SICBA SHOW: The Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association will host the 39th Annual SICBA Home & Garden Show on Friday through Sunday, March 22-24, at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon. The event will feature 130 indoor and outdoor vendors and displays.

New this year are Make & Take classes. Topics include calligraphy, succulent gardens and painting a canvas or wood pallet design.

Attendees can taste local cider, wine, beer and spirits from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday while enjoying live music, food trucks and vendors.

Additionally, there will be three playhouses created by SICBA members and donated to charities. The general public will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets from the charities and win one of the playhouses.

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BACKYARD CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP: The Skagit Conservation District is accepting applications for its Backyard Conservation Stewardship short course. The program will feature tips for native plant landscaping, composting, attracting birds to your backyard, bees as pollinators, water conservation tips and more.

The course for ages 17 and up will be held on Wednesdays through April 24 at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bay View Edison Road. Free for local residents. Contact Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District, at 360-428-4313 or

GROW YOUR GROCERIES: Join a 12-part series on all aspects of home gardening for food production at WSU Skagit County Extension, 11768 Westar Lane, Burlington. Classes are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through April 30. $15 per class.

AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, hosts numerous activities. RSVP: 360-466-3821, 800-585-8200 or at the nursery.

n Starting, Planting and Staking Dahlias Made Easy: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 23. $8.

n Perfect Peonies: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. $8.

SPRING GARDEN PARTY: Help the Central Skagit Library plant their community garden from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the library, 802 Ball St., Sedro-Woolley.


NO DEER: The Skyline Garden Club presents “Not tonight, deer ... Gardening with Deer Pressure” at 1:30 p.m. Monday, April 15, at the Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes. Doors at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for non-members. All welcome. 615-430-5437.

LANDSCAPE: The Skyline Garden Club presents Northwest horticultural expert Marianne Binetti, who will be presenting, “Layering the landscape: The key to lazy gardening” at 1:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes. Doors at 1 p.m. Cost is $5 for non-members. All welcome. 615-430-5437.

— Submit home and garden information in the Events Calendar at or to or call 360-416-2155.

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