If you find yourself out weeding your garden on a whim and only have a few minutes to spare, try this tip. Hide black or green gallon pots (or larger) in and around your garden tucked behind shrubs or trees and out of sight. When you get a chance to garden for a few minutes you usually end up with handfuls of weeds. Instead, grab one of the black pots and toss your weeds in. Then, when you have more time, take your wheelbarrow around the garden and collect the weeds from the full pots.
Raspberries by AGC member Gomer Thomas
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Community and Partner Links
We're often asked for resources and information regarding our local communities. Arlington Garden Club is proud to share our growing list to help you find information on plants, your local community connections and beyond.
Sunnyside Nursery, Marysville, WA:
Sunnyside Nursery frequently partners with the Arlington Garden club on projects and education.
City of Arlington, WA:
Our garden club has partnered many projects with the City of Arlington. We maintain the Mayor's Garden in front of City Hall.
Snohomish County Extension Service:
Washington State University Extension Service is home to the Master Gardener program. Click the Home and Garden bar to access the Master Gardener Hotline.
Helps you identify what can go wrong in our garden and how to fix it.
Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens:
This beautiful garden is located in Everett Washington and is free to the public. Check their website for upcoming class schedule.
Snohomish County Tourism:
Discover beautiful Snohomish County and explore this useful resource.
Hazel Blue Acres:
Hazel Blue Acres is a WSDA Certified Organic family farm featuring you-pick and we-pick blueberries. Owned and operated by Karen and Spencer Fuentes.
First & Last Frost Dates in Arlington, WA (from Dave's Garden)
Each winter, on average, your risk of frost is from October 22 through April 9.
Almost certainly, however, you will receive frost from November 7 through March 24.
You are almost guaranteed that you will not get frost from April 25 through October 4.
Your frost-free growing season is around 196 days.
To find out the frost dates in your zip code click on this link: Dave's Garden
Community Connections Gardening Helpers
Arlington Garden Club answers questions from local gardeners. Gardening advice is also available for free from the Snohomish County Master Gardeners - see link for the Snohomish County Extension Service in the Community Partner Links.
I would like advice on planting roses and bulbs I just bought (in December!)
Both can be planted now, or any time until the ground is frozen. Mulch the roses heavily. Bulbs - just make sure there’s enough drainage for them not to stay wet and rot.
Lebanon Park is located at 105 N Lebanon Ave, Arlington near Les Schwab Tires. The area around the park sign is maintained by Arlington Garden Club. A Labyrinth installed by the Arlington Arts Council is located in the park and the Centennial Trail runs along the border
of the park.
Spring has finally sprung! This time of year seems to be the busiest in the life of a gardener. There are lots of clean up chores to be done, pruning and general garden maintenance. Not to mention trying to keep ahead of the nastiest-of-them-all weeds - shot weed! Keep ahead of this pesky little bugger by pulling them out before they go to seed. This weed has a small leafed base cluster of greens, a thin stalk and pretty little white flowers on top. Let this go to seed and at the slightest tough it will explode into a gazillion tiny new seeds. Scary! So pull them out early.
Some perennial foliage, especially hosta, has turned into a pile of mush and should be removed as soon as possible. Compost anything except diseased foliage. Leave some seed heads on stalks to help feed the birds that winter in your garden.
Prune your summer blooming shrubs and trees now and spring bloomers after they bloom. A wonderful pruning guide is by the late Cass Turnbull - Cass Turnbull's Guide to Pruning. She lived in the Pacific Northwest and this is a perfect detailed but user friendly guide to pruning in our area.
Fundraisers Benefit Oso Slide Memorial Site
Arlington Garden Club raises funds each year for various community horticulture or beautification projects.
Our annual Plant Sale held in May and
Holiday Garden Art & Crafts each November are the club's two main fundraisers.
One recent project is the purchase and installation of a memorial bench located along the Stillaguamish River near the site of the March 22, 2014 Oso slide. Photos below show the bench and view of the river plus the plaque that was installed with the bench. Arlington Garden Club is currently raising funds to purchase native plants to locate around the bench and the river overlook to beautify the area further.
Blue Star Memorial
In 1945 the National Garden Clubs, Inc. started the Blue Star Memorial to honor USA military veterans and those currently serving.
Evergreen District received approval from the Washington State Department of Transportation to install a memorial marker at the northbound I-5 rest stop just north of the Smokey Point exit in Arlington. The Arlington Garden Club maintains the area.
Washington State has 42 Blue Star Memorial markers and the United States has a total of 2,254.
Photos below show the clean-up crew from October 2017.