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Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

Apr 1st, 2018 | Category: Growing

April boasts a number of opportunities for learning about plants of all kinds. Check out some of the informational sessions coming up as well as some more super sales of the season!

The annual Whatcom County Dahlia Tuber Sale, presented by the Whatcom County Dahlia Society, will be Saturday, April 7. Visitors can explore and buy over 600 varieties of dahlias. These beautiful perennial flowers bloom from mid-summer through fall, and thrive in full sun and well-drained sandy soils. They come in a spectrum of colors – from yellow and pink, to scarlet red, purple and white – with blooms ranging from two inches to nearly a foot. The sheer variety of dahlia tubers available at this sale are amazing, as are the number of local knowledgeable growers here who will share their skills and tips, and answer your questions. Admission is free; tubers are for sale. Stop by the sale between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at  Bloedel Donovan Park in  Bellingham. See the Whatcom County Dahlia Society’s website at whatcomcountydahliasociety.org.

Workshop attendees learn about fruit tree varieties and care at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. COURTESY PHOTO

Workshop attendees learn about fruit tree varieties and care at Cloud Mountain Farm Center. COURTESY PHOTO

Are you thinking about adding a new fruit to tree on your property? Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson is offering a workshop, “Growing Stone Fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Apricots & Plums” on April 14 that will cover the basics.  Participants will learn about planting, growing techniques, pruning of stone fruits, and varieties well suited for our local climate. Be prepared to be outside, and enjoy exploring the grounds full of great plants cared for by knowledgable staff. The workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. and costs $10 per person (or $8 each for 2 or more people). Registration recommended. See https://www.cloudmountainfarmcenter.org/workshops/ and register through the workshop link.

Jill Porter of Baileys Nursery will share her years of experience growing hydrangeas, in a workshop on Saturday, April 28 at the Garden Spot in Bellingham. This free Hydrangeas 101 class will offer a look at new and  old favorite varieties, as well as information on their care and pruning. The class starts at 9 a.m. For more information, call 360-676-5480 or visit garden-spot.com.

Krista Rome, owner/operator of local seed company Resilient Seeds (www.resilient-seeds.com) presents Growing Dry Beans & Grains in Whatcom County on Saturday, April 28 at the Chuckanut Center. Discussion includes the ins and outs of growing dry legumes and grains in our climate, and successful varieties to try (Rome has four years of intensive variety trials and is in her tenth year of growing these crops in Whatcom County). Following the presentation, participants will plant a few plots of favored dry legumes and grains at the Chuckanut Center gardens. Rome will also have seeds for sale. The workshop starts at 1 p.m. and costs $5 per person. The Chuckanut Center is located at 103 Chuckanut Dr N, Bellingham. Contact (360) 676-1859 or www.ChuckanutCenter.org.

Local plant sales continue this month, including the following:

2018 Skagit Conservation District Plant Sale: Saturday, April 14. Large selection of native plants available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WACD Lynn Brown Materials Center, 16564 Bradley Road, Bow. Pre-order pick up is Friday. For more details, see http://www.skagitcd.org/native_plant_sales.

Seed & Plant Swap & Sell at Concrete Community Center: Saturday, April 21. Co-sponsored by Concrete Saturday Market and Marblemount Community Market, the swap and sale will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 45821 Railroad Ave., Concrete. Finney Farm and Master Gardeners will also be on site with garden info and advice. For details, contact concretesaturdaymarket1@gmail.com.

3cs Farms Plant & Craft Sale: Friday and Saturday, April 21-22. A variety of plants include hanging baskets starts, vegetables starts, and perennials, as well as crafty items such as wood carvings, birdhouses, jewelry, bags, and signs. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3cs Farms, 6222 Mt Baker Highway in Deming. See the Facebook page for details.

Everson Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, April 28. Lots of colorful perennials, (unusual as well as the old stand-bys), natives, shrubs and small trees will be available at well-below retail prices. Vendors will offer veggie starts, specialty plants and crafts. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Everson Elementary School, 216 Everson-Goshen Road, Everson. See the Facebook page for details.

Please note the annual Master Gardener sales are coming in May!

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