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Free classes added to A Garden Affair

Apr 1st, 2012 | Category: News

STANWOOD – A special series of free classes have been added to Garden Affair on Saturday, April 7 at the Stanwood-Camano Fairgrounds. The early spring community showcase features specialty growers, artists and crafters from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Stanwood Camano Resource Center – Emergency Funds Program and Camano Animal Shelter Association (CASA). For more information, visit www.gardenaffair.info/.

Starting off at 10 a.m., Martha Clatterbaugh, a WSU Snohomish County Master Gardener and lifelong vegetable gardener will offer tips on planning a spring garden. Special guest Nicole Hopper, outreach and education specialist with Taylor Shellfish, will talk at 11 a.m. about northwest shellfish and how they are produced, and share information about Taylor Shellfish.

At noon, Backyard Wildlife Habitat program representatives from Camano Island will talk about how to start a program in your neighborhood or town. From 1 to 2 p.m., Stacy Aleksich from Snohomish Conservation District and Scott Chase, WSU Shore Stewards Program Coordinator, will speak about rain barrels. Stacy will also teach a class on rain gardens at 2 p.m.

At 3 p.m., Caitlin Price, Compost Specialist for the Conservation District, will speak on how to have a beautiful, productive garden by building soil and creating your own compost.

The classes are hosted by Snohomish Conservation District with funding from the Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Fund and the Stillaguamish Clean Water District. No registration is required. For more information, contact Snohomish Conservation District at (425) 335-5634, ext 123.

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