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Apr 30th, 2015 | Category: Events

Mt. Baker Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. Horticulture students will be selling flowering annual plants, large tomato plants, herbs, vegetable starts and hanging baskets that have been raised over the past six months. Friday hours 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mount Baker High School, Deming.

 

Growing Veterans Plant Sale: Wednesdays through Saturdays, until May 16. Starts include 84 different varieties of tomatoes, lots of peppers, tomatillos, beans, peas, beets and much more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Growing Veterans main farm, 6458 Martin Place, Lynden. See growingveterans.org.

 

Arlington FFA Mother’s Day Plant Sale: Friday through Sunday, May 1-3. Fuchsia, geraniums, vegetables, over 10 varieties of tomatoes, baskets and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arlington High School, 18821 Crown Ridge Blvd, Arlington.

 

Lake Stevens High School FFA Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, May 1-2 and 7-9. A variety of plants, hanging baskets, container gardening and more. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 1, 7 and 8; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2 and 9. Lake Stevens High School greenhouse, 2908 113th Ave. NE.

 

Birchwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 2. Wide variety of annuals, perennials and specialty plants, shrubs, vines, vegetable starts and much more. Proceeds support the beautification of many local public gardens. 9  a.m. until noon at the Bellingham Public Library, lower level lecture room, 210 Central Avenue, Bellingham. See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale: Saturday, May 2. More than 5,000 tomatoes starts, 4,000 herb and vegetable starts, perennials, native plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, living garden art. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett. (425) 357-6010, www.snomgf.org.

 

South Whidbey Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 2. Dahlias, plants, vegetable starts, garden items, yard art, books and raffle items. Garden club members will answer questions. Proceeds help South Whidbey beautification and educational programs and scholarships. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highway 525, north of Sebo’s Hardware. (360) 341-4325.

 

NW Rabbit Breeders Spring Show: Saturday, May 2. Two open shows, two youth shows. Beef Barn at the Evergeen State Fairgrounds, Monroe. For details and entry forms, see http://wsrba.net/NWRB_Cat0515.pdf.

 

Monroe High School FFA Plant Sale: Every Saturday in May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (except for Memorial Day weekend). Annuals, perennials, baskets, vegetable starts and more. 17001 Tester Road, Monroe. Contact carusov@monroe.wednet.edu or (360) 804-4686.

 

Cinco De Mayo Auction and Dinner, benefit for Sean Humphrey House: Saturday, May  2. Bellewood Farms, Lynden. Tickets available at bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Everett Rock and Gem Club 62nd Annual Gem Show: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Hourly door prizes, special exhibits, demonstrations, raffle drawing, kids’ activities, local dealers, silent auction and a snack bar. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Everett Community College.

 

Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th annual Spring Sale: Saturday, May 2. Good selection of native trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, ground covers and ferns. 10 a.m. to noon, in the Native Plant Garden area of the Skagit Display Gardens, at WSU’s NW Research and Extension Center, 16650 State Highway 536, Mount Vernon.

 

4th Annual Bow Little Market Garden Sale and Swap: Saturday, May 2. Noon – 3 p.m. Alger Community Hall, 17835 Parkview Lane, Alger. Lots of perennial plants, seed and starts for swap and sale. Friday Creek Habitat Stewards & Skagit Conservation District will give away native plants. Help yourself to the free pile or bring contributions for it. Music 1 – 3 p.m. Native plant class available. Sponsored by Chuckanut Transition, Skagit Conservation District and Friday Creek Habitat Stewards. See www.bowlittlemarket.wordpress.com.

 

Livestock Fencing and Off-Stream Watering: Saturday, May 2. Join Snohomish Conservation District farm planner Brett de Vries as he discusses options for fencing and off-stream watering that protect your animals and keep streams clean and healthy. Free. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Skagit Farmers Supply, 8815 272nd St NW, Stanwood.

 

11th annual Bellingham Procession of the Species: Saturday, May 2. All welcome to participate in costume. Line up begins at 3:30 p.m. behind the Bellingham Library. Three rules apply: No written or spoken words, no live animals, and no motorized vehicles. Gather at Maritime Heritage Park for closing activities. For more Procession events, see http://bpots.org.

 

Rhododendrons & Azaleas: Saturday, May 2. From the classics to the latest hybrids, come and rediscover rhododendrons and azaleas. Free class. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville, www.sunnysidenursery.net.

 

2015 Annual Rhododendron Truss Show: Saturday, May 2. See a fabulous display of rhododendrons that are being grown locally. Free event at 10 a.m. presented by The American Rhododendron Society’s Pilchuck Chapter. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville. www.sunnysidenursery.net.

 

Applique Beading with Lummi Artist Earline Hanson: Saturday, May 2. Earline will demonstrate the art of sewing beads onto leather using the colors and pattern of the Native American medicine wheel. Audience members will be able to make their own pin or barrette. Space is limited. Free program. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, (360) 305-3637.

 

Wind Poppy Nursery Plant Sale Fundraiser for Pioneer Meadows: Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. This year the farm’s annual spring sale will be held at Pioneer Meadows Montessori for a school fundraiser. Flowering perennials, grasses, and hanging baskets will be available, and the elementary children will sell tomato starts and refreshments. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 2377 Douglas Road, Ferndale.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, May 3. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy available, too. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast. Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road. For more information call (360) 739-9605.

 

Celebrate Moms with Garden Spot Style: May 3-10. Spring flowers are blooming! Be sure to bring your special lady on Mother’s Day for a nursery tour, while we serve coffee and decadent cake in the garden. Garden Spot Nursery, Belingham.

 

Mother’s Day Tea Recipes: Tuesday, May 5. Sharon Eldridge, owner of the Old Towne Grainery Tea Room & Galleria, will transform Gretchens Kitchen into a proper tearoom for this class on Mother’s Day recipes. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Canning 101 with Susy Hymas: Tuesdays, May 5, 12 and 19. This three-session demonstration course covers the techniques and equipment you will need to safely can fruit, quick pickles, salsa, and jams, as well as pressure can vegetables, seafood, and meats. Instructor Susy Hymas has been a Certified Master Food Preserver for over 15 years. $59 per person. 6:30 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Bookworms Gardening Club: Wednesdays, May 6 and 20. Kids plan, plant, tend, and harvest their garden in the library backyard while learning about the natural world around them. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month during the spring and summer. 4 p.m. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

 

Birchwood Garden Club’s May Meeting: Rain Gardens with Janaki Kilgore: Wednesday, May 6. Janaki’s company, Wonder-Flora, specializes in the rain garden field for both commercial and residential clients. She will present advantages, requirements, spectacular examples, setup and maintenance. 7 p.m. Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham.Birchwood Garden Club’s membership is open to anyone in Whatcom or Skagit county.  See www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

 

Growing Groceries: The Kitchen Garden Herbs: Wednesday, May 6. Learn the practical side of growing herbs at home with herb-grower extraordinaire EagleSong Evans Gardener. Each student will go home with an herb for their garden. Cost is $15 per person. 6:30-9:30 p.m. WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Register online at GrowHerbs.brownpapertickets.com or download the form at snohomish.wsu.edu/growherbs and mail with your check. For more information, contact Kate Halstead at (425) 357-6024 or khalstead@wsu.edu.

 

Basics of Sewing w/ Eliza Andrews: Wednesday and Thursday, May 6-7. Get familiar with your own machine while sewing reusable cloth napkins. Learn how to wind a bobbin, thread the machine, and cut and sew fabric. 6-8 p.m. $50 per person. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Discover Buffers: Hedgerow Field Day: Thursday, May 7. Walk around hedgerow field sites and see what they look like and how they work. 10 a.m. to noon. Meet at the Ten Mile Grange, 6985 Hannegan Road, Lynden, at 9:45 for registration and van load-up. Event hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District and Washington State University Extension. Free lunch provided. RSVP to (360) 526-2381. See http://www.whatcomcd.org/dairy-speaker-series.

 

Better with Bacon with Cindy McKinney: Thursday, May 7. Cindy McKinney demonstrates bacon in recipes for delicious results. $39 per person, $7 wine option. 6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

Cloud Mountain Farm Center Speaker Series: On Farm Compost: Thursday, May 7. On-farm compost production offers farmers an opportunity to create a high quality soil amendment out of local wastes, and reduce farm input costs with a low level of labor. To ensure farmers have access to current technology and understand how to create effective compost systems, Chris Henderson of Small Acres and Cloud Mountain Farm Center will host Andy Bary for this 3-hour interactive discussion. There will be working compost piles on site with easy to replicate aeration systems for attendees to view. 2-5 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson.

 

French-Milling Soaps: Fun and Fancy with Liz Moncrief: Thursday, May 7. Take your natural soap to the next level. French Milling Soaps have no impurities, smoother than normal soap, lasts many times longer, and consistent in fragrance, color, and texture. 5:30pm-7:30 p.m. Ages teen to adult. Class fee is $67 ($8 supply fee paid to instructor). Register with Burlington Parks and Recreation Dept. at 755-9649.

 

Mother’s Day Upcycled Flower Demo: Friday, May 8. Watch Molly Chambers demonstrate a variety of flower making techniques using upcycled garments, ribbons, lace, and other odds and ends. 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

The Bounty of this Place: Glacier Peak High School Student-led Farmers Market: Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. Friday 2:30 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 12:30 to 4 p.m. Vegetable and flower starts, art, baked goods, soap, candles and bath products. Students created many of the plants and items for sale. Glacier Peak High School, 7401 144th Place SE, Snohomish. Proceeds will benefit the Future Farmers of America – Supervised Agricultural Experience.

 

No-Sew Braided Rugs w/ Kirsten Wert: Saturday, May 9. This four strand technique eliminates the need for sewing braids together and results in a sturdy rug able to withstand the modern washer and dryer. 2-3:30 p.m. $5. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Nuno Felted Scarf w/ Donna Hunter: Tuesday, May 12. Make a soft, drapeable scarf by felting wool onto a light woven fabric of silk, rayon or cotton. 1-5 p.m. $35. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Alterations and Mending w/ Teresa Remple and Rachel Taylor: Wednesday, May 13. In this practical skills class learn to sew a button onto a garment, hem pants or a skirt, and how to apply a patch. 1-3 p.m. $20. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Friends of the Deming Library Spring Book and Plant Sale: Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, 15-16. A super selection of plants to add to your spring garden. Money raised at this sale goes to the Friends of the Deming Library to pay for Deming Library building maintenance and library programs. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Book sale open during the week days May 11 through 14 for self service. Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Highway, (360) 305-3600.

WSU Whatcom County Extension Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9. Locally grown tomatoes, perennials, herbs, fruit trees and natives for sale. Master Gardeners available to answer questions at the Plant Clinic and Information Booth. Mini workshops, food sales, vendors and displays. Proceeds support the WSU Whatcom Master Gardener program. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hovander Homestead Park, Ferndale.

 

Skagit County Master Gardener Sale: Saturday, May 9. Over 2,500 tomatoes (39 varieties), veggie and flower starts, native plants, perennials, herbs, trees, shrubs, and Mother’s Day gifts. Educational booths, art, food, plant and other vendors. Master Gardener help with gardening questions. Recycle your used plant pots. Enjoy early day gas engines, classic tractors and antique farm machinery too. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, Building F. Free admission and parking. See a list of plant varieties at http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/plant-fair/.

 

Using Tunnels & Hoophouses for Productive Gardening: Saturday, May 9. Use of high tunnels and hoop houses can bring you success in crops that often fail out in the open. Discuss hoop house construction, planting, pruning and training, and management issues. 10:30 a.m. Free. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson. (360) 966-5859, www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org.

 

Arlington Garden Club annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9. Perennials, bedding plants, veggie starts, shrubs and sedums for sale. Coffee and baked goods also sold with proceeds towards improvements along the Centennial Trail. 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Plaza by City Hall, 238 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. See www.arlingtongardenclub.org.

 

Salvage Inspired Furniture Design: Saturday, May 9. 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. 3 p.m. Everson Library, 104 Kirsch Drive, (360) 305-3600.

 

Monroe Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 9. Vegetable starts, hostas, hydrangeas, irises, flowering currants, fuchsias, rhubarb, handcrafted items and more. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe.

 

Everett Garden Club Sale: Saturday, May 9. Assortment of indoor and outdoor plants, garden art and plant related items. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out), corner of 52nd and Evergreen Way (Party Display & Costume parking lot) in Everett. See everettgardenclub.weebly.com.

 

Island County Master Gardener Foundation: Saturday, May 9. Perennials, native plants, shrubs, veggies, plant clinic and personal shoppers. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, Whidbey Island.

 

Mother’s Day on the Farm: Sunday, May 10. Mimosa orchard tour and country brunch menu, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tickets $25, kids 3-10 $10, available at bellewoodfarms.com. Kids Open Mic, free Mom’s Massage and DIY Bath Salt Bar. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.

 

Sweet and Savory India with Balabhadra: Monday, May 11. India is known for its treats both savory and sweet, and this class has both. 6:30 p.m. $35 per person. Community  Co-op, Bellingham. Call (360) 383-3200.

 

WSU Know & Grow Workshop: Organic Practices for the Home Gardener: Tuesday, May 12. Learn what you can do in the way of sanitation, monitoring, and managing your garden from an organic perspective. WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardeners in partnership with WSU – Mount Vernon NWREC. 1-2:30 p.m. at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC Sakuma Auditorium, 16650 State Route 536 (Memorial Highway).

 

State FFA Convention: May 13-17. Local students attending the State FFA Convention at Washington State University.

 

Spring Chicken with Cindy McKinney: Thursday, May 14. Make the most of your chicken. $39 per person, $7 wine option.  6 p.m. Cordata Co-op, Bellingham. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Cloud Mountain Farm Center Speaker Series: Benefits and Methods of Conservation and How Your Local Conservation District Can Help: Thursday, May 14. Aneka Sweeney from the Whatcom Conservation District will share the history and mission of Conservation Districts as well as how your local Conservation District can provide technical, educational and financial support to your small acreage or large acreage farm. 3-5 p.m. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson.

 

Nourishing Herbs with Kelly Ann Atterberry: Thursday, May 14. Skagit Valley Food Coop in Room 309. 6 to 7 p.m. $ 5 donation. Class is held every 2nd Thursday of the month.

 

Spring Garden ‘n Gifts Faire: Friday and Saturday, May 15-16. Crafts, artists, home business consultants, garden/plant vendors. Vendor applications available. Friday hours noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday hours 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649.

 

International Plowing Match: Saturday, May 16. The International Plowing Association puts on this historic event and is an active group of volunteers consisting of multi-generational plowing families and people interested in preserving the tradition of the Plowing Match. Come out and watch these beautiful animals guided by plowmen and women plowing a field as in the past. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Berthusen Park, Lynden.

 

Upcycled Drawstring Backpack w/ Lisa Schessler: Saturday, May 16. Learn to upcycle a pair of donated bus driver pants into a handy drawstring backpack. All supplies. 1-3:30 p.m. $20. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Junk in Your Trunk Event: Saturday, May 16. Enjoy a “garage sale” style event in the parking lot around the Burlington Parks and Recreation office on Saturday during the Spring Garden Gift Faire from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors will be assigned one slot to park, and one to set up sales. Rent a space for $20. Use your truck, trunk, tables, etc. to sell your stuff. Space is limited. Pre-register with Burlington Parks and Recreation at 755-9649.

 

Spring Garden Gala: Saturday, May 16. Monroe High School’s garden baskets and flowers, kids garden planting station, garden art, bake sale, and representative from Snohomish County Noxious Weed on hand. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 409 W. Main St., Monroe.

 

Gouda Cheesemaking Class: Saturday, May 16. Learn to make hard goat gouda with guest instructor and artisan cheesemaker Corina Sahlin. Course fee applies. Cedar Mountain Herb School. http://cedarmountainherbs.com/school.htm

 

Rome Grange Community Garage Sale: Saturday, May 16. Lots for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rome Grange in Bellingham. The Grange will be taking donations May 14-15 and arrangements can be made for those with donated items who need pick-up. Contact judyvanb25@gmail.com.

 

Cascade Cuts Annual Plant Sale: Saturday, May 16. This wholesale perennial, annual, veggie and herb nursery is open to the public one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. Ornamentals, herbs, flowers and more available for purchase. Check out coffee trees, hops, compost tea machines, and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham. For more information, contact Erin@sconnect.org.

 

Kiwanis ~ Wine, Cheese & Chocolate: Saturday, May 16.  Piano Stylings of Jon Mutchler.  6 – 9 p.m.  Tickets $25, available at bellewoodfarms.com. Bellewood Acres, Lynden.

 

Pilchuck Fuchsia Society: Saturday, May 16. Lots of different varieties of fuchsias for sale, hostas, day lilies, ground covers, geraniums, tomato plants, vegetable starts and herbs, and more. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2513 Cleveland Ave., Everett. Call (425) 252-6215.

 

Celebrating 15 years of Stimpson: Saturday, May 16. The community is invited to join Whatcom Land Trust, Whatcom County Parks and Recreation, the Rotary Club of Bellingham and the Department of Natural Resources from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve as we “Celebrate 15 years of Stimpson” and explore the history of the nature reserve. Naturalists with the Whatcom Land Trust, North Cascades Audubon Society and other organizations will be stationed along the 1.2 mile Geneva Pond Loop Trail to educate participants about the flora and fauna at the reserve. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 2076 Lake Louise Rd., Bellingham.

 

Spring Book, Bake, & Plant Sale at the North Fork Community Library: Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. Find great prices and a large selection of used books, baked goods, and plants for your garden. All funds raised go toward maintenance of the North Fork Community Library. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  North Fork Library, 7506 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, (360) 305-3600.

 

33rd Annual Bay View Women’s Run & Walk: Saturday, May 16. All are invited to run or walk to help address domestic violence, sexual assault and women’s health issues. The 2-mile Run & Walk, 5K and 10K Runs will start from the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center in Bay View. See bayviewwomensrun.com for more information and to preregister.

 

Celebration of Food Festival: Sunday, May 17. A free, family event to taste, explore, and experience food. Free food samples, demos, displays, and items for purchase (see a list of vendors online). Gardening demos, displays, and activities by farm and garden professionals will show how to grow your own food and where to purchase locally grown food. Resources include experts, displays, books, and resources will be available for children and adults to learn everything about growing to cooking to preserving food. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Presented by Food Revolution Snohomish County. See http://www.edcc.edu/foodfest/.

 

Alaskan Halibut with Robert Fong: Tuesday, May 19. Enjoy Alaska’s first-of-the-season big white fish done three ways. 6:30 p.m. $49 per person. Downtown Co-op. Register at (360) 383-3200.

 

Grilling Recipes for Memorial Day: Wednesday, May 20. Get ready to grill with Danny Geer from La Conner Seafood and Prime Rib Restaurant. In this class students will learn unique recipes to spice things up on the grill. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Ski to Sea Book Sale! Wednesday through Saturday, May 20-23. Lots of books and media for all ages at the Bellingham Public Library. Most items $1. All proceeds benefit the Bellingham Public Library. Contact (360) 778-7250 or friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

 

The Flag Project w/ Thor Myhre: Saturday, May 23. If you were a country, what would your flag look like? Create it with recycled materials in this class. 2-4 p.m. $7 adults, $4 students. Ragfinery, 1421 N Forest St, Bellingham. (360) 738-6977, Ragfinery.com.

 

Carnivorous Bog Gardening: Saturday, May 23. Join MaryAnn Sudkamp for this class to learn about the best plants to use and how to create a functional yet beautiful bog garden for your yard. 10 a.m. Free class. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.

 

Memorial Day Barbecue: Monday, May 25. Benefit for Growing Veterans. Celebrate, build a human flag, and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bellewood Acres, Lynden. See bellewoodfarms.com.

 

Recipes from Around the Mediterranean Sea: Wednesday, May 27. Chef Nahla Gholam will bring the flavors of Lebanon to Gretchens with recipes. 6:30 p.m. $40 per person. Gretchens Kitchen, 509 S 1st St, Mount Vernon, (360) 336-8747, www.gretchenskitchen.com.

 

Summer Blooming Shrubs: Saturday, May 30. Learn about the best plants to choose for your yard, how to design your landscape using them and  proper care and feeding techniques. Free class. 10 a.m. Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville.

 

Northwest All Breed Goat Club Show: Saturday and Sunday, May 30-31. The Northwest All Breed Goat Club is hosting its first ever ABGA sanctioned show. Entry forms available on the website at www.northwestgoatclub.com.

 

 

June

Cool-Season Gardening: Growing Fall & Winter Edibles with Bill Thorness: Wednesday, June 3. The Growing Groceries program is proud to present an engaging evening with author and grower Bill Thorness about Cool-Season Gardening. Thorness has written Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead and Grow Vegetables Year Round and Edible Heirlooms: Heritage Vegetables for the Maritime Garden. Cost is $20 per person and pre-paid registration is required. Held at WSU Snohomish County Extension’s Cougar Auditorium in McCollum Park, 600 128th St SE, Everett. Register online at CoolSeasonGardening.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, contact Kate Halstead at (425) 357-6024, khalstead@wsu.edu.

 

Summer Care in the Vineyard: Saturday, June 6. Look at shoot positioning, summer pruning, bunch thinning, water management, and disease management. All of these issues are critical to the production of quality grapes for eating and wine. 1:30-3 p.m. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. Cloud Mountain Farm Center, Everson.

 

Using Plants in the Japanese Garden: Saturday, June 6. Join Hans Wressnigg of NIWA Japanese-Inspired Landscapes to learn about the role of plants in Japanese gardens and the selection criteria for seasonal beauty, emphasis on texture and subtle shades, as well as the structure of woody plants. 11 a.m. to noon. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon.  Reservations required, call (360) 466-3821, $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

The Traveling Gardener: Victoria’s Butchart Gardens: Saturday, June 6. Join expert photographers John and Kathy Willson, for a slide presentation tour of these beautiful grounds. 1-2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, call (360) 466-3821, $8 class fee. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Northwest All Breed Goat Club Dairy Show: June 6-7. The group will host a full ADGA sanctioned dairy goat show and a dual MDGA/TMGR sanctioned mini dairy goat show. Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. See www.northwestgoatclub.com.

 

Aeroponics Demonstration: Saturday, June 6. Allyson McCormick will show you how to be in control of your food from seed to harvest right in your backyard, deck, patio, or even indoors. 4-5 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations reqested, call (360) 466-3821. Complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Growing Mushrooms Workshop: June 7. This on-farm workshop will show you practical techniques for growing mushrooms in your home and garden, focusing on a few select edible species that thrive in the Northwest climate. Tour the Cascadia Mushrooms’ growing facility, meet the farmers and get a hands-on education in growing at home. Cost applies. For details, visit cascadiamushrooms.com.

 

Rome Grange Community Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, June 7. Featuring made from scratch pancakes, french toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice and coffee. Biscuits and gravy available, too. Meet and greet local politicians, as they serve you coffee and breakfast.  Adults $5, kids 6-10 $2, kids 5 and under free. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rome Grange, 2821 Mt. Baker Highway, about 1/2 mile east of the “Y” Road. For more information call (360) 739-9605.

 

Sorticulture: Friday through Sunday, June 12-14. Everett’s Garden Arts Festival takes place at Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd in Everett. Garden art, nurseries, gardening experts, food, music and a wine garden. Admission is free. Go to www.everettwa.org.

 

Summer Propagation-Softwood Cuttings: Saturday, June 13. Propagation of many woody plants is most effective during the summer growing season, and if a few simple guidelines are followed, softwood and semi-ripe cuttings can be very successful. We’ll learn how to clonally propagate plants during the growing season as we discuss timing of cut, condition of wood, and caring for cuttings during and after the rooting process. No registration required. Be prepared to be outside. 10:30 a.m. Cloud Mountain Farm, Everson.

 

Clematis Made Easy: Saturday, June 13. Laura Watson will discuss how to choose a clematis, planing, pruning groups, which do well in small gardens and containers, and more. 11 a.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations required, call (360) 466-3821. Class fee $8. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

June Bloom Walk with John Christianson: Saturday, June 13. Join John Christianson at the 11-acre English Garden of La Conner Flats, adjacent to Christianson’s Nursery. The walk begins at our Schoolhouse Garden. 1-2 p.m. Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. Reservations requested, call (360) 466-3821. Complimentary. www.christiansonsnursery.com.

 

Send upcoming events to editor@grownorthwest.com. Additional events will be posted online at www.grownorthwest.com. 

 

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