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Events: March 2015

Mar 6th, 2015 | Category: Events

Deming Library Gardening Club for Kids: Wednesdays, March 4 and 18. The Deming Library is starting a gardening club for kids!  Join us for the first meeting. The club will meet twice a month during the spring and summer. Kids will plan, plant, tend, and harvest their garden in the library backyard while learning about the natural world around them. Meetings will include learning about gardening through crafts and hands-on work in the garden. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. 4 to 5 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

All About Bonsai with George Berkompas; Birchwood Garden Club’s March Meeting: Wednesday, March 4. George Berkompas, a Bonsai master from Whatcom/Skagit Bonsai Society, will layout the foundations in Bonsai.  BGC membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit County. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. 7 p.m. www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Spring Book Sale at the Bellingham Public Library: Thursday through Saturday, March 5-7. Lots of books and media for all ages. 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.

 

14th annual Everett Home and Garden Show: Friday through Sunday, March 6-8. Home improvement Source for your spring and summer projects. Show hours: Friday noon to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6.75 adults, $6.25 seniors, Military/Families with ID $2 each, free for kids 16 and under. xfinity arena, at Broadway and Hewitt in Everett.

 

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.

 

Hands-On Pruning Workshop: Friday, March 6. Bring your loppers, hand pruners, saws, and safety glasses to this 1-day workshop! Learn from Gary Moulton, pomologist & local expert orchardist on the science, principles, and practices of pruning. Gary will discuss and demonstrate best practices in classroom and orchard at LaConner Flats. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. LaConner Flats, 15978 Best Road, Mt. Vernon. Registration is $95, includes lunch and beverages. Presented by Northwest Agriculture Business Center. Register at  www.agbizcenter.org.agbizcenter.org. Questions, call (425) 466-8722.

 

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.

 

The Wonderful World Of Conifers: Saturday, March 7. Come explore the vast array of conifers with Trevor Cameron. These evergreen beauties add much color, texture and form to our landscapes – often bringing 12 months of color. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Organic Fruit Growing for Homeowners: Saturday, March  7. 10:30-Noon. You can grow tree fruits and berries using organic practices, even in our challenging climate. Learn how to keep your trees and berry plants healthy and productive. We’ll discuss the common pest and disease issues of our area, and how to deal with them effectively. Other topics will include soil and weed management and use of compost and mulches in fruit growing. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Vegetable Growing Series, Part 2: Saturday, March 7. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Dyeing Techniques for the Fiber Artist with Elizabeth Moncrief: Saturday, March 7. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Harmony Fields, Bow. More details at http://www.hfproduce.com/art-in-the-barn/.

 

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.

 

Fairies in the Garden at Good Earth Pottery: March featured artist, Julie DeRouche’ creates unique hand-built ceramics to add a touch of fantasy to your life – indoors and out. Meet the artist during a reception on March 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. 1000 Harris Avenue, Bellingham. www.goodearthpots.com, (360) 671-3998.

 

Seed Saving Workshop: Saturday, March 7. Become more self-reliant while learning the basics of preserving rare and heirloom, open-pollinated, Non-GMO seeds. Join Krista Rome, founder of Backyard Beans & Grains, will explain isolation distances, inbreeding versus outbreeding plants, when to harvest, techniques for threshing and seed cleaning, and give tips on easy plants to get started with. 3 to 4:30 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

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.

 

Lance Burdon: Sunday, March 8. Bret Lunsford of the Anacortes Museum will present a talk and slide show on the life and times of early Anacortes photographer and entrepreneur, Lance Burdon. Burdon’s subjects include canneries, salmon fishermen, and Anacortes street scenes, as well as early farm practices on Fidalgo Island.  A book titled, “Lance Burdon – A Photographic Journey” written by Burdon’s granddaughter Nancy Werner Mathews and the Anacortes Museum Foundation will be available for sale. 2 to 4 p.m. Skagit Valley Historical Museum, 501 S. 4th Street, La Conner. Admission: adults $5, seniors $4, families $10. For more information call (360) 466-3365 or visit www.skagitcounty.net/museum.

 

Raising Meat Rabbits: Tuesday, March 10. Robert Fiut of Marblemount will discuss developing and maintaining a home rabbitry for food security, along with rabbit care and housing innovations. 6:30 p.m. in the Skagit Valley Food Co-op, third floor, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon.  RSVP to (360) 336-5087, ext. 139.  See nzwrabbits.webs.com.

 

Planning for Fall & Winter Planting: Tuesday, March 10. Part of the 2015 Transition Skill Share Series. Free. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Anacortes Public Library, 1220 10th St. See www.fidalgotransition.org.

 

Dahlias! Wednesday, March 11. Discover how easy it is to have beautiful flowers blooming in your yard from July through November. The dahlia is a natural choice for our NW climate and their long bloom time makes them very rewarding. Thousands of different flower forms and colors are available. Presented by Kelle Sunter of Blaine C.O.R.E. 4 to 6 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

“The Cordyceps Phenomenon – Parasite and Panacea” with Daniel Miller: Wednesday, March 11. Daniel Miller will present at the Snohomish County Mycological Society meeting, 7:30 p.m. at the Baker Community Center, 1401 Popolar Street, Everett. Open to the public. Daniel is the author of field guides to Edible Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest and California and has been mushrooming in the Northwest for years. He operates a website on www.mushroaming.com. For information, contact Lisa Pierce (President) at lisarobinpierce@gmail.com or 360-435-1674.

 

“Humane Solutions for Wildlife in Our Gardens” with Cindy Kirkendall of PAWS: Thursday, March 12. Deer, racoons, rabbits, rats, voles! Cindy Kirkendall, Wildlife Admissions Specialist from PAWS, will share ways to live with wildlife. 7 p.m. Snohomish County Fruit Society meeting  at the Boys and Girls Club, at 402 2nd Street, Snohomish. Open to the public. See https://snohomishcfs.wordpress.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.

 

Anacortes Winter Monthly Farmers Market: Saturday, March 14. Fresh produce, crafts and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Depot (611 R Avenue, inside and out), Anacortes. See www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Learn The Art Of Bonsai: Saturday, March 14. Debbie Wetmore, who has been practicing it for many years and has an incredible collection to prove it, will discuss potting, pruning, feeding and general growing information. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

3rd Annual Snohomish Chocolate Walk: Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15. Enjoy a charming stroll as you bop from shop to shop, collecting specialty chocolate goodies along the way. Meet and greet with several featured treat creators to learn about the art of chocolate making. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Snohomish.

 

No-Nonsense Gardening: Saturday, March 14. Join a broad discussion and Q&A with no-nonsense gardener Tony B. He will focus on the details of gardening between each season and introduce new skills. 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. 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.

 

Growing Apples and Pears: Saturday, March 14. In this general overview workshop we will discuss growing techniques and demonstrate tree pruning. Techniques covered range from pruning established dwarfs to renovating older trees you’ve inherited. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Great Grafting Gathering: Saturday, March 14. Pruning season is upon us. Remember to save scion wood for the Great Graft Gathering. Bring apple, pear, plum varieties from your neighborhood. Share and graft to start new trees! We will demonstrate basic grafting techniques. Select scion wood and rootstock to graft a tree to take home! Apple, pear and plum rootstock will be available for a nominal fee. We will all share our scion varieties. $10 donation.  Inspiration Farm, Bellingham.

 

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.

 

Seed Saving with Krista Rome:  Saturday, March 14. Learn the basics of preserving rare and heirloom, open-pollinated, non-GMO seeds. Join Krista Rome, founder of Backyard Beans & Grains, a local seed company that identifies varieties of staple crops suited to the Pacific Northwest, who will explain isolation distances, inbreeding versus outbreeding plants, when to harvest, techniques for threshing and seed cleaning, and more.11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Silvana Community Fair Auction: Saturday, March 14.  Doors open at 5 p.m. Silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. Live auction starts at 6 p.m. This is the sole fundraiser for the Fair in July. Donations are welcomed. Free entry. Contact info@silvanafair.com.

 

Know and Grow Workshop: Right Plant, Right Place: Tuesday, March 17. Master Gardener Linda Walz will help you learn how to select plants that are suitable for your particular purposes and site. This workshop is free and open to the public. 1 to 2:30 p.m. WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, 16650 Washington 536, Mount Vernon.

 

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.

 

An Overview of Vegetable Pathology in Cucurbit, Solanum, and Brassica Crops: Prevention and Identification: Thursday, March 19. Jeff Dodson, Vegetable Pathologist at J Dodson Pathology, leads this discussion at Cloud Mountain Farm Center’s Speaker Series. 3 to 5 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. Visit www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/ and click on “festivals and events”.

 

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.

 

Season Extension Strategies: Friday, March 20. Growers will share their experience, knowledge, skills and lesson learned in the areas of variety selection, timing, rotations, storage, use of floating row cover, low and high tunnels, and keeping concise records for tracking, analysis and planning. Technologies and techniques to help specialty crop producers take advantage of shoulder seasons and year-round markets. $95, includes beverages and lunch. Skagit Farmers Supply – Main Office , 1833 Park Ln, Burlington. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register at www.agbizcenter.org.

 

Spring Irish Dance featuring GALLOWGLASS: Friday, March 20. 7 to 10 p.m. Advance tickets $10, $12 at the door, Kids under  12 free. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.

 

Whatcom County Farm Forestry Association Tree Sale: Saturday, March 21. Northwest Washington Fair Grounds In the Henry Jansen Agricultural Center, 10 a.m. to noon. Trees are 90¢ each. Includes Sitka Spruce, Giant Sequoia, Fraser Fir, Deodar Cedar, Western Hemlock, Noble Fir, Japanese Larch, Norway Spruce, Grand Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Western Red Cedar, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Incense Cedar, and Mugho Pine. For more information, call (360) 671-6988.

 

Deer Resistant Plant Guide: Saturday, March 21. 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.

 

Spring Lawn Care: Saturday, March 21. Get your lawn off to a good start with Trevor Cameron. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

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.

 

Grow Grapes for Wine or Eating: Saturday, March 21. Discuss growing grapes in cool climates for wine and eating. Cultural practices including soil requirements, pruning techniques, pest management and harvesting will be covered. Workshop will take place in the vineyard. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Winter Propagation: Grafting and Hardwood Cuttings: Saturday, March 21. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll look at propagation during the dormant season, through hardwood cuttings and grafting, including fruit trees. Registration is required, $30 workshop fee. (Sign up for this and Summer Grafting, take both classes for $50.) 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Bellingham Winter Monthly Farmers Market: Saturday, March 21. Winter producer, crafts, food producers and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Depot Market Square, Bellingham. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Farm Fresh CSA Fair: Saturday, March 21. Connect with local farmers and learn about local CSA offerings. Free to the public. Live music. 2-5 p.m. in the Boundary Bay Beer Garden, Bellingham. Any farmer offering a CSA  can reserve a  spot by emailing sara@sconnect.org.

 

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. 1 to 2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, (360) 466-3821.

 

Spring Gardening Day: Saturday, March 21.  A whole day of gardening workshops! Learn fruit tree grafting with Master Gardeners (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Two free apple rootstock available to each participant or family, scion wood provided. Please register for this class at wcls.org. Space is limited. Rain Gardens with Lyn Morgan-Hill from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Lyn will talk about the basics of putting in a rain garden to handle your storm water. Raised bed building with Local Food Works 3 to 4 p.m. Participate in building raised garden beds in the Deming Library Learning Garden. We will also plant the beds with early spring greens and install a mini hoop house to demonstrate season extension. Bring your gloves and boots for this hands-on experience. Event made possible by Master Gardeners, Local Food Works, and the Friends of the Deming Library. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Community Skills Fair: Saturday, March 21. A full day of hands-on practice to learn or improveyour gardening, cooking, crafts, and basic fix-it skills. Workshops, panel discussions and kids activities at this free community event. Topics will include non-toxic alternatives, gardening, fermenting, cooking tasty veggies, crafty skills, bike repair, car repair and more. Additionally, there will be fun art and educational programs for kids and demonstrations by local youth dance and martial arts groups. Free and open to all. Free childcare, free food, free vendor space. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 10 a.m. Evergreen Middle School, 7621 Beverly Lane, Everett. Walk-ins are welcome and pre-registration is encouraged at http://snocotogether.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Mount Vernon Farmers Market Spring Potluck: Saturday March 21. Bring a dish to share and your own plate, cup, and cutlery. 3-6 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 415 S 18th st, Mount Vernon.

 

Composting and Vermiculture:  Wednesday, March 25. Stop throwing away valuable soil building materials and start your compost project now. Whether you are thinking about a compost bin or becoming a Worm Wrangler, this workshop will get you started. Mary Jensen will cover the basics of food waste recycling, how easy it is and managing worms, indoors and out. Presented by of Blaine C.O.R.E.  4 to 6 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Rain barrel workshop: Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, and Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Blaine Senior Center. Collecting rainwater from your roof is a cheap and effective way to water a garden, build a reserve water supply and save money on summer water bills. Participants in the workshop will receive a free 55-gallon rain barrel made from recycled plastic. Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District and the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD) are sponsoring the workshops. To register, visit bbwarm.whatcomcounty.org.

 

Growing Dry Beans & Grains in the Pacific Northwest:  Thursday, March 26. Krista Rome will explain the basics of growing, harvesting, processing, and cleaning dry beans and grains and will recommend varieties that excel in our short summers.  Krista is the founder of Backyard Beans & Grains, a local seed company that works to identify varieties of staple crops that mature easily in the Pacific Northwest. 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

Salvage Inspired Furniture Design: Saturday, March 28. Turn marginal materials into functional treasures with Eberhard Eichner, Lead Designer/Builder of Revision Division, the award-winning program of the RE Store in Bellingham. REvision Division has been diverting more than 50,000 pounds annually of reclaimed materials – saving them from the landfill and turning them furniture. 2 to 4 p.m. Ferndale Library, 2125 Main Street, (360) 305-3600.

 

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.

 

Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums: Saturday, March 28. Growing cherries, plums, peaches and apricots can be rewarding and challenging in our maritime climate. In this general overview we will discuss planting, growing techniques, and pruning of stone fruits. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Learn the Artful Tradition of Espalier: Saturday, March 28. If you’re considering creating a Belgian fence or growing cherries trained to a fan, this is for you. Construction considerations, training, which plants work and those that don’t – all will be covered. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Growing ‘Cool Season’ Veggies: Saturday, March 28. MaryAnn and Andy Sudkamp will guide you through seeding, transplanting, choosing crops and varieties, timing, rotating, pest solutions, and more so you can grow your own produce now. Questions welcome. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

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 (they do not come in pots or burlap bags), and 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.

 

Blue Water Pottery Annual Spring Studio Seconds Sale: Saturday, March 28. Pottery by the pound! The studio will be selling pottery seconds – old, flawed or just weird pieces – by Jeremy Noet and Dyana Fiediga at $5/lb. Mugs, bowls. planters and more. Plus, the studio doors will be open, the wheel will be on, and the clay will be wet. Any children looking to experience hands-on wheel throwing will be encouraged to come muddy their hands and break out their smiles. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Blue Water Pottery Studio, 2521 Vallette St, Bellingham, behind the house, with alley access. Email bluewaterpottery@gmail.com or visit the facebook page for more details.

 

Spring into Pasture Management – Growing Great Grass: Saturday, March 28. Join Alayne Blickle from Horses for Clean Water and the Snohomish Conservation District at a free class to find out how you can make your pastures more productive and control weeds naturally. Learn the basics of how grasses grow and how to become a ‘grass farmer’ by using a variety of techniques, including winter paddocks, liming, spreading compost, rotational grazing, managing small grazing areas, and least-toxic weed control. 9 a.m. to noon. Stillaguamish Grange Hall, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood. Register online at healthypasture.eventbrite.com.

 

2015  Spring Grafting Fair: Saturday, March 28. Grafting demonstrations, lectures, scionwood of apple, pear, plum, cherry, quince. Cuttings of kiwi, grape, fig. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave W, Lynnwood. This event is a joint production of Snohomish County Fruit Society and Seattle Tree Fruit Society. Free admission to STFS and SCFS members. $5 individuals or family.

 

Starting Your Vegetable Garden: Saturday, March 28. Find out how to get started growing your own vegetables with George Kaas. Included will be discussion on planting the right plant in the right place, plotting one’s garden sun patterns, soil testing, reasons and seasons for mulching, and composting. Presented by Blaine C.O.R.E. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Blooming Scraps: Saturday, March 28. Flower-making workshop lead by Bellingham fiber artist Libby Chenault of Moth and Squirrel using scrap material. Grades 9-12. 2 to 4 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

 

 

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival: Month-long festival celebrating tulips and the Skagit Valley. For tulip locations and special events, see tulipfestival.org.

 

SALT OF THE EARTH: The Story of Seasonings: Exhibit opens April 2 and runs through June 7. Special Exhibit of items from the Skagit County Historical Museum’s  permanent collection including hundreds of salt cellars. See how ancestors added spice to their life. 501 S 4th St, La Conner, (360) 466-3365.

 

Sustainable Connections Farm Fresh Workplace Member Lunch: Thursday, April 2. Meet local employers interested in learning more about CSAs and Workplace CSAs (or becoming a “Farm Fresh Workplace”). 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sustainable Connections office, Bellingham. RSVP to sara@sconnect.org

 

Opening Day of the 2015 Bellingham Farmers Market Regular Season: Saturday, April 4. Opening cabbage toss to open market for the season kicks off at 10 a.m. Fresh produce, crafts, food items and more from 100+ vendors. See bellinghamfarmers.org.

 

Stillaguamish Grange Open House: Saturday, April 4. All welcome to join us in celebrating 80 years since our charter and 80 years of service to the Stanwood Camano Community. 1 to 3 p.m. Stillaguamish Grange, 6521 Pioneer Highway, Stanwood Camano Fairgrounds.

 

Mini-Gardens: Good Things Come In Small Packages: Saturday, April 4. Dwarf conifers, small maples, perennials, sedums and so much more. Learn how to plant these beauties into containers for years of enjoyment. Join the dynamic duo Trevor Cameron, C.P.H. and Chris Hinricksen, C.P.H. for this fun class. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Whatcom County Youth Fair: Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. (Entries due March 18.) See whatcomcountyyouthfair.webs.com.

 

23rd Annual Garage Sale, Antiques & More: Friday and Saturday, April 10-11. Over 140 vendors and 6,000 in attendance. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon. More information and applications can be found atwww.skagitcounty.net/garagesale. Call (360) 336-9414 or e-mail aricg@co.skagit.wa.us.

 

Have Fun With Hypertufa: Saturday, April 11. Join our very own gardening experts Mary Stole and MaryAnn Sudkamp to learn about Hypertufa, popular for making garden ornaments, pots and land forms. Hypertufa is very porous, favorable for plant growth, and relatively light compared with terra-cotta or traditional concrete and can withstand harsh winters. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Annual Wonderful Woolies Fiber Sale: Saturday, April 11. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come shop for fleeces and fiber from farms located in Skagit and Whatcom counties. Bring the family and meet the sheep. Spinners Eden Farm, 5740 Mertz Road, Bellingham. See spinnersedenfarm.com.

 

Yogurt Making: Saturday, April 11. Part of the 2015 Transition Skill Share Series. 10 a.m. Potluck Kitchen Studio, 910 11th St., Anacortes. See www.fidalgotransition.org.

 

Japanese Maples: Saturday, April 18. Certified Professional Horticulturist Trevor Cameron will show you the way with Japanese maples. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

The Pollination Puppet Show: Saturday, April 18. Free to the public, a puppet show for elementary-age children. Follow Polly, the honey-bee, as she visits her flower friends and talks about how and why bees pollinate and what you can do to help them (45 minute run time). Sponsored by the APIS Project, Skagit Food Co-op and the library. 3 p.m. Mount Vernon City Library.

 

Scythes the Cutting Edge: Saturday, April 18: Learn the sharper points of using a scythe, what makes a good tool, how to select a scythe for your needs and how to properly maintain it for years of efficient use. $40 per person. Inspiration Farm, Bellingham. www.inspirationfarm.com.

 

Spring Rexville Grange Art Show: April 10-19. Opening opening reception on Friday, April 10. See www.rexvillegrangeartshow.com for participating artists and more.

 

The Island Chicks Spring Vintage/Antiques Market: Saturday, April 25. Antiques, vintage, re-purposed/refreshed and handmade treasures for your home and garden. Over 40 vendors with fabulous stuff! $5 per person, $3 per person with a donated food item to the Anacortes Food Bank. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 100 Commercial Ave., Anacortes. (360) 420-8225.

 

3rd annual Art of Gardening: Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26.The City of Anacortes and the Anacortes Farmers Market are bringing the best of the garden to the Depot in Anacortes. Celebrate “All Things Gardening” at this hands-on event featuring regional vendors, display gardens and exhibitors with a focus on backyard farming, gardening and art specifically designed for the garden.  Enjoy tasty food and live entertainment all day. Vendor applications being accepted. See http://www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

 

Everson Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 25. Flowers from our gardens to yours. We offer lots of colorful perennials, (unusual as well as the old stand-bys), natives, shrubs and small trees at well-below retail prices. Vendors will offer veggie starts, specialty plants and crafts.  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everson Elementary School lawn, 216 Everson Goshen Rd, Everson.

 

Organic Gardening: Saturday, April 25. Join E.B. Stone’s Brenda Sage as she instructs on ways to plant using organic fertilizers and soil amendments. Free class starts at 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, 3915 Sunnyside Blvd., Marysville. (425) 334-2002, sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Art In A Pickle Barn: Thursday, April 30. This show and sale is a major event of the year to raise scholarship funds for Skagit County art students. Artists will be on hand to assist you and give demonstrations in fine art techniques and related topics. Free. Azusa Farm and Garden, 14904 Washington 20,  Mount Vernon. (360) 424-1580, www.azusafarm.com.

 

Send upcoming events details to editor@grownorthwest.com. The deadline for the April 2015 issue is March 20.

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