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.
Wildlife habitat: If you can’t have your friends and family over for a visit, invite the local wildlife instead! The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Landscaping for Wildlife: Creating Habitat for Beneficial Animals & Insects” webinar from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 20 via Zoom. The webinar will teach you how to make your yard more welcoming to Pacific Northwest critters, including pollinators and birds. Creating a safe space for these animals and insects supports the ecosystem and adds an exciting element of nature to your landscape. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Register for the webinar at snohomishcd.org.
Youth Art Contest: Snohomish Conservation District welcomes youth in Snohomish County and Camano Island to submit entries into its fourth annual Youth Art Contest tied to its 36th annual Native Plant Sale. Details and resources can be found on at snohomishcd.org/art-contest. The theme is “nature journaling” and the deadline to enter is Feb. 24. Email email@example.com or call 425-335-3634 with questions.
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 “Clematis — Selection and Design with the Queen of Vines” with Marilyn Glenn on March 5. 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.
Growing Groceries Education Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation presents the Growing Groceries Education Series runs through May 19. Up next is “Raising Strawberries and Cane Berries” with Tom Walters on Feb. 24. 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.
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.
Meet the dirt experts: The Snohomish Garden Club presents “Dirt” at 7 p.m. March 8 via Zoom. David Montgomery and Anne Bikle, authors of the books “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health” and “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” will speak about dirt health and what we don’t see that’s going on underneath the soil. Lecture is free for members; $15 for non-members. More at www.snohomishgardenclub.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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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