PUMPKIN FESTIVAL: The Skagit Valley Giant Pumpkin Festival will be held 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.
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.
n 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.
n Do It Yourself Fall Container Workshop: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29. 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 Becoming a Master Gardener: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 22. Find out more about the Master Gardener’s mission and activities you will have the opportunity to be involved in. Learn what the requirements are for becoming a Master Gardener. Applications for the program will be available and there will be door prizes.
n Autumn is the best time to plant trees and shrubs: 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 29. 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. 136.
n Garlic 101: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1. 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 Composting: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2. Callie Martin, waste reduction community education/outreach specialist for Skagit County, will lead a class on the basics of worm bin design, care and feeding.
n Herbs: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4. A discussion on the qualities of the rose, petals and hips, the different types 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.