At Home: Farmers market flowers

Last week for the 2018 Port Susan Farmers Market in Stanwood.

Here’s a roundup of area home and garden activities.

Tour Camano’s backyard habitats

Camano Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden Tour kicks off 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 22, on Camano Island. Start at the blue Island County Multipurpose Center, 141 N. East Camano Drive, to pick up a map for the free self-guided tour.

The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project of Friends of Camano Island Parks sponsors the tour. For more information, call 360-387-2236 before tour day or e-mail

Annual rose festival set at nursery

The annual A Rosy Day Out rose festival is happening 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in the Schoolhouse Garden at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon.

Seattle rosarian Jeff Wyckoff will offer advice at 11 a.m. on choosing the correct rose plant and where to place it. Author Nita-Jo Rountree will discuss Kordes roses and how to grow them at 1 p.m.

Key speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson will talk at 3 p.m. about their favorite roses and rose companion plants.

A complimentary Ice Cream Social at 2 p.m. will feature Mallard’s Rose Ice Cream for all visitors.

The Tri-Valley Rose Society will host its rose display in the Schoolhouse and invites area residents to enter their roses between 9 and 10:30 a.m. for judging for Best in Show, Best Fra-grant Rose and Best Floral Display using perennials with roses. Winner receives a $50 gift certificate. Rosarians will answer questions and offer rose advice.

Smoke alarms free to households in need

Free smoke alarms are available right now for installation by the American Red Cross.

Community members are encouraged to reach out and register households that are in need, those that cannot afford to purchase smoke alarms or for those who are physically unable to install them. A smoke alarm in your home can cut the risk of death from a fire in half.

Request smoke alarms and installation at

Haggen to host plant problem clinic

Snohomish County Master Gardeners will offer a Plant Problem Clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through June in the plant area in front of Haggen Food & Pharmacy, 26603 72nd Ave. NW, Stanwood. Bring a cutting or photo of the plant problem. Call 425-357-6010 to talk to a WSU Master Gardener.

Farmers markets up and running

Two local markets open this month to promote the idea of shopping locally with local agricultural producers, food artisans and craftspeople.

• Camano Commons Farmers Market opened June 11, 3-7 p.m. at 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., Camano Island.

• Stanwood Farmers Market opened June 7 and will run every Friday afternoon through Oct. 11, with a gathering of farmers, local producers, makers and more, in the parking lot west of the Amtrak Station.

The market, renamed this year, makes fresh local food accessible to all and cultivates long-term economic vitality for the Stanwood and Camano Island communities.

CTA turns fabric into scholarships

Snohomish County Clothing Textile Advisors will hold the ninth annual CTA Fabric Sale on Saturday, June 15, at Valley View Bible Church, 9717 31st Ave. SE, Everett. Early shopping admission will be limited.

CTA is collecting donations of fabric, notions, needlework, yarn, related supplies and equipment for the sale. Proceeds will go to local scholarships, grants and sewing classes. To inquire or donate, call Arlene at 425-743-0118 or

Learn about birds and pollinators

Skagit’s Birds & Pollinators is a workshop beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon. Learn from avid birder Bob Hamblin about local birds and other vital insects that pollinate our food, plant, and flower supply. Learn which plants will draw these pollinators into your garden and which plants to help you keep your garden alive and well. $8. Reservations are required; call 360-466-3821.

Beekeepers meet in Stanwood

Stanwood Camano Beekeepers meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 and July 10, in the Stanwood Public Library, 9701 271st St. NW. To confirm, call 360-629-3132.

Camano quilters share skills

Camano Island Quilt Guild,, has several chapters that meet at different times and days.

• Camano Island Quilters meet 10 a.m. to noon and 6:30-8:30 p.m. first Wednesday each month (next is July 3) at United Methodist Church, Stanwood.

• CIQ Applique Group meets 10 a.m. to noon second Wednesdays at Skagit Regional Clinics, 9631 269th St. NW, Stanwood. Learn to applique or enhance your skills. To inquire, contact Mary Young,

• Cama Beach Quilters meet 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays at Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island. A Discover Pass is required for parking. To inquire, email

Send home and garden workshops, tours and other events to for publication the second Tuesday each month. 360-629-2155.

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