Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Some events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Events may be canceled or postponed. Check with each venue for the latest information.

Best of the West Home Tour: The Modern Architecture + Design Society is hosting a Best of the West livestreaming event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 12, highlighting modern homes in Seattle, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Vancouver. Architects, builders, designers and homeowners will walk through the homes via virtual 360-degree imaging, discussing their projects in detail. Tickets, one per device, are $15-$29.99. Watch live and ask questions and/or rewatch later and explore the homes on your own at a later time. Go to mads.media/botw for more information.

Tour the arboretum: Still playing it safe? You can tour the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens virtually. Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com and click on the Virtual Tour tab. View dozens of photos of the sculpture garden, rock garden, Japanese maple grove, conifer garden, small urban tree walk and more. Or tour the gardens by appointment in groups no larger than five. Plan you tour one month in advance and make an appointment by calling 425-257-8597 or emailing [email protected].

Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation’s annual Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series runs Jan. 8 through April 9. All classes are Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $20 per class or $85 for the series. Call 425-357-6010 or go to www.gardenlectures.com for more information. The presentation schedule: Jan. 8, with Patrick Spence on “Two Worlds, One Iris (Unfortunately!);” Jan. 22, with Karen Chapman on “Deer Resistant Design;” Feb. 5, with Ciscoe Morris on “Hummingbird Madness;” Feb. 12, with Christina Pfeiffer on “Successful Gardening Amid Tree Roots;” March 5, with Marilyn Glenn on “Clematis — Selection and Design with the Queen of Vines;” March 19, with Gail Langellotto on “Enhancing Urban & Suburban Landscapes to Protect Pollinators” and April 9, with Jairul Rahaman on “Plants & Fungi — A Match Made In Heaven.”

Growing Groceries Education Series: The Snohomish County Master Gardner Foundation presents the Growing Groceries Education Series runs Jan. 6 through May 19. All classes are Wednesdays from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. via Zoom. Cost is $5 per class or $50 for the series. Go to extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/event/gg1 for more information. The presentation schedule: Jan. 6, with Pete Mackay on “Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants;” Jan. 13, with Tom Walters on “Raising Blueberries in Western Washington;” Jan. 20, with Diane Decker-Ihle and Lynn Riley on “Starting a Vegetable Garden;” Jan. 27, with Travis Alexander on “Raising Apple and Pear Trees in Western Washington;” Feb. 3, with Jerelyn Resnick on “Seed Starting and Raising Transplants;” Feb. 10, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Raising Vegetables: Onion and Beet Families;” Feb. 17, with Jackie Trimble on “Compost Makes the Garden Go ‘Round;” Feb. 24, with Tom Walters on “Raising Strawberries and Cane Berries;” March 3, with Diane Decker-Ihle and Lynn Riley on “Vegetables in Containers and Year-Round Salad Greens;” March 10, with Kate Ryan on “Raising Culinary and Tea Herbs;” March 17, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Incorporating Edibles into Your Landscape;” March 24, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Raising Vegetables: Peas and Potatoes;” March 31, with Richard Simpson on “Basics of Irrigation;” April 7, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Raising Perennial Vegetables;” April 14, with Pete Mackay on “Introduction to Integrated Pest Management;” April 21, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Raising Vegetables: Broccoli, Cabbage and Kale Family;” April 28, with Martha Clatterbaugh on “Insects in the Garden: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful;” May 5, with Kate Ryan on “Raising Vegetables: Carrot, Lettuce and Corn Families;” May 12, with Kate Ryan on “Raising Vegetables: Tomato, Pepper and Eggplant Family” and May 19, with Diane Decker-Ihle on “Raising Vegetables: Cucumber, Squash and Melon Family.”

Home horticulture: Learn to be a better home gardener and steward of the environment this winter. WSU – Snohomish County Extension is hosting an online Home Horticulture Training Jan. 9 through April 24. All classes are Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon via Zoom. You will need to pass weekly online quizzes and a final exam to earn a Home Horticulture Certificate of Completion. Homework will average three to five hours per week. All training is open book and no memorization is required. Registration closes Dec. 18. Tuition costs $300. Register at mastergardener.wsu.edu/home-horticulture-training.

Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call, email or set up a web conference with a master gardener. Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 425-357-6010, email [email protected], or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at extension.wsu.edu/snohomish/garden/master-gardener-program.

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