FINER POINTS: The Skyline Garden Club presents the “The Finer Points of Garden Design” by Frank Simpson at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Skyline Beach Club, 6041 Sands Way, Anacortes. Explore and discuss ways to bring new and interesting dimensions to the garden and to make the most of your landscape. Registration and light refreshments. $5 charge of $5 for non-members. 615-430-5437.
PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. The event features pumpkin weigh-off, pony rides, face painting, carnival games and more.
INVASIVE FOREST WEED CONTROL FIELD PRACTICUM: The Washington State University Extension forestry program is offering an invasive forest weed control field practicum for property owners. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Skagit River Woods in Concrete. Cost is $15 to $25. forestry.wsu.edu/nps/events/weeds_skagit/
AT CHARLEY’S: Charley’s Greenhouse, 17979 Highway 536, Mount Vernon. RSVP: 800-322-4707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, christiansonsnursery.com, hosts numerous activities. RSVP: 360-466-3821, 800-585-8200 or at the nursery.
Digging, Dividing and Storing Dahlias: 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 15. Kathy and John Willson will demonstrate proper and reliable ways to dig, divide and overwinter dahlias to expand your collection from year to year. $8; reservations required.
Pumpkin Festival: The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon. The event features pumpkin weigh-off, pony rides, face painting, carnival games and more.
Do It Yourself Fall Container Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 29. Do your over-summered containers need a fall makeover? In this workshop, everything you need to create a beautiful all container will be provided; including step-by-step instruction from container designer Laura Campbell. Class limited to 16, reservations required. $85.
n 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22: Becoming a Master Gardener — Learn what the requirements are for becoming a Master Gardener. Applications for the program will be available and there will be door prizes.
n 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29: Autumn is the best time to plant trees and shrubs — Chose the best plants for your conditions, and learn how to help them thrive in a changing climate.
AT THE CO-OP: Skagit Valley Food Co-op, 202 S. First St., Mount Vernon, hosts numerous workshops. RSVP at the store or 360-336-5087, ext. 139.
n 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1: Garlic 101 — Guest presenter Noah Burnell from Great Northern Garlic and Okanogan Organics will talk about everything garlic, from planting and harvesting to curing and storing.
n 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2: Composting — Callie Martin, waste reduction community education/outreach specialist for Skagit County will lead a classic on the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding.
n 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4: Herbs — A discussion on the in-depth qualities of roses, how to wildcraft sustainably and how to make and use the roses’ medicine as well as specific uses that can be beneficial throughout the seasons.