The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project will host a presentation on “Gardening for Pollinators and Birds,” April 15 on Camano Island. (Mike Benbow)

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project will host a presentation on “Gardening for Pollinators and Birds,” April 15 on Camano Island. (Mike Benbow)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Events listed here are scheduled to happen after March 31, when the shutdown of entertainment venues is slated to end. Check with each venue for the latest information.

Swamp Lantern Festival: The Northwest Stream Center’s festival, running through the end of April, celebrates the coming of spring outdoors. There will be an expanse of the Pacific Northwest’s first spring flowers, including skunk cabbage (also known as swamp lantern), mock orange nicco and Indian plum. Admission is $7 for adults over 18, $6 for seniors, $5 for students and $3 for EBT cardholders. Children younger than 5 and Adopt a Stream Foundation members have free entry. The center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. Reservations are required. Call 425-316-8592 or go to

Green Everett: The next Green Everett Partnership work party is from 9 a.m. to noon April 4 at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd. Help improve Everett’s parks and natural areas by removing invasive species, planting trees and maintaining plants. The Green Everett Partnership is a collaboration between the city parks department and Forterra, formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy. Call 425-238-0065 or go to

Birds and bees: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “Gardening for Pollinators and Birds,” is set for 7 p.m. April 15 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Brenda Cunningham of the Washington Native Plant Society and Bob Gillsepie, a retired entomology professor from Wenatchee Valley College, will lead the presentation. Call 360-387-2236 or go to

Celebrate the Earth: Celebrate Earth Day from 2 to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Plant summer-flowering bulbs in the arboretum and in return take home a few summer-flowering bulbs to plant in your garden. Tools and bulbs provided. All ages are welcome. Meet at the arboretum front entrance. Free. More at

Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters: The Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters hosts speaker Darlene Girton at its April 21 meeting. Girton’s presentation “The Featherweight Doctor” will share the history and the mystery of the Singer Featherweight sewing machine. Monthly meetings feature a guest speaker, trunk show or charity event and are held at 6:45 p.m. on the third Tuesday at the Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Non-members are welcome. Email for more information. More at

Bloom’n Plant Sale: Stanwood High School’s annual plant sale will be held every Wednesday through Saturday from April 22 through May 9 at the greenhouse, 7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood. Hours will be 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Annuals, perennials, vegetable starts, herbs and baskets will be available for sale. Call 360-629-1329.

Repair Cafe: Have broken stuff laying around your home or garage? Bring it to the Repair Cafe, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25, WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Education Center, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Repair Cafes are all about fixing stuff instead of throwing those items into the landfill. Snohomish County residents are encouraged to bring in their beloved broken items to get repair help from local repair specialists — for free. Repairable items might include a broken lamp, ripped jeans that need stitching, a vase that needs gluing or a vacuum belt that needs replacing. Hosted by Washington State University Snohomish County Extension’s Sustainable Community Stewards. Registration is recommended so that you know what parts to bring with you. Walk-ins are welcome. More at

Plant Sale and Bake Sale: Camano Animal Shelter Association is hosting the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 9 at the Island County Multi-Purpose Center, 141 East Camano Drive, Camano Island. Along with a wide selection of indoor and outdoor plants, there will be a bake sale featuring breads, cakes, pies and other baked goods. There will also be hot dogs, beverages, water and free coffee. All proceeds benefit the abandoned and surrendered dogs, cats and other small household pets at the CASA shelter. Call 360-387-9311 or go to

Canning basics: The Preserve the Harvest series through the WSU Snohomish County Extension has four classes. The “Basics of Safe Canning” class will be May 28 and June 3. Learn the basics of food safety and canning skills, including bacteria and food spoilage, canning equipment, and canning high/low acid foods. Other classes in the series: “Jams, Jellies and Spreads,” June 25 and July 1; “Pickling and Fermenting,” July 23 and 29; “Tomatoes, Salsa & Relish,” Aug. 6 and 12. Cost is $20 per class, or register for all four classes by May 27 for $60. Register at All classes are held 6:30 to 9 p.m. at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Evergreen Room in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. Call 425-357-6024.

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

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