It’s sign-up time for that great garden booster, Zoo Doo. Send in a postcard request by Sept. 19 to get some of Woodland Park Zoo’s Bedspread or Zoo Doo.
Submit one postcard per household to request a quantity of either spread. Amounts can be anything from a garbage bagful to a full-size pickup load.
Prices range from $4 to $6 per bag, depending on size; $8 to $10 for garbage can loads; and $35 to $60 for pickup loads.
Include your name, day and evening phone numbers, “Zoo Doo” or “Bedspread” type and quantity wanted on the postcard. Also supply a weekday or weekend time for picking it up.
Mail postcards to Dr. Doo, Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle, WA 98103.
For more information, call 206-625-7667 or go to www.zoo.org.
Fruit facts: The second-annual Summer Fruit Festival will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 Highway 436, Mount Vernon.
Visitors can attend workshops and lectures on how to grow a variety of fruits, including berries, apples, figs and kiwi.
They can also take specialized educational tours of the center’s 7-acre fruit garden and sample an array of fruit products. Beekeeping information will also be available.
Culinary experts will include Mount Vernon chef Margaret Horak, who will present “Cooking With Figs” at 1 p.m.
Admission is $15 per person or $30 per family. The Patty Pan Grill will sell food and beverages.
Community gardening: The Monroe Garden Club will feature a talk by Chapin Smith at 1 p.m. Sept. 13 as part of its regular meeting at Monroe United Methodist Church, 342 S. Lewis St., Monroe.
Smith will talk about how to build a successful community garden.
Members and guests are invited to bring donations of food or funds for the Sky Valley Food Bank. Call 360-793-1829 for more information.
Fall color fix: The Snohomish Garden Club will feature a talk by Annie Reiss of Skagit Gardens as part of its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St., Snohomish.
Reiss, a Mount Vernon native, has a degree in environmental horticulture as well as extensive gardening and landscaping experience in the Puget Sound region.
She will discuss new plants and fall color. Skagit Gardens is a large grower of wholesale annuals and perennials based in Mount Vernon.
See www.snohomish gardenclub.com or call 425-374-8622 for more information.