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: A living roof offers wildlife habitat and protection of our natural resources. 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 21 via Zoom. Brenda Cunningham and Bob Gillespie of the Washington Native Plant Society will talk about various native plants that attract birds, bees and butterflies to the garden. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Call 360-387-2236 or go to www.camanowildlifehabitat.org.
Weeds and waterways: The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Managing Pests and Weeds Along Waterways” webinar from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 21 via Zoom. Learn about pesky problems that can be found along streams and waterways and why ignoring them can lead to bigger issues, including slope erosion and destabilization. Figure out ways to manage pests and/or weeds without using chemicals. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Register at snohomishcd.org.
Garden design: Stop fretting about what you haven’t done in your garden and learn tangible ways to start.The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Spring Garden Design” webinar from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 22 via Zoom. Gardening expert Emily Bishton will share ideas to take your lawn from yawn to great. Explore options for landscaping with native plants, growing your own food, stormwater runoff prevention and creating more backyard wildlife habitat. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Register 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 “Raising Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage and Kale Family” with Diane Decker-Ihle on April 21. All classes are Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. via Zoom. Cost is $5 per class. Go to extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/event/gg16 for more information.
Swamp Lantern Festival: The Northwest Stream Center’s festival, running through April 30, 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. Tuesdays through Sundays. Reservations are required. Call 425-316-8592 or go to www.streamkeeper.org.
Northwest Green Home Tour: Get inspired by projects in all shades of green. This free virtual tour showcases sustainable remodels, energy retrofits and green homes throughout the Pacific Northwest. The show is scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays — May 1, 8 and 15 — with different projects on each day. Learn about your choices for water conservation, indoor air quality, environmentally-friendly materials, energy saving and much more. Register at www.nwgreenhometour.org to custom design your tour.
Trees of Snohomish Walking Tour: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a guided walking tour featuring Snohomish’s heritage trees. Green Snohomish offers two tours starting promptly at 1 and 3 p.m. on May 9. The two-hour tour is free, though donations are appreciated. Stroll through the Snohomish Historic District with a knowledgeable guide leading the way. Meet at the Carnegie Building, 105 Cedar Ave., Snohomish. Sign ups open at 12:30 p.m. Limit 12 per group. Call 425-422-1306 or email email@example.com with questions. More at www.greensnohomish.org.
All about rhodies: The Evergreen Arbortetum & Gardens is hosting a “Rhododendrons 101” class at 6 p.m. May 12 via Zoom. A Zoom link to the class will be emailed with registration. Bob Zimmerman, owner of the Chimacum Woods Nursery in in Port Ludlow, will go over the basics of growing rhodies in your garden. A rhododendron specialist, Zimmermann has been growing the flowering shrubs for more than 50 years. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to register for free.
Arlington Garden Club: After a year of no meetings and no fundraisers, the Arlington Garden Club is holding a plant sale. Members donate their perennials, annuals, vegetables, shrubs, herbs and more.The club will accept donations for sales unless items are otherwise marked. Pay with cash, check or credit card. The plant sale is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 22 at the Gleneagle Country Club, 7619 E Country Club Drive.
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.
Arlington Garden Club: The Arlington Garden Club will be awarding their $2,500 annual scholarship to a 2021 graduating senior of Arlington, Darrington, Lakewood, Lake Stevens, Marysville Pilchuck or Stanwood high schools. Apply if you’ll be studying horticulture, agriculture, forestry, husbandry or environmental science at a Washington college or university. Download the application at www.arlingtongardenclub.org. Deadline is May 1.
Floretum Garden Club: Are you interested in horticulture, floral design, landscaping design, botany, forestry or a related field? The Floretum Garden Club of Edmonds is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a high school graduate or college student planning a career in horticulture. The scholarship can help pay for tuition in any college or university in Washington. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Deadline to apply is May 10.
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