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Native plants for a changing climate

As our summers get hotter and drier and our winters wetter and colder, how do we choose plants that are most likely to survive in our gardens? The next meeting of the Snohomish Garden Club will look at the most readily available native plants for your garden, their value to wildlife and pollinators, and their tolerance to extreme weather events. The club will also talk about where to buy native plants and a little about how to propagate them yourself.

Guest speaker is Brenda Cunningham, manager of a native plant display garden for the Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society. She is a retired biologist and has worked for the Skagit Land Trust, the National Park Service and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The purpose of the show garden is to show homeowners how they can incorporate more native plants into their home landscape.

The meeting will be held on May 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the Snohomish Senior Center, 506 4th St., Snohomish. Cost os $15 for non-members. Register online at snohomishgardenclub.com.

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale returns

The annual Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale will be held May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the three parking lots surrounding the offices of WSU Snohomish County Extension, 600 128th St. SE, at the south end of McCollum Park in South Everett .

Choose from a wide range of tomato plants, herbs and vegetable starts. Find your favorite perennials, shade plants, hostas, dahlias and bog plants, most of which have been raised, divided and potted by master gardeners.

All proceeds benefit the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support the WSU-Snohomish County Master Gardener Program.

For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 425-357-6010 or visit www.snomgf.org/plant-sale.html.

Monroe Garden Club

After a two-year hiatus, the Monroe Garden Club’s plant sale returns on May 7th.

The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Monroe Community Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe. Payment can be made by cash or check – no cards.

Arlington Garden Club

The Arlington Garden Club will hold its annual plant sale in the plaza in front of City Hall on Olympic Avenue in Arlington.

The sale is scheduled for May 7th from 9am to 2pm.

The members of the association have been busy for months digging up, dividing and potting plants, shrubs and trees. Also, some members have grown desirable plants and vegetables from seed and they will be ready for the garden.

Depending on club raising, one or two scholarships per year are awarded to a local high school graduate pursuing an agricultural or environmental degree from a Washington State school. Donations also go to participating local high school FFA programs and the WSU Extension, Agriculture and Horticulture departments, as well as the City of Arlington and the Evergreen Arboretum.

This year, club members also paint stones with the colors of the Ukrainian flag, drawing a heart in the center. The association asks for donations for the children of Ukraine who are staying in Poland. All monies received go to UNICEF and in return for your donation you will receive a stone for your garden.

The workshop deals with plant combinations

Garden designer and author Nita-Jo Rountree will lead the Perfect Plant Combinations for Any Garden program on May 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Everett Public Library, 2702 Hoyt Ave., Everett. The program can be viewed in person at the library or online at www.crowdcast.io/e/plantcombos.

Rountree helps gardeners learn how to easily combine plantings in borders and containers to achieve the perfect look. The program is free and open to everyone.

Both in-person and online participants must register at www.crowdcast.io/e/plantcombos.

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