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Learn about the best native plants for the climate crisis, then go buy them at a local plant sale.

  • Thursday, May 5, 2022 1:30am
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Native plants for a changing climate

As our summers become hotter and drier and winters become wetter and colder, how do we choose plants most likely to survive in our gardens? The next meeting of the Snohomish Garden Club will go over the most readily available native plants for your garden, their values to wildlife and pollinators and their tolerance for extreme weather events. The club also will talk about sources for buying native plants and a bit about how to propagate them on your own.

The guest speaker will be Brenda Cunningham, manager of a native plant display garden for the Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. She is a retired biologist, having worked for Skagit Land Trust, the National Park Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The display garden’s purpose is to help homeowners see how they can incorporate more native plants into their home landscapes.

The meet is set for 7 p.m. May 9 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th St., Snohomish. Cost os $15 for non-members. Register online at snohomishgardenclub.com.

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale returns

The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s Annual Plant Sale is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 7 in the three parking lots that surround the WSU Snohomish County Extension offices, 600 128th St. SE, at the south end of McCollum Park in south Everett.

Choose from a large assortment of tomato plants, herb and veggie starts. Find your favorite perennials, shade plants, hostas, dahlias and bog plants, most of which have been raised, divided and potted by Master Gardeners.

All proceeds benefit the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, whose mission is to support the WSU-Snohomish County Master Gardener Program.

For more information call the Master Gardener Hotline at 425-357-6010 or go to www.snomgf.org/plant-sale.html.

Monroe Garden Club

After a two-year break, the Monroe Garden Club’s plant sale will return May 7.

The sale is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Payment can be made by cash or check — no cards.

Arlington Garden Club

The Arlington Garden Club will hold its Annual Plant Sale on the Plaza outside City Hall on Olympic Avenue in Arlington.

The sale is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7.

Club members have been busy for months digging up, dividing and potting plants, shrubs, and trees. Also, a few members have been starting desirable plants and vegetables from seed, and they will be ready for the garden.

Depending on how much the club has raised, one or two scholarships a year are given to a graduating local area high school senior who is pursuing a degree in an agriculture- or environment-related field, at a Washington state school. Donations also are made to participating local high school FFA programs, and the WSU Extension, Agriculture and Horticultural departments as well as to the City of Arlington and the Evergreen Arboretum.

This year, club members also are painting rocks with the colors of the Ukrainian flag and painting a heart in the middle. The club is asking for donations for the children of Ukraine who are in Poland. All money received will be given to UNICEF, and in return for your donation you will receive a rock for your garden.

Workshop covers plant combos

Garden designer and writer Nita-Jo Rountree will lead a program, “Perfect Plant Combos for Every Garden,” at 2 p.m. May 22 at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The program can be attended in person at the library or online at www.crowdcast.io/e/plantcombos.

Rountree will help gardeners learn how to easily combine plantings in borders and containers to get a picture-perfect look. The program is free and open to all.

Both in-person and online attendees need to sign up at www.crowdcast.io/e/plantcombos.

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