variety of classes, as well as a fleece show and sale. More at fiberfusion.net.

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.

Pruning fruit trees: The Snohomish County Fruit Society is hosting a presentation on “Pruning Your Fruit Tree” on Nov. 14 at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club, 402 Second St., Snohomish. Ingela Wanerstrand, owner of Green Darner Garden Design in Seattle, will give tips on pruning fruit trees at the society’s 7 p.m. meeting. Wanerstrand has 25 years of experience pruning fruit trees and teaches fruit growing classes at Edmonds Community College. More at snohomishcfs.wordpress.com.

Plants for winter pizazz: How do you create winter interest in your garden when all the leaves have fallen and the branches are bare? Find out how at a class from 1 to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 to learn from Trevor Cameron, general manager at Sunnyside Nursery, on what he recommends to create winter interest. Meet in horticultural classroom 105 at the garden center, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. The class is free to members, $10 for nonmembers. RSVP by calling 425-257-8597.

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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