Nuts and bolts Sustainable gardening classes begin Friday

  • Wednesday, January 6, 2010 10:13pm
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The Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation’s Sustainable Gardening lecture series begins Friday.

Sessions will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. every other Friday in the social hall of Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4515 84th St. SW, Mukilteo.

Jan. 8: Ed Hume, “Vegetables: Start to Finish.”

Jan. 22: Russell Link, “Gardening on the Wing: Bats, Bees, Birds and Butterflies.”

Feb. 5: Pat Carey, “Green Roof: Beyond Storm Water.”

Feb. 19: Carrie Becker, “Perennials: Gardening in Four-Layer Combinations: How to Put It All Together.”

March 5: Greg Butler, “Landscape Renovation: The Green Side Goes Up.”

March 19: Ciscoe Morris, “Ciscoe: In the Garden.”

April 2: Dan Hinkley, “The Dry Lush: Gardening Dry and Exuberantly in the Pacific Northwest.”

April 16: Marianne Binetti, “Global Gardening: The Best Ideas From Around the World to Save Water, Time and Money in the Garden.”

You can pay $85 for the entire series at the door or $20 per session. Reservations for individual sessions, however, will not be accepted.

Call 425-357-6010 with questions.

Get dibs: The Snohomish Conservation District is now accepting advance orders for its 25th annual conservation plant sale.

Advance orders can be picked up at the retail sale on March 5 and 6 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

Native trees, shrubs, ferns and groundcovers priced at about $1 each are typically sold as small plugs or in 4-inch pots.

More than 40 varieties come in sets of 5, 10, 50 and 200, depending on the plant.

Customers can order five 1-foot-tall vine maples for $6.50; 50 1-foot-tall Douglas firs for $52.50; 10 kinnikinnick plugs cost $20.50.

See a brochure with descriptions and best uses for each plant at plant-sale.

Call 425-335-5634, ext. 108, for more information

Don’t be stumped: What is a stumpery?

Pat Riehl, a former Northwest Horticultural Society president and the owner of a stumpery on Vashon Island, will discuss using upturned stumps in the garden on Jan. 13 at the Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st, Seattle.

Riehl, whose garden contains more than 150 stumps and more than 1,000 planted ferns, will explain the construction process.

A reception will start at 6:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 7:15 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Go to the Web site,, or call 206-527-1794 for more information.

Live it up: The 2010 Country Living Expo &Cattlemen’s Winterschool — an event designed for farmers, urban gardeners and the general public — will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 30 at Stanwood High School, 7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood.

More than 135 classes will be offered as part of the daylong event. Topics include maintaining fruit trees, growing vegetables, building a greenhouses, wetland restoration using native plants, welding, spinning, weaving, soap and cheese making, canning and honey bees, plus classes on how to raise cattle, sheep, swine, goats and horses.

Registration costs $55 and includes a continental breakfast, five class sessions, a smoked prime rib lunch and an all-day trade show.

Early registration is encouraged. Go online to or call 360-428-4270, ext. 0 to request a brochure ro more information.

Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037,

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