Some events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Events may be canceled or postponed. Check with each venue for the latest information.
Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “Camano Island Trees in Decline” is set for 7 p.m. Sept. 16 via Zoom. Kevin Zobrist, associate professor of forestry at Washington State University and author of “Native Trees of Western Washington,” will lead the presentation. He will talk about what’s happening with the widespread die-out of conifers in Island County. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Put your garden to bed: Master gardener John Marsh will present “Putting Your Garden to Bed” 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Marsh will explain what you need to do this fall to get your garden ready for winter. He will go over perennials, shrubs, soil improvement, mulching and more. Meet at in horticultural classroom No. 105. Free for members, $10 for non-members. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com.
Tour the arboretum: Still playing it safe? You can tour the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens virtually. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com and click on the Virtual Tour tab. View dozens of photos of the sculpture garden, rock garden, Japanese maple grove, conifer garden, small urban tree walk and more. Or tour the gardens by appointment in groups no larger than five. Plan you tour one month in advance and make an appointment by calling 425-257-8597 or emailing email@example.com.
Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call, email or set up a web conference with a master gardener. Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 425-357-6010, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.
Grass alternatives: Tired of mowing the lawn? The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Alternatives to Lawn” webinar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14 via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Stop the battle against moss by discovering some alternatives to lawn. Whether you’re a renter or an owner, you will learn about eco-friendly ideas to keep your lawn area healthy. Register for the webinar at snohomishcd.org/events-workshops/2020/9/1/alternatives-to-lawn-webinar.
Blooming bulbs: Bulbs slumber well under Pacific Northwest soil before bursting through with color when the weather warms. Master gardeners will present “Beyond Daffodils” 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Learn about a variety of spring-blooming bulbs and how to care for them. Stay to help plant bulbs after class in the arboretum. Additional specialty bulbs will be available for sale. Meet at in horticultural classroom No. 105. Free for members, $10 for non-members. More at www.evergreenarboretum.com.
Bulb Fest: The bulb-planting festival is 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 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.
Rain garden tour: Make a date to go on a self-guided rain garden tour in Everett, followed by a Q&A on these alternatives to lawn that filter stormwater. The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Everett Rain Gardens Q&A” webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 21 via Zoom. A Zoom link and a map of historic rain gardens in north Everett will be emailed to you with registration. These gardens do all the work in your yard by collecting, absorbing and filtering the rain that runs off your roof. Register for the webinar at snohomishcd.org/events-workshops/2020/10/21/everett-rain-garden-qampa-2020.