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Events: March 2020

Feb 3rd, 2020 | Category: Events

Updated as of Feb. 3, 2019

MARCH 2020

6th annual La Conner Daffodil Festival: Through the month of March. Enjoy the fields of daffodils, and events and activities throughout La Conner and the Skagit Valley including the Jazz Valley Concert (March 7), Pie & Ice Cream Social Fundraiser and Silent Auction (March 12), and Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride (March 21). See the Facebook page or www.lovelaconner.com.

March Madness: The Garden Edition: Monday, March 2. The Co-op’s Jay Williams will share what you can plant now from starts or seeds, how to do it including soil prep, crop rotation, succession planting, what needs feeding now, natural pest control and more. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Suite 309, Mount Vernon. Pre-register at skagitfoodcoop.com/event or call Nicole at 360-336-5087×136.

Worm Your Way into Composting: Tuesday, March 3. Learn how to compost your food scraps by harnessing the work of worms, with Callie Martin. Plus worm bin design, care, and feeding. 6:30 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Suite 309, Mount Vernon. Pre-register at skagitfoodcoop.com/event or call Nicole at 360-336-5087×136.

Birchwood Garden Club’s March Meeting:  Wednesday, March 4. Birchwood Garden Club’s March speaker will be Kathleen Bander, founder of “Bats Northwest.”  She will identify the local resident bat species and their lifestyle status.  To increase our nocturnal visitations, she will provide information on how to attract and nurture the resident populations, there will be effective logistical support, (housing, care, feeding, rules and advice.) All welcome. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org. Birchwood Garden Club membership is open to everyone. The Birchwood Garden Club provides financial support and /or gardening expertise to the following community organizations:  The Bellingham Public Library, Growing Veterans, Cornwall Rose Garden, Whatcom Museum of History and Art and the Bellingham Food Bank.


2020 Whatcom County Home and Garden Show:Friday through Sunday, March 6-8. Visit with over 200 vendors and get some great ideas for your next project, including home improvement and yard projects, at the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Sponsored by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Friday hours 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Ladies Night (door prizes) and beer and wine tastings 5-8 p.m. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Family Day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet Characters Elsa and Anna and Captain America. Brad & John Show 5:30-6:15 p.m. Beer and wine tasting 5-8 p.m. Sunday hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gardening with Ciscoe Morris 1-3 p.m. For admission and complete schedule, see www.biawc.com and the Facebook event page.

Winter Field Day: Saturday, March 7. Presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. Special emphasis on the culture and training of dwarf apple trees plus rootstock and scion wood sales, workshops on pruning and grafting, and Fruit Garden demonstrations on pruning. The Fruit Garden has a collection of over 30 heritage apple varieties in the Antique Apple Collection. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free for members, $15 for non-members, and $30/family (parents with their minor children). Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. See  www.nwfruit.org or the Facebook event for more details.

Learn To Seed and Grow Your Own Veggies: Saturday, March 7. Learn about lighting, soil, temperature, containers and seed germination time. Specials discounts on  seeds. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. Register at www.garden-spot.com/classes.

‘Plant it and Take It’ Seed Tray of Veggies: Saturday, March 7. Planting four cool season vegetables of your choice. Class fee is $10 per tray. 10 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. Register at www.garden-spot.com/classes.

A Fascination for Hellebores: Christianson’s 14th Annual Winter Festival: Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. Irresistible Hellebores are bursting through the cold to arrive in full bloom. When most perennials are slumbering, hellebores are in full bloom from December through April. These understory perennials are easy to grow, deer resistant, and grown in endless varieties; some are clear, others have spotting, striping, and can be bi-colored.   A complimentary class begins Saturday at 11 a.m. with Skagit Gardens’ horticulturist Melanie MacKinnon who will discuss these ‘darlings of the winter season’ and their hardy characteristics. An inspiring and educational day for those seeking happy surprises in their winter gardens.  9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. To inquire, call 360-466-3821 or see  www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

Learn to Grow Organic Fruit at Home: Saturday, March 7. Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive, including common pest and diseases, soil and weed management,  and use of compost and mulches in fruit growing. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. $15 per person. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Register through www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call 360-966-5859.

Penn Cove MusselFest:Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8.  Mussels are the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages featuring locally-flavored fun. See www.thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.

Growing Apples and Pears: Working with Dwarf & Mini-dwarf Rootstock Trees: Saturday, March 7. This class will cover growing techniques and pruning methods for apple and pear trees, focusing on dwarf and mini-dwarf trees. 1:30 p.m. $15 per person. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Register through www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call 360-966-5859.

5th Annual Irish Dinner and Silent Auction: Saturday, March 7. All proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels and More, a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Enjoy a traditional Irish dinner of corned beef and cabbage provided by Haggen Market Street Catering (vegetarian option available), live music, local brews by Boundary Bay Brewery, wine, a silent auction and more. 21+. 5-9 p.m. Bellingham Ferry Terminal. $50 each. See the Facebook event page or www.whatcomcoa.org/upcoming-events.

Chuckanut Center Community Visioning Meeting: Sunday, March 8. Non-Profit Chuckanut Center is hosting a community visioning meeting to help generate ideas for the next steps for the organization. This facilitated meeting, or “charette” will focus on Permaculture principals and programming needs of the community, as well as outdoor projects that will help people learn how to grow, harvest, preserve and cook produce from their own home gardens. Community members with interest in Permaculture and community collaboration are encouraged to attend. Potluck Lunch will be provided. RSVP’s required at https://chuckanutcenter.org/event/center-design-charette/.  Coffee at 9 a.m., followed by meeting at 9:30 a.m. and lunch at 1 p.m. Chuckanut Center, 103 Chuckanut Dr. North, Bellingham. Please park at Fairhaven Park, accessible parking only on site. Free.


Anacortes Monthly Winter Farmers Market: Saturday, March 14. Produce, food, crafts, and more. Held the second Saturday of each month through March. Inside the Depot building. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more details, see www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

Whatcom Farm Forestry Tree Sale: Saturday, March 14. Varieties of trees available. 10 a.m. to noon. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. Cash or check only. For more information or to place a large order, contact  whatcom@wafarmforestry.com.

Hypertufa Class:Saturday, March 14. Kim Swanson will teach you how to make hypertufa containers. These lightweight concrete planters have been used in old English gardens for centuries and they can become a part of your garden. Class fee of $39 covers all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. Register at www.garden-spot.com/classes.

Growing Wine Grapes: Saturday, March 14. The Center has been conducting wine grape variety trials for almost 20 years, and developing different training systems to improve grape production. This workshop will provide an overview of how to grow wine grapes in our climate. Learn about practices including soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. $15 per person. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Register through www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call 360 966-5859.

Skagit Valley Food Co-op Wellness Fair: Saturday, March 14. Wellness workshops, raffles, free samples, and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, Mount Vernon. More info at www.skagitfoodcoop.com.

Community Gear Sale and Swap: Saturday, March 14. Buy, sell or trade used outdoor gear. Registered swappers have the chance to wheel and deal with each other 30 minutes before doors open the public. Sign up for a booth indoor or outdoor ($20 per booth). Free entry for shoppers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Burlington Parks & Rec Center, 900 E. Fairhaven Avenue. Register online at www.burlingtonwa.gov/parksandrec or call 360-755-9649.

Residential Garden Project: Japanese Dry Landscape Garden:Saturday, March 14. Ornamental Horticulturist Hans Wressnigg will review a garden installation at a Whatcom County residence, following its evolution from the site conditions, the initial conception, and development, to completion.  $15. 10 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-466-3821 or see www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Saturday, March 14. The rose is America’s most popular flower and also one of the very oldest in cultivation. There are thousands of different rose varieties to lure us with their history and fragrance.  Take notes from Christianson’s Rose Buyer, Nancy Stewart, on varieties we have in stock that are fragrant, disease-resistant, and easy care. Learn of her personal homage to the late English rose breeder, David Austin. Class fee is $8. 1 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-466-3821 or  see www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

Winter Propagation: Grafting:Saturday, March 14. Propagation by grafting is fun and a satisfying way to create new plants. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to propagate fruit trees and other woody plants during the dormant season using grafting techniques. 1:30 p.m. $50. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Register through www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org or call 360 966-5859.

34th annual Lynden Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21. Unique handcrafted wares, home and garden décor, gourmet treats, one of a kind gifts, repurposed and vintage treasures. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 adult, $5 senior, free for 12 years and under. Northwest Washington Fair Expo Building, 1775 Front St., Lynden. See www.facebook.com/LyndenCraftandAntiqueShow.

Conifer class with Ginger: Saturday, March 21. Count on conifers to provide 12 months of color and texture. Ginger introduces her favorites for 2020. Free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, Bellingham. Register at www.garden-spot.com/classes.

Bellingham Winter Saturday Farmers Market: Saturday, March 21. Produce, crafts, foods, plants, and more. Held the third Saturday of each month through March. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Depot Market Square. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

Snohomish Conservation District Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, March 21. Conservation grade plants at a great price. All are welcome to attend and purchase native plants and visit educational booths. Demonstrations on various topics, as well as Conservation District staff and Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179th ave SE, Monroe. For a plant list and more details, see https://snohomishcd.org/annual-plant-sale.

Road Wages: Cultivating Dahlias:Saturday, March 21. A growing number of dahlia gardeners are selling their flowers at roadside stands. Instructors John and Kathy Willson will teach you how to cultivate and market high-quality flowers using a self-serve system based on production, profit, and mutual trust. Class fee is $8. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Call 360-466-3821 or see www.ChristiansonsNursery.com.

Whatcom Conservation District’s 27th annual Native Plant Sale: Saturday, March 28. More than 40 tree and shrub species available at the sale. Visit with community resources, local growers, and more in the vendor area. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the Campus of Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. This year, pre-orders will only be done online through https://www.whatcomcd.org/plant-sale. Pre-orders must be received by March 16.

32nd Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Saturday, March 28. Local and regional nurseries and other delights for your home and garden. Veggie starts, perennials, specialty edibles, natives, blueberries, raspberries, garden art, ornamental trees and bushes, bamboo and more.  Vendors donate a portion of sales to Fairhaven Neighbors, which uses proceeds for neighborhood projects and to support other local non-profits. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hillcrest Chapel parking lot (corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th Street, Bellingham). Sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors. For more information: Facebook.com/FairhavenPlantAndTreeSale.

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