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Gardening group discusses sustainable garden design March 22

ARLINGTON — Those who missed the debut of the new Arlington gardening group on Feb. 22 will have another chance to catch up with the club on Saturday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Stillaguamish Conference Room of the Arlington Utility Office Building, located at 154 Cox Ave.

“We’re meeting monthly, and we aim to benefit those who may not be available on weekdays, but can meet on Saturdays,” said Master Gardener Bea Randall, who has access to free materials and low-cost handouts from the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation, in addition to her knowledge about gardening in the Pacific Northwest. “Our first four meetings will serve as opportunities for folks who would like to know more about the art of gardening to ask questions about the upcoming planting season.”

Randall herself will be leading the next session. While the Feb. 22 program focused on landscaping your yard, with an eye toward incorporating local plants, Randall’s class on March 22 will cover various aspects of sustainable garden design.

“We’ll offer tips, tricks and hints on saving money, all while getting the same results and making gardening easier,” Randall said. “The general public is welcome to attend this meeting, whether they’re just looking for a one-time information-gathering deal, or are maybe interested in eventually joining the club.”

The cost of admission is $4 for the first meeting attended, and $1 for each meeting thereafter, with all the money going to the group’s future treasury, when it officially becomes a club.

“Even though I’ll be leading the discussion and I’m a Master Gardener, I’d encourage participants to bring their own tips for easier gardening, that they could share with the rest of the class,” Randall said.

The next scheduled Saturday meetings of the Arlington gardening group after March 22 will address natural lawn care on April 26, and cool bugs and surface water management on May 24. These meetings will also run from 10 a.m. to noon in the Stillaguamish Conference Room.

For more information, contact Randall by phone at 360-435-3892, or via email at kinzu@aol.com.

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