Home and garden

Mina and Tim Marcher in their backyard garden featuring a 30 foot waterfall, part of this year’s Mill Creek Garden Tour. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

These Camano and Mill Creek gardens will inspire you

Garden tours on June 23 will showcase outdoor spaces that were transformed into tranquil oases.

 

A number of reasons why dogwoods might have diminished blooms

Master gardener Jessica Damiano on Newsday’s staff answers your gardening questions.

 

Garden clubs in Snohomish and Island counties

Alderwood Garden Club: Cedar Valley Grange Hall, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood;…

 

Great Plant Pick: Cornus controversa ‘Variegata’

The variegated giant dogwood’s leaves makes it look like white frosting is spread over the branches.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Evergreen Arboretum: The arboretum’s Plant Sale & Raffle is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 16 on the tennis courts at Legion Memorial Park, 145… Continue reading

Hummingbirds will flock to this flowering plant all day

If you want a hummingbird and butterfly magnet in your garden, try planting perennial lobelias.

Antique sofa is completely covered with shells — not fabric

The furniture sold for $4,613, nearly twice its estimated worth, to a buyer who likes the ocean.

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

Great Plant Pick: Geum ‘Double Bloody Mary’

The slug-resistant “Double Bloody Mary” geum flowers from early summer to early fall.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Sorticulture: Everett’s Garden Arts Festival continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 9 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 at Legion Memorial Park,… Continue reading

Selling your home? Be sure to add these features and phrases

Here are the 10 amenities in your house that will fetch you a higher sales price.

Six things to do at home before summer-vacation mode sets in

This to-do list will give you a real sense of accomplishment as you close out the schoolyear.

Garden clubs in Snohomiosh 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

Great Plant Pick: Rosa ‘Golden Wings,’ yellow modern rose

“Golden Wings” is robust enough to support a small-growing clematis once it has been established.

Home and garden events around Snohomish County

Rose trip: Members of the Monroe Garden Club plan a field trip at noon June 11 to Donna Wylies’ rose garden, 22302 Highbridge Road, Monroe.… Continue reading

Ready, set, garden: Get most of your gardening done in June

This month’s gardener’s to-do list includes planting grass, pulling weeds and tending to roses.

Sorticulture: Get inspired at Everett’s garden arts festival

The 21st annual event features three days of garden art, music and fun in Legion Memorial Park.

Surfer toy has wheels that let it roll on an eccentric path

The girl’s one-piece yellow bathing suit suggests it was made a date in the late 1950s or ’60s.

Dig into these gorgeous books for gardening inspiration

A garden needs time, skill and toil to become something. To become great, it also requires passion.

Great Plant Pick: Polystichum polyblepharum, Japanese tassel fern

Japanese tassel fern combines well with asarums and Blue hostas like Hosta “Halcyon.”