Upcoming gardening events around Snohomish County

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:37pm
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Classes and talks

Pollinate: Learn how pollination with the help of insects can boost your gardening success. 7 p.m. March 31, Rosehill Community Center, 304 Lincoln Ave., Mukilteo. Presentation by Eric Lee-Mäder, Pollinator Conservation Program co-director at the Xerces Society. Free. More info: mukilteowildlife.org.

Last call: “Wildlife-Friendly Gardening for Beauty and Sustainability” by Emily Bishton, is 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. April 1, Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo. This is the final lecture in the Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series. Tickets are $20 at the door on a first come/first served basis. More at www.gardenlectures.com.

Stormwater: Want to control stormwater runoff on your property? Consider installing a rain garden and get a $2,500 rebate from the city of Everett. To learn more, attend an informational workshop on March 24, March 29 or April 2. For workshop times and locations, go to everettwa.gov/raingardens.

BFF bugs: “Our Insect Friends and Foes in the Vegetable Garden” talk by Diane Decker-Ihle, 7 p.m. April 11, Snohomish Garden Club, Snohomish Senior Center, 506 Fourth St.

Garden variety

Flower power: Tulips are starting to bloom for the Skagit County Tulip Festival. Keep track of blooms at www.tulips.com/bloommap or call the La Conner Visitor Center at 360-466-778 for updates.

Green thumbs: Garden of Hope, a new community garden behind Snohomish Church of the Nazarene, 1017 13th St., is slated to open May 9. It will be a place for people to learn healthy dietary habits and grow fresh produce. Growers are asked to give 10 percent of all produce to the local food bank. Garden beds will rent for $35 for the season, plus a $15 refundable clean-up deposit. Reserve a raised bed by emailing garden@snonaz.org.

“Oak Leaf” fundraiser: Put your message on a stainless steel leaf to help finish the South Arboretum Plan, Evergreen Arboretum in Everett’s Legion Park. Leaves will be embedded in a wall to be created at the entrance to the south area. Messages can be up to three lines, with 25 characters and spaces per line. Cost: $250 donation. Leaves can be ordered until March 31, online at www.evergreenarboretum.com. Call 425-257-8597 for more information.

Scholarships &Awards

Floretum Garden Club has a $1,500 scholarship for a high school graduate, community college student or an individual planning a career in a horticultural field. The recipient may attend any college, technical school or university in Washington. For application form and more information, contact chairperson Joyce Johnson at JoyceJohnson310@comcast.net. Deadline is May 9.

Monroe Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a high school senior or a college student pursuing a career in some aspect of horticulture at an accredited college or trade school. Studies may include forestry, botany, landscaping, floral design, etc. Applicants must reside in or within approximately 20 miles of Monroe. Deadline for application is May 1. For more information or an application, call 360-217-8417.

Mukilteo Way Garden Club is offering a $1,000 Scholarship for horticulture studies at Edmonds Community College. Current EdCC students, high school students and adult learners are eligible. Application and details are available at www.mwgc.org or by request at PO Box 1361, Mukilteo, WA 98275. Application deadline is May 31.

Evergreen Awards: Mountlake Terrace is accepting nominations for its annual Evergreen Awards, which recognize property owners who take great care of their properties. Nomination forms are at www.cityofmlt.com and at city facilities. Accepted through May 28.


“Growing Groceries Education Series“: Classes on growing your own food. Classes are 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, inside McCollum Park.

April 6: Seed Starting &Growing Transplants. Save money and raise the varieties that do best here.

April 20: Weeding and Watering. Get smart about weeds and water; save time, harvest more.

April 27: Growing the Heat Lovers in the Chilly NW. Learn the tricks to growing ripe tomatoes, peppers and melons.

Register online at GrowingGroceries.BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information visit snohomish.wsu.edu/growing-groceries, call Kate Halstead at 425-357-6024 or email khalstead@wsu.edu.

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