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Great Plant Pick: Aster x frikartii “Jungfrau,” Frikart’s aster

Frikart’s aster has an extraordinarily long bloom period, from late July into early October.

 

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 25th annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights…

 

A gardener pauses to reflect and be thankful for what he has

Steve Smith pays tribute to the resilience of nature after a fire burned half his back yard landscape.

 

Great Plant Pick: Blechnum penna-marina, alpine water fern

The evergreen fern’s new fronds emerge in the spring copper red and gradually fade to rich green.

Poster shows an early version of the Cracker Jack sailor boy

A Cracker Jack Collectors Association formed because the toys — especially the baseball cards — are very popular.

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Bellevue Botanical Garden: The garden’s 25th annual winter wonderland called Garden d’Lights is displayed 4:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 through Dec. 31, 12001 Main… Continue reading

Great Plant Pick: x Fatshedera lizei, fatshedera

This “botanical wonder” is a rare hybrid between Fatsia japonica and Hedera helix (English ivy).

Marble busts made by Houdon were exhibited in Paris in 1789

The pair were “lost” for 10 years because an appraiser didn’t realize they were by the famous sculptor.

Bill and JJ Leese stand in the living room of their home on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The well traveled couple’s house will be part of the Holiday Home Tour in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

See a globetrotting Everett couple’s international treasure

The annual Holiday Home Tour features an Everett residence that’s filled with collectibles from 49 countries

Bill and JJ Leese stand in the living room of their home on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 in Everett, Wash. The well traveled couple’s house will be part of the Holiday Home Tour in Everett. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

When picking out a Christmas tree, should you go real or fake?

Unless you’re allergic, go for a living noble, Fraser or Douglas fir. The trees have a host of benefits.

5 gifts a professional organizer says you should never give

If you’re considering one of the following items as a gift this year, stop and think again.

Great Plant Pick: Molinia caerulea ssp. caerulea ‘Variegata’

This variegated purple moor grass works well in mass plantings or as a specimen in your garden.

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Whidbey Island Harvest Festival: The festival continue through Oct. 6 at the Island County Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave., Langley. New to Whidbey Island Grown Week,… Continue reading

When somebody pays big money for something that’s useless

Antiques made of iron, even clown’s heads like this one, have long been coveted by collectors.

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Dwarf conifers: 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 21, Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Robert Fincham will talk about conifers that stay reliably… Continue reading

A list of garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; 425-771-7670; mkboley@comcast.net. American Rhododendron Society: Pilchuck Chapter, Red Barn, Jennings Park, 6915 Armar… Continue reading

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Historic Everett Home Tour: The tour is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 14 and features six historic homes. Check-in for the tour starts at… Continue reading

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Plant sale: Arboretum Foundation’s Fall Plant Sale is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Graham Visitors Center in the Washington Park… Continue reading

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