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Workshops: Hydrangeas, seed starting, composting, propogation and more

Apr 3rd, 2016 | Category: Growing

by Grow Northwest

April is here, and this month sure came in as lovely as a lamb. The forecast is looking to be amazing, buds are blooming, the dirt is being worked, plans are sketched, and as always, there are workshops to explore and learn. Following are some great local classes and events to consider this month.

Hydrangeas: This is not a class, rather a gardening meeting, where great minds can be found. “What, How and Wow of Hydrangeas” will be presented by the Birchwood Garden Club on Wednesday, April 6. Guest speaker Nita-Jo Rountree will talk about hydrangeas, have illustrations of the latest and greatest, as well as tried and true and rare and unusual cultivars. She will include pruning techniques, basic care, how to dry the flowers and how to use them in the garden. The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. in the Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room, 121 Prospect Street, Bellingham. For more information, see www.birchwoodgardenclub.org.

Beginning Vegetable Gardening: There’s a lot to discover at Cloud Mountain Farm Center (CMFC) through their workshops series. This free event will show you how to successfully grow a wide variety of produce throughout the year, including getting started, planning your plantings, managing soil and fertility inputs, and timing for succession harvests. This starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 9. Participants should be prepared to be outside. CMFC is located at 6906 Goodwin Road, Everson. Call (360) 966-5859 for more information.

Veggie starts at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Want to learn about beginning vegetable gardening and seed starting? Head to the CMFC’s classes on April 9 to learn the basics and more.  COURTESY PHOTO

Veggie starts at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. Want to learn about beginning vegetable gardening and seed starting? Head to the CMFC’s classes on April 9 to learn the basics and more. COURTESY PHOTO

Seed Starting Class: This event follows the Beginning Vegetable Gardening at CMFC, starts at 1:30 p.m. In a hands-on setting, participants will learn seed starting mediums, containers, sanitation, and fertility, and go home with a flat of seeds ready to grow. Registration is required, and includes a course fee of $30. If you are just starting out this season, or want to brush up on your knowledge, we recommend attending both classes to help with your veggie plans from start to harvest.

Vermiculture/Composting: The Blaine Community Orchards for Resources and Education (CORE) have done a great job bringing a variety of classes to the Blaine Library. This class on Saturday, April 16 will show you the composting basics using bins and how to manage worms indoors and out. The free class starts at 10 at the Blaine Library, 610 3rd Street, Blaine. For more details, call (360) 305-3637.

Bring The Magic Of Butterflies To Your Garden: For those wanting to learn how to attract butterflies, a good resource is the free class with Laine Wheatley on Saturday, April 16 at the Garden Spot Nursery, 900 Alabama Street, Bellingham. She will show you how to create garden way stations that support the life cycles of native butterflies and the plants they crave. The class starts at 9 a.m. Register by calling (360) 676-5480.

Propagating Outdoor Plants: Monday, April 18. The Skyline Garden Club will discuss propagating outdoor plants through division, cuttings, and layering. The cost is $5 for non-members, and all are welcome. The program starts at 1:30 p.m. at the Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way in Anacortes. Call Mary Lou Childs at (360) 299-8280.

For more events happening this month, see our calendar section.

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