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, environmentally friendly gardening practices, composting, attracting birds to your backyard, bees as pollinators, landscaping for wildlife, water conservation tips, building healthy soils and more.
The course for ages 17 and up will be held on Wednesdays, March 20 through April 24, at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 10441 Bay View Edison Road. Free for local residents. The registration deadline is March 15. Contact Kristi Carpenter, Skagit Conservation District, at 360-428-4313 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. extension.wsu.edu/skagit.
AT CHRISTIANSON’S: Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon, hosts numerous activities. christiansonsnursery.com. RSVP: 360-466-3821, 800-585-8200 or at the nursery.
n Pruning for Aesthetics: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9. $8.
n Growing Great Roses: 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9. $8.
n Designing a Four-Season Hummingbird Garden: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16. $8.
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.