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Events: February 2015

Jan 30th, 2015 | Category: Events

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, Feb. 1. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee.  Biscuits and gravy now available, too. Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. (360) 739-9605.

 

Black and Yellow Bugs: Pests, Predators, Pollinators and How to Deal with Them in Your Garden: Monday, Feb. 2. Chuck Nafziger and several of his neighbors have been taking beautiful photographs of insects around the Bow-Alger area and will share them in this photo presentation hosted by Chuckanut Transition. With the help of a WWU entomologist, Chuck has learned about many bugs. Come explore the diverse, mysterious and complicated web of these important bugs and how to deal with them in your garden. A potluck starts at 5:30 p.m., followed by the presentation at 6:30 and a fire sculpture (outside) at 8 p.m. Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Burlington.  Free event.  Donations to hall appreciated.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s February Meeting: Garden in Winter with Kathy Veterane: Wednesday, Feb. 4. A winter garden can be a spectacular experience with a little bit of planning. Kathy Veterane of Tapestry Garden will guide us through the process. BGC membership is open to everyone in Whatcom and Skagit County. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

You Feed the Farm, the Farm Feeds You: Wednesday, Feb. 4. Hallie Harness of WSU Extension explains how food waste becomes gardeners’ “black gold.” 6:30 p.m. 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett, (425) 257-8000.

 

Starting from Seed & Growing Transplants: Growing Groceries Education Series #4: Wednesday, Feb. 4. Learn how to save money by growing your own transplants. Learn proper seeding, raising, and transplanting techniques with Kate Halstead, owner and grower for Soil Sisters Plants & Produce in Monroe. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th Street SE, Everett, (425) 338-2400. For more details see snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/growing-groceries.

 

Mediterranean Grain Bowl with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, Feb. 5. Mary Ellen demonstrates how to create a satisfying grain bowl featuring classic Mediterranean ingredients. $35 per person, $7 wine option is payable at class. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Upcycled Valentines: Thursday, Feb. 5. Come to this workshop with Molly Chambers, and transform materials that could be found in a recycling bin into something beautiful for your Valentine. Class fee $5. 3 to 4 p.m. Ragfinery, 421 N. Forest St. Bellingham. (360) 738- 6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Chop it! Project Culinary Genius at Lynden Library: Thursday, Feb. 5-26. Learn to make delicious food with other middle grade kids at the library! Four Thursdays in February, each with a different cooking experience. On the last day of the program, compete in an Iron Chef competition for prizes. For kids in grades 5–7. 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Polly Hankin – Hardscaping:  From the Ground Up: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Winter Speaker Series: Friday, Feb. 6. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks available. A limited number of lecture tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo. http://www.gardenlectures.com.

 

Starting from Seed: Vegetable Gardening 101: Saturday, Feb. 7. Join Kim as she instructs you on the basics of starting your vegetables from seed indoors and out, so you can have the most successful summer harvest. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. Call (360) 676-5480.

 

Blooming Scraps: Saturday, Feb. 7 and Friday, Feb, 13. Beat the winter blahs with this flower making workshop lead by Bellingham fiber artist Libby Chenault of moth and squirrel. For the price of a moth and squirrel pin, Libby will teach you her formula to make your own. You will leave with at least one pin or hair clip and inspiration to continue customizing projects at home. Class fee $15. 1 to 3 p.m. Friday hours 3 to 4 p.m. Ragfinery, 421 N. Forest St. Bellingham. (360) 738- 6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Growing Giant Pumpkins: Saturday, Feb. 7. Champion pumpkin grower Phil Renninger will help you get your giant pumpkins off to a roaring good start. Learn about early season protection, pruning, fertilizing, watering and overall care. Seeds available. 11 a.m. to noon at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

The Power of Rocks: Saturday, Feb. 7. Rocks are the key element in a Japanese-inspired garden. In this class, Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-inspired Landscapes present basic lessons on the art of rock setting. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Bountiful Berries: Saturday, Feb. 7. Learn the tricks to growing blueberries, raspberries, grapes, kiwis, currants and more, including varieties, soil amendments, and how to prune. Free, 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Terrariums: Saturday, Feb. 7. A new spin on bringing the outdoors in! Learn this ‘old time’ way of planting a ‘garden in a bottle’ for the indoors. Sure to be a fun and informative class instructed by Beverly Anderson. Free, 2 p.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Pruning 101: Pruning Fruit Trees and Berries: Saturday, Feb. 7. Winter is the time to prune fruit trees and berries. Join Debra Olberg, a local horticulturist with over 25 years in the nursery and landscape industry, to learn how, why, and when to prune your fruit-bearing trees and plants. 9 a.m. to noon. Whatcom Community College, Foundation Building 105. Class fee $39. www.whatcom.ctc.edu, (360) 383-3000.

 

Pruning Workshop:  Saturday, Feb. 7. This Blaine CORE program with George Kaas, will cover why you should prune, what tools to use, tree/bush growth habits, and creative uses for clippings. Included will be Grafting 101, which will cover scionwood, harvesting, labeling, and storage. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Red Wine Chocolate Tour: Feb. 7-8 and Feb. 14-15. Visit Whidbey Island over two fun filled weekends when you can sample the finest hand crafted wines and spirits along with some of the finest chocolate treats at five local tasting rooms. Tickets ($20/$25) are available through brownpapertickets.com/event/903507. Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Vintners and Distillers Association. See www.whidbeyislandvintners.org.

 

2015 NW Washington Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting: Monday, Feb. 9. Farmers, chefs, grocery buyers, processors, distributors and more are welcome for a day of connections and education. Networking, one-on-one consultations, workshops, panel discussions, and a local lunch. Registration is $30, $50 for a Trade Table (includes 1 registration). 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Luke’s Community Health Ed Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham. Contact Sara Southerland at (360) 647-7093, ext. 114 or see sconnect.org under Events.

 

Tales from the Coop: Inspiration and Advice for Raising Backyard Poultry: Monday, Feb. 9. Four local poultry enthusiasts (all either current or former employees of the Mount Vernon Library) will share practical advice and alternative ideas about  keeping chickens, ducks, and quail in your backyard. Each has designed and built their own custom coops and raised their poultry from a variety of sources, including mail-order and incubating eggs. 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Library Reference Room. For more information, contact the library’s Adult Programming Coordinator Mike Bonacci at (360) 336-6209, or see www.mountvernonwa.gov.

 

Best Soups of All Time with Karina Davidson: Monday, Feb. 9. Karina has been teaching soup classes for many years, and this class brings together four of her all-time favorites 6:30 p.m. $39 per person, $7 wine option. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Year of the Green Ram with Robert Fong: Tuesday, Feb. 10. Enjoy tasting and learning to make special dishes for the coming Chinese New Year: crispy and fragrant quail, pork belly steamed with preserved mustard greens, braised black mushrooms, winter bamboo tips and fresh water chestnuts, jasmine rice with mung beans, and hot sour soup. $55 per person, $8 wine option. 6:30 p.m. Downtown Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Blueberry Workshop: Mummy Berry, Other Diseases & Spotted Wing Drosophila: Wednesday, Feb. 11. Workshop focused on cultural and biological controls for managing mummy berry, other diseases and spotted wing drosophila in blueberries. Lunch is included in the registration fee. $25 per person. WSU Mount Vernon Research Center, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Northwest Center Alternative to Pesticides. Contact Sarah at agworkshops@pesticide.org or call (541)-344-5044 ext 19.

 

Massage Body Oils and Incense: Wednesday, Feb. 11. Learn to make massage body oils in this workshop by Deanna Hanson of Unwound Botanicals. $35 materials fee. 6 to 8 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett, (425) 259-3798.

 

“Mushroom Mythbusters or Fungal Fables Debunked: Interesting Mushroom Myths and the Truth Behind Them” with Danny Miller: Wednesday, Feb. 11. Snohomish County Mycological Society (SCMS) presents Danny Miller of the Puget Sound Mycological Society at 7:30 p.m. at Baker Community Center, 1401 Poplar St, Everett. Free and open to the public. See www.scmsfungi.org.

 

Winter Gardening:  Wednesday, Feb. 11. This Blaine CORE program with Kelle Sunter will show you how to grow fresh greens on your windowsill. Discover what can be “wintered over” in your garden. Learn how to get a jump on the growing season with passive protection. 4 to 6 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Nourishing Herb with Kelly Ann Atterberry: Thursday, Feb. 12. 6 to 7 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Coop, Room 309. $5 donation. The class is held every second Thursday of the month.

 

Sweet Pea Planters for Your Sweet Pea: Saturday, Feb. 14. Try a beautiful, fragrant Sweat Pea Planter. Marcy and Audra will show you how to design your gift with daffodils, pansies and a rustic arbor. Class fee is $39 and includes all supplies (container, plants, seeds and soil). 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360) 676-5480.

 

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees Workshop: Saturday, Feb. 14. If you’re thinking about planting fruit trees, but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We’ll discuss the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, (360) 966-5859.

 

Advanced Vegetable Gardening, Part 1: Saturday, Feb. 14. This five part class is designed for intermediate to advanced vegetable gardeners looking to increase their background knowledge, refine their skills, and get new ideas and strategies for growing better vegetables.  Topics covered will include crop planning, crop rotation, soil fertility, composting, seed starting, season extension, direct seeding, transplanting, weed management, pest and disease issues, water and irrigation, high tunnels, and winter gardening. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Registration required, space is limited. $100 for the five part series. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Emergency Valentine Making: Saturday, Feb. 14. Class fee $5. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ragfinery, 421 N. Forest St. Bellingham. (360) 738- 6977, ragfinery.com.

 

Roses: Start Right: Saturday, Feb. 14. Join Trevor Cameron and over 15 years of rose-growing insight on rose grades, site selection, soil amendments, ‘magic potions’ and early spring pruning to help you grow great roses in the Northwest. Free, 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Cider Seminar: State of Cider: 2015 & Beyond: Saturday, Feb. 14. One-day seminar by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) explains the cider industry, with keynote speaker Peter Mitchell, an internationally renowned cider maker and educator from the UK. Other presenters from Washington State University (WSU) and Northwest Cider Association (NWCA) will address challenges. Fee is $95, includes beverages, lunches and cider sampling. 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everett Community College. Register at www.agbizcenter.org. For more details  call Karen Mauden at (425) 466-8722.

 

Let’s Make Valentines! Saturday, Feb. 14.  Create amazing valentines for your family and friends. Ages 4-11 years. 10:30 a.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Lynden Dads and Donuts Storytime: Saturday, Feb. 14. Dads and Granddads, bring the kids to storytime, enjoy coffee and pastries, then make a valentine for your sweetie! For ages 2 and up.  10:30 a.m. to noon. Lynden Library, 216 4th Street. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Alpaca Amore Affaire Auction, Expo and Show: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15. View and buy alpaca products, learn about the alpaca industry and attend seminars, attend the auction and see the show. Alpacas for sale. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. The event is produced by Act Event Group which specializes in the marketing and selling of alpacas and alpaca products. For more details see www.alpacaamoreaffaire.com.

 

Grafting fruit trees: Saturday, Feb. 14. Free  training. Supplies can be purchased at the event. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pacific Rim Institute. See www.pacificriminstitute.org

 

Oysters, Gin and Jazz: Saturday, Feb. 14. 6:30 to 10 p.m. Oysters 3 ways, Roving Romance Fare (Crave Catering) and Flying Prohibition Jazz (roaring 20s theme burlesque and dancing). Advance Tickets $55 per guest (must be 21 or older). $40 designated driver tickets. BelleWood Acres, Lynden. See bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Small Fruits, Big Harvest: Growing Groceries Education Series #5: Wednesday, Feb. 18. Dr. Tom Walters from the WSU NW Research Center in Mt. Vernon will cover varieties, soil preferences, and cultural requirements for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and other small fruits. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Cost is $25 per person. Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th Street SE, Everett, (425) 338-2400. For more details see snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/growing-groceries.

 

Grafting Vegetables Hands-On Workshop: Friday, Feb. 20. Led by Dr. Carol A. Miles and Patti Kreider, Vegetable Horticulture Program, Department of Horticulture, WSU. Learn how to use the splice-graft technique to graft tomato and watermelon successfully. Participants will use common rootstocks for each crop and will graft six plants of each crop which they can take home to heal ($48 value). All grafting materials provided. Registration is $70 per person. 9 a.m. to noon. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC. 16650 State Route 536, Mount Vernon. Register at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1029695.

 

Far Reaches Farm – Expanding Botanical Horizons—Plants You Won’t Find at The Big Box Stores: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Winter Speaker Series: Friday, Feb. 20. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks available. A limited number of lecture tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo. http://www.gardenlectures.com.

 

What Is All The Buzz About?: Saturday, Feb. 21. Our orchard mason bee is a hard working spring pollinator that is safe to have around kids and pets. Missy Anderson, King County Master Gardener speaker and owner of Rent Mason Bees, will be here to teach all she knows about these pollinators: hosting, proper care in all seasons, and healthy propagating. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Raising Chickens for Meat with Anna Martin:  Saturday, Feb. 21. Join Anna Martin from Osprey Hill Farm, of Acme, for an introduction to raising meat birds in your backyard. Interested in filling your freezer with homegrown chicken? Learn where to buy the chicks, what and how much to feed, where to house the birds, and how to keep them healthy. Sponsored by the Friends of the Deming Library.  11 a.m. to noon. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway. Call (360) 305-3600.

 

Basic Rose Pruning: Saturday, Feb. 21. Learn the tried and true techniques for pruning roses. John Christianson will teach the three steps of pruning for health, shape and best bloom quality. Whether you have tea, rugosa or climbing roses, this class will guide you towards keeping your roses healthy and blooming for years to come.  1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

‘Make It and Take It’ Hypertufa Troughs: Saturday, Feb. 21. “Lighter-than-concrete” hypertufa troughs are Old English containers that have been popular for centuries. Create your own with Kim for your upcoming spring planters. Bring gloves you can dirty up. Class fee is $39.00, and includes all supplies. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360)676-5480.

 

The Beauty Of Hellebores: Saturday Feb. 21. Join Skagit Garden’s Sally Isaiou for an in depth discussion of the new and exciting Hellebore varieties that are easy to grow, long lived perennials for shade to partial sun locations. With proper selection one can have blooming Hellebores in the garden from November all the way into April. Free, 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. (425) 334-2002, info@sunnysidenursery.net.

 

4th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference: Saturday, Feb. 21. This multiple site conference format brings national and local speakers to various locations, including Everett and Mount Vernon. Women farmers will share their stories and more. Visit www.WomenInAg.wsu.edu for more information.

 

The Joy of Birding: Starting Feb. 21. Local expert Ken Salzman will cover birding basics and bird identification, including choosing and using birding equipment and how to identify birds in the field. Saturdays Feb. 21 and 28 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and March 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Class fee $129. Through Whatcom Community College. www.whatcom.ctc.edu, (360) 383-3000.

 

Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday, Feb. 21. In this general overview we will discuss growing techniques and demonstrate tree pruning. Techniques covered range from pruning established dwarfs to renovating older trees. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Advanced Apple and Pear Growing, Part 1: Saturdays, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28. In this first class, you’ll be working in the orchards pruning established trees, with hands-on instruction. You’ll practice applying pruning theory to trees grown on different training systems, and on trees of different ages. Because this hands-on training requires a small class, two sections are scheduled, Feb. 21 and Feb. 28.   1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Be prepared to be outside. Registration required, space is limited. $40 for both Part 1 & Part 2.  Sign up for both Advanced Classes, Apples & Pears and Stone Fruits, and all 4 classes are $70. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Renovating Old Fruit Trees: Sunday, Feb. 22. Rejuvenate those old fruit trees for renewed fruit production. Come learn how in this talk by arborist and horticultural consultant Chris Pfeiffer about ways to use the right methods, tools and timing for the most effective pruning for renovating fruit shrubs and trees. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

The Art of Floral Design—Level 1: Feb. 24 through March 17. Cheryl Jackson, owner of Courtyard Gardens in Everson, will inspire you to create beautiful arrangements as you learn the tools, tips, and tricks of the trade. You’ll leave the first class with a stunning centerpiece–a retail value of $25! All materials for the first class will be supplied. Each remaining session will yield take-home results; supply list for subsequent projects will be discussed at first class. Students should budget $10-15/class session for subsequent projects. Please bring a sharp knife. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Whatcom Community College, Foundation Building 101K. Class fee $95. www.whatcom.ctc.edu, (360) 383-3000.

 

Cider & Perry Orcharding Workshop: Tuesday, Feb. 24. Gary Moulton, pomologist and local orchardist will present in this workshop for the orchardist wanting to grow cider and perry fruit. This will be practical, hands on workshop with part of the day spent in the orchard. Dress for the weather. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Allen Fire Station, 9061 Avon Allen Road, Bow. Fee is $95, includes beverages and lunch. Register at www.agbizcenter.org or contact Karen Mauden at Karen@agbizcenter.org or (425) 466-8722.

 

Garden Design: Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 28. This Blaine CORE program with George Kaas will teach you to look at your yard as a landscape designer. Find out the best places to position fruit bearing trees, bushes and vines. Learn about sunlight, air flow, microclimates, soil testing, rain barrel location/water spigot, soil amending, pest controls, mulching and composting. 4 to 6 p.m. Program repeats Saturday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Fireside Winter Feast with Mary Ellen Carter: Thursday, Feb. 26. Mary Ellen prepares a winter feast as warm and comforting as a crackling fire. Enjoy a cassoulet of baked beans and homemade sausages with an apple rum crust, cornbread with carrots and hazelnuts, an arugula salad with satsuma mandarins and cheese shards – while sipping a steaming mug of hot chocolate. $39 per person; $7 wine option. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at WCC, (360) 383-3200.

 

Free Solar Workshop: Thursday, Feb 26. Tim Nelson of Fire Mountain Solar will teach the basics of home and commercial solar systems. Nelson has been designing and installing solar for 14 years and has installed over 700 kW. He will explain how the federal, state and utility incentives work. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 South First Street, Rm 309, Mount Vernon. Sponsored by Fire Mountain Solar. RSVP to Joan Schrammeck, (360) 422-5610 or Joan@FMSolar.com.  www.firemountainsolar.com.

 

San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 27-28. Bringing together farmers, farm advocates, local and national experts, and keynote speakers for two days of information, inspiration and networking. Lopez Island. Presented by SJC ARC (sjcarc.org), WSU SJC Extension (ext100.wsu.edu/sanjuan) and the San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild. Contact summit@sjcarc.org.

 

Composting: Tips, Tricks and Tea: Saturday, Feb. 28. Learn the importance of your soil’s food web with Paige. She’ll explain the microorganism benefits of composting, mulching your garden and brewing compost tea for long-lasting, healthy soil. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.

 

Ninth Annual Winter Festival – A Fascination for Hellebores: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28-March 1. Hellebore expert Katie Miller of Skagit Gardens will present the different types, culture and breeding of Hellebores and more on Saturday at 11 a.m. Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821, complimentary. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Growing Small Fruits: Saturday, Feb. 28. This workshop will focus on the smaller plants: blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, and kiwi. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

30th Annual Snohomish Conservation District Native Plant Sale: Saturday, Feb. 28. Variety of native plants available. Several speakers throughout the day, booths from area conservation groups, kid’s activities, rain barrel kits and pollinator packets. To order plants, visit www.theplantsale.org. There is no minimum size for pre-orders, which will be accepted through Feb. For more information, call (425) 335-5634, ext. 4 or email scdplantsale@snohomishcd.org. 9. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

 

Early Start, Early Harvest: Growing Groceries Education Series #6: Saturday, Feb. 28. What do you plant, when do you plant it, and just how do you get a garden started when it’s still windy, rainy, and the temps regularly dip below freezing? Instructors from the Growing Groceries program will divulge the tips, tricks, and techniques they use to coax the earliest harvests possible all year long. 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $25 per person. Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th Street SE, Everett, (425) 338-2400. For more details see snohomish.wsu.edu/garden/growing-groceries.

 

Introduction to Reverse Applique: Saturday, Feb. 28. Libby Chenault of moth and squirrel will show you how to hand sew with upcycled t-shirt material to create a simple headband, kerchief or tea towel. Class fee $25. 1 to 3 p.m. Ragfinery, 421 N. Forest St. Bellingham. (360) 738- 6977, ragfinery.com.

 

10th Annual Snow Goose & Birding Festival: Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 28 – March 1. Celebration of the annual migration of Snow Geese. Experience the sights and sounds of large flocks of snow geese, trumpeter swans, a variety and number of ducks and shorebirds. Seminars, tours and hands on activities available. Free, in Stanwood. (425) 357-3674, www.snowgoosefest.org.

 

Beginning Beekeeping: Saturday, Feb. 28. Beekeeping expert Miguel Boriss will cover the basics, including setting up an apiary, managing your bees through the seasons, and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Whatcom Community College, Foundation Building 201C. Class fee is $39. www.whatcom.ctc.edu, (360) 383-3000.

 

 

 

MARCH

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, March 1. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy now available, too. Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, Bellingham. (360) 739-9605.

 

Spring Book Sale at the Bellingham Public Library: Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7. Lots of books and media for all ages. Most items $1. Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $4/bag sale!All proceeds benefit the Bellingham Public Library. (360) 778-7250, friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

 

36th Annual Whatcom County Home and Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, March 6-8. Presented by the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County. Over 150 vendors offering home building, gardening, and interior design services. Seminars include raising backyard chickens, emergency preparedness, efficient ways to heat your house and more. Ciscoe Morris will present home gardening tips on Sunday at 2 p.m. Daily grand prizes, as well as Date Night on Friday night, cooking demonstrations, and live music and improv comedy Saturday at 7 p.m. Beer and wine tasting from 5-9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street, Lynden. Hours are Friday 11-9, Saturday 10-9, and Sunday 11-4. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 55 and over, and free for kids 16 and under. See www.whatcomhomeshow.com.

 

Handmade Soaps: Friday, March 6. In this workshop by Deanna Hanson of Unwound Botanicals, you will learn the basics of soap making, how to take accurate measurements, prepare, use soap molds, proper storage and  more. $40 materials fee. 6 to 8 p.m. Sno-Isle Natural Foods Co-op, 2804 Grand Ave., Everett, (425) 259-3798.

 

Ciscoe Morris – A Visual Tour of Ciscoe’s Garden: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Winter Speaker Series: Friday, March 6. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks available. A limited number of lecture tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo. http://www.gardenlectures.com.

 

Winter Field Day: Saturday, March 7. Rootstock and scion wood sales, workshops on pruning and grafting, and Fruit Garden demonstrations. Presented by the Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation. Free for members, admission for non-members. WSU Mt Vernon. See www.nwfruit.org.

 

Japanese Maples: Choosing and Pruning: Saturday, March 7. Known as the Tree Teacher, Travis Dickson of Raindance Landscapes will share his expert knowledge of which maples to choose from as well as how to care for and prune them. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. (360)676-5480.

 

Penn Cove Musselfest: Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. Mussels will be the centerpiece of two days of festivities, including chowder tasting and mussel eating competitions, farm tours and activities for all ages. 901 NW Alexander St, Coupeville. (360) 678-5434, thepenncovemusselfestival.com/

 

Raised Beds: Saturday, March 7. Master Gardener Dave Buchan will discuss raised beds, design considerations and construction and maintenance techniques. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Whidbey Gardening Workshop: Saturday, March 7. Presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor High School. See www.whidbeygardeningworkshop.org.

 

Good Bugs, Bad Bugs, & Pollinators: Growing Groceries Education Series #7: Saturday, March 7. Learn about the myriad insects that inhabit our gardens. 9 a.m. to noon. $25 per person. Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th Street SE, Everett, (425) 338-2400.

 

Snohomish Wine Festival: Saturday, March 7. Tickets are $30 each and include five tasting tickets, appetizer plates, commemorative wine glass. 1-4 p.m. or 6-9 p.m. 1011 Second St, Snohomish. (425) 344-8533, snohowinefest.com.

 

Quilts Under Northwest Skies, 34th Annual Quilter’s Anonymous Quilt show: March 13-15. Drawing more than 4,000 visitors, this display will include over 500 quilts in a dozen different categories, ranging from traditional styles to art quilts and other innovative designs. This year’s Featured Artist is Arlene Strong. Quilts, fabrics, and other quilt-related goods will be available for purchase from vendors. Free demonstrations of various quilt-making techniques will be offered each day and guests can make blocks for charity quilt projects. $8 per person. Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. (360) 805-6700, quiltersanonymous.org.

 

No-Nonsense Gardening: Saturday, March 14. Join a broad discussion and Q&A with motivational, no-nonsense gardener Tony B. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360)676-5480.

 

Learn to Grow Fruit Trees Workshop: Saturday, March 14. If you’re thinking about planting fruit trees, but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you. Discuss the easiest varieties to grow, how to decide which rootstock to plant, where and how to plant, and what initial pruning and training are needed. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson, (360) 966-5859.

 

Pruning Ornamental Trees and Shrubs: Saturday, March 14. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will show you tried and true pruning techniques to get the best results. 1 to 2 p.m. 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-382.

 

29th Annual Spring Craft and Antique Show: Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21. Over 100 artists and crafters offering decor, crafts, foods and much more. Hours are Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Admission is $6. Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, Lynden. See lyndencraftantiqueshow.com.

 

Lisa Taylor – Trellis and Vertical Gardening: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Winter Speaker Series: Friday, March 20. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks available. Limited number of lecture tickets available at door ($20). Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo. http://www.gardenlectures.com.

 

Deer Resistant Plant Guide: Saturday, March 21. Outsmart those pesky deer, as you join Ginger in her experienced discussion of deer resistant plants, go-to products, tips and tricks. 9 a.m. Class is free. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360)676-5480.

 

Snohomish on the Rocks Distillery Festival: Saturday, March 21. Come meet the distillers and sample their products and learn about the art of creating spirits from the distillers themselves. Live music and samples. Thomas Family Farm, 9010 Marsh Rd, Snohomish. Visit snohomishrocks.com.

 

Starting, Planting and Staking Dahlias Made Easy: Saturday, March 21. Learn how to grow floriferous dahlias from tubers, cuttings and seeds using inexpensive grow lights and propagation mats. John and Kathy Willson of Swede Hill Dahlia & Sunflower Farm will demonstrate fool proof methods for getting your dahlia tubers off to a great start for amazing summer blooms. 11 a.m. to noon, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Basic Fruit Tree Pruning: Saturday, March 21. In order to get the best fruit production, different varieties of fruit trees require different approaches to pruning. Ani Gurnee of Aulos Design will show you the tried and true techniques used in order to maximize fruit production and eliminate problems down the road. $8 class fee. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.

 

Riz Reyes – Designing Spaces with Extraordinary Plants: Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Winter Speaker Series: Friday, March 27. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Snacks available. Tickets may be available at $20 each at the door. Mukilteo Presbyterian Church Social Hall, 4514 84th St SW, Mukilteo. http://www.gardenlectures.com.

 

Plant Crush: Monrovia’s 2015 Plant Collection: Saturday, March 28. Tadd Storrer of Monrovia will share the latest and greatest from their extensive collection of plants and give design tips. Class is free. 9 a.m. Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham.  (360) 676-5480.

 

Species Rhododendrons: These Are Not Your Father’s Rhodies! Saturday, March 28. Bob Zimmermann of Chimacum Woods will explore the distinctly different world of species rhododendrons. These plants don’t look like the rhodies most of us are used to. They offer a broad range of leaf shapes, colors and patterns. Class fee is $8. 11 a.m to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821, www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Spring Garden Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, March 28. Join John Christianson for his first tour of the year through the lovely English style gardens of La Conner Flats located next to the nursery. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Reservations requested, (360) 466-3821; complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Whatcom Conservation District’s 22nd annual Native Plant Sale and 8th Annual Expo: Saturday, March 28. Variety of plants available. Local nurseries and organizations on site sharing information. Open sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the campus of Whatcom Community College, Bellingham. For details, see www.whatcomcd.org/plant-sale.

 

27th annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale: Saturday, March 28. This neighborhood-sponsored event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Chapel outdoor parking lot (corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th St.). Plant selection, along with expert advice from participating vendors, and much more. The event is sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors. For more information, including a full listing of participating vendors, visit Facebook.com/FairhavenPlantAndTreeSale or contact Thom Prichard at (360) 671-5517.

 

Skagit Conservation District Native Plant Sale:  Saturday, March 28. Variety of native trees and shrubs for conservation purposes such as wildlife habitat, windbreaks, hedgerows, reforestation and stream enhancement. Most of these plants are bareroot which means they do not come in pots or burlap bags, but are harvested from the field in winter when the plants are dormant and ready to be replanted. WACD Lynn Brown Plant Materials Center, 16564 Bradley Road, Bow. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  See www.skagitcd.org or call (360) 428-4313.

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