Master Gardeners … are volunteers trained by Washington State University Extension to provide science-based information to home gardeners about best gardening practices.
Our Foundation … supports the Master Gardener Program through fundraising, organizing educational events, managing demonstration gardens and more. Learn more by visiting the Who We Are page.
Get Your Gardening Gloves On!
Spring is here and there’s much to do in the garden… Pruning, designing and building beds, soil testing, creating irrigation systems, planting, fertilizing, mulching, and staying ahead of persistent weeds and pests. Master Gardeners provide science-based answers to your gardening questions. Our “Your Garden This Month” column below has many helpful tips. Or visit the Washington State University site: https://extension.wsu.edu/whatcom/hg/
Thank you to all our customers and volunteers for making our Self-Serve Perennial plant sale a tremendous success!
Good Luck with the plants you purchased, and if you have questions about them, we’re here to help. The “Your Garden This Month” column below has useful tips. The WSU Extension website can lead you to many sources of information. “Ask-a-Master Gardener” at one of our Docent Sunday events (see below). Or contact our Clinic with specific problems or questions.
Come visit our Demonstration Gardens where you can learn about sustainable gardening techniques and experience history in two beautiful Whatcom County Parks.
Hovander Homestead Park Demonstration Gardens: Bring your family and enjoy the children’s garden, vegetable garden, pollinator garden, and much more at this lovely park in Ferndale. Learn more here.
Roeder Home Demonstration Garden: Experience this beautiful and unique urban garden at one of Bellingham’s historic landmark homes. Learn more here.
Do you have a sick plant, need advice about pruning or help in solving other home gardening problems? Contact the WSU Diagnostic Plant Clinic and let trained Master Gardeners help you get the answers you need. Learn more here.
Master Gardener News
Work is continuing in our demo gardens at Hovander and the Roeder Home (pruning, planting, edging, weeding, signage, etc). Docent Sundays will also be happening throughout the summer. Register to volunteer here.
Master Gardener Foundation Meeting & Social – June 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for a Zoom gathering, where we will talk about upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and important things to know, such as WSU’s new system for recording volunteer hours, and more relaxed COVID restrictions. We will celebrate the success of the 2021 Plant Sale, and get a little better acquainted. Go to the Member Area for the Zoom link and more information.
Ways to Get Involved
Master Gardeners do so many beneficial things in the community – growing vegetables and fruit for food banks, educating children, staffing Answer/Plant Clinics, engaging youth with gardening, taking care of demonstration gardens, mentoring new gardeners and much more. Find out how to help support these activities by donating or becoming a Master Gardener.
Your Garden This Month
One of three foods on your table depend on pollinators that include insects we all know: bees, butterflies, flies, wasps, and beetles. But these pollinators cannot survive without nectar, pollen, and host plants. Create a healthy environment for insect pollinators by providing a garden that blooms from early spring through late fall plus adding plants that repel pests (marigolds, geraniums, lavenders and mint). There is no minimum size. Click to continue.
*Be sure to visit the “Member Area” to find out about Master Gardener-Only events and sales*
The Whatcom Master Gardener Foundation is grateful to all the organizations that have supported our activities. Those local businesses shown below have contributed money, goods, and/or services worth $50 or more, within the last two years.