Home and backyard events and tools round Snohomish County


Some events recorded here are determined by whether every jurisdiction is accepted to enter the corresponding stage of the governor’s four-phase reopening program. Events could be postponed or canceled. Check with every site for the newest information.

Growing Groceries Education Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation introduces the Growing Groceries Education Series runs through May 19. Up second is “Vegetables in Containers and Year-Round Salad Greens” with Diane Decker-Ihle and Lynn Riley on March 3. All courses are Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $5 per course. Go to extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/event/gg1 for more info.

Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation’s yearly Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series runs through April 9. Up second is “Clematis — Selection and Design with the Queen of Vines” with Marilyn Glenn on March 5. All classes are Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a. )m. via Zoom. Cost is $20 per class. Call 425-357-6010 or go to www.gardenlectures.com for more information.

Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Most of this year’s Whidbey Gardening Workshop, scheduled for March 6 and 7, will be available online. More than 25 courses and seven field trips explore garden basics, garden design, maintenance and sustainability, ornamentals, fruits and vegetables. A pop-up marketplace will be held at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank. The keynote speaker is Richie Steffen, executive director of the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden in Seattle. The workshop costs $55; each field trip costs $20. More at www.whidbeygardening.org.

Fruit-tree pruning: South Whidbey Tilth is offering the online workshop “Pruning for High Fruit Production” at 3 p.m. March 7 via Zoom. Instructor Gary Ingram spent nearly 20 years as a professional gardener and educator in and around Seattle, and has been pruning trees on Whidbey Island for many years. During this course, Ingram will show how-to videos recorded while pruning his own trees. Email [email protected]southwhidbeytilth.org to receive the Zoom link to the workshop. More at www.southwhidbeytilth.org.

Meet the dirt experts: The Snohomish Garden Club presents “Dirt” at 7 p.m. March 8 via Zoom. David Montgomery and Anne Bikle, authors of the books “The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health” and “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” will speak about dirt health and what we don’t see that’s going on underneath the soil. Lecture is free for members; $15 for non-members. More at www.snohomishgardenclub.com.

Grass alternatives: Tired of mowing the lawn? The Snohomish Conservation District is hosting a “Alternatives to Lawn” webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 10 via Zoom. A Zoom link will be emailed to you with registration. Stop the battle against moss by discovering some alternatives to lawn. Whether you’re a renter or an owner, you will learn about eco-friendly ideas to keep your lawn area healthy. Register for the webinar at snohomishcd.org.

Tour the arboretum: Still playing it safe? You can tour the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens virtually. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com and click on the Virtual Tour tab. View dozens of photos of the sculpture garden, rock garden, Japanese maple grove, conifer garden, small urban tree walk and more. Or tour the gardens by appointment in groups no larger than five. Plan you tour one month in advance and make an appointment by calling 425-257-8597 or emailing [email protected]

Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call, email or set up a web conference with a master gardener. Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 425-357-6010, email [email protected], or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.

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