Skunk cabbage, also known as a swamp lantern, emerges from the wetlands of the Northwest Stream Center in Everett. The Adopt A Stream Foundation is presenting their annual Swamp Lantern Festival through April 30 to give visitors a chance to see the plants in full bloom. (Ian Terry / Herald file)

Skunk cabbage, also known as a swamp lantern, emerges from the wetlands of the Northwest Stream Center in Everett. The Adopt A Stream Foundation is presenting their annual Swamp Lantern Festival through April 30 to give visitors a chance to see the plants in full bloom. (Ian Terry / Herald file)

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.

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

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 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 with questions. More at

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 to register for free.

Pastures and parasites: The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Sound Horsekeeping: Pastures and Parasites” webinar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 13 via Zoom. Learn about caring for your pasture and your horse at the same time. Dr. Dana Westerman of Professional Equine Therapeutic Services and Snohomish Conservation District’s own Michael Hipp will go over best management practices for pastures and parasites that can negatively impact your horse, among other helpful information to keep your horse and land healthy. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Register at

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. More at

Livestock talk: The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Livestock: A Community Discussion Tied to Climate Change” webinar from 7 to 8:15 p.m. June 2 via Zoom. The webinar will include an introduction to Project Drawdown and information about how livestock management can help fight climate change. The district hopes to learn from you as much as it can provide resources and ideas for where you live. This is the third of five scheduled “Community of Carbon Crushers” discussions tied to climate change. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Register at

Tour the arboretum: Still playing it safe? You can tour the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens virtually. Go to 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

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, or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at


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 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 for more information. Deadline to apply is May 10.

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