The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation presents a class on “Raising Apple and Pear Trees in Western Washington” Jan. 27 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation presents a class on “Raising Apple and Pear Trees in Western Washington” Jan. 27 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

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.

Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation’s annual Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series runs through April 9. Up next is Karen Chapman on “Deer Resistant Design” on Jan. 22. All classes are Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $20 per class. Call 425-357-6010 or go to www.gardenlectures.com for more information.

Native plants: Did you know you can plant a landscape that has visual interest year-round, provides a home for wildlife and minimizes water, fertilizer and pesticide use? The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Landscaping with Native Plants” webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 23 via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. This class will provide information on choosing the best native plants for your needs, as well as techniques for planting, composting and mulching that will help your landscape thrive. Register for the webinar at snohomishcd.org.

Growing Groceries Education Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation presents the Growing Groceries Education Series runs through May 19. Up next is Travis Alexander on “Raising Apple and Pear Trees in Western Washington” Jan. 27. All classes are Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $5 per class. Go to extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/event/gg1 for more information.

Country Living Expo: Hear from Washington State University researchers and Pacific Northwest farmers and artisans at the Virtual Country Living Expo and Cattlemen’s Winterschool from Jan. 29-31 via Zoom. The annual event offers education and networking opportunities for farmers, livestock producers, entrepreneurs, gardeners, orchardists, home canners and artisans. Learn about innovations and best practices in 80 classes in topics ranging from livestock, poultry and bees to pouring a cement slab, welding and spinning yarn. Admission is $55 adults or $10 for students. Registration includes a free showing of the film “Kiss the Ground” on regenerative agriculture. More at extension.wsu.edu/skagit/countrylivingexpo.

Pre-order plants: Pre-orders are now open for the Snohomish Conservation District’s annual plant sale. Orders must be placed at www.theplantsale.org by Feb. 9. Drive-thru the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th Ave SE, Monroe, to pick up your plants. When you place an order, you’ll be asked to select a pick-up time. Available times are 9 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28. Email scdplantsale@snohomishcd.org or call 425-335-3634 for more information.

The Promise of Spring: The Northwest Perennial Alliance has organized an event to help you get ready for gardening from 1 to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 via Zoom. The event will include a slideshow on the highlights of NPA member 2020 garden tours. The event is free to NPA members and $15 for nonmembers. A Zoom link will be emailed with registration. Call 425-647-6004. Go to www.northwestperennialalliance.org for more information.

Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Most of this year’s Whidbey Gardening Workshop, scheduled for March 6 and 7, will be available online. More than 25 classes and seven field trips explore garden basics, garden design, maintenance and sustainability, ornamentals, fruits and vegetables. A pop-up marketplace will be held at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. The keynote speaker is Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle. The workshop costs $55; each field trip costs $20. More at www.whidbeygardening.org.

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 contactus@evergreenarboretum.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 snocomg@gmail.com, or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.

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