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

Apr 1st, 2018
Spring classes: Dahlias, fruit trees, hydrangeas, and more

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
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Growing potatoes: The eyes of March

Mar 3rd, 2018
Growing potatoes: The eyes of March

by Corina Sahlin Why grow your own potatoes? They’re very easy to grow in a backyard garden or even containers, and you can pick from a huge variety, with different skin color, flesh color, texture, flavor and use. Rose Finn Apple, Desiree, French Fingerling, German Butterball, Russian Banana, Austrian Crescent, Red Bliss All Blue, Purple
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Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Feb 2nd, 2018
Seed Swaps: Where to go this month

Local seed swaps are starting! Following are what is scheduled this month. TF&F 3rd Annual Seed Swap: Sunday, Feb. 4 from 1-3 p.m. at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center.  Everyone is welcome to receive free seeds, bring seeds, or share seeds. Information tables on pollination and alternatives to pesticides will be available, as well as
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Skagit Master Gardeners accepting applications; Whatcom not offering training in 2018

Nov 5th, 2017

The WSU Skagit County Extension Master Gardener Program is accepting applications for their 2018 Master Gardener Annual Training. The application deadline has been extended this month. Master Gardener volunteer educators will receive WSU computer-based course work along with 12 weeks of classes for hands-on activities in home horticulture, integrated pest management, and plant problem diagnosis
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Apples: Finding the best variety for you

Jun 4th, 2017
Apples: Finding the best variety for you

by Terry Maczuga When many people think of adding fruit trees to their garden or property, they think first of apple trees. Apples are relatively easy to grow, and there is nothing like picking an apple on a crisp September morning and eating it right then and there. Doing just that was a big part
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Plant of the month: Phenomenal Lavender

Jun 3rd, 2017
Plant of the month: Phenomenal Lavender

June is for lavender, and our staff favorite, as well as the most requested lavender from our garden clients, is called Phenomenal Lavender. It has the best traits of French and English lavender, with it’s extra long blue purple flower spikes, and is long blooming from June through Fall. This is one of the hardiest
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Garden, home tours offer a mix of summer sites

Jun 3rd, 2017
Garden, home tours offer a mix of summer sites

Local residents and visitors have several garden and home tours to choose from this month, offering a variety of garden styles and sizes. Summer Tour of Whidbey Island Gardens: Hosted by WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners on Thursday, June 15, participants can see multiple gardens on Whidbey Island. The tour includes Children Garden in Oak
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Plant Sales: Where to go this month

May 2nd, 2017
Plant Sales: Where to go this month

Plant Clinic: Master Gardeners available to give good advice Going to a Master Gardener Plant Sale is an annual field trip for any soul that appreciates growing plants, buying plants, listening to plentiful and solid advice, and watching newer growers relish in what’s to come. Usually held in May, the local county Master Gardener groups schedule
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Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Mar 31st, 2017
Go, know, and grow: Advice, stories to get you started

Tis the season to get started. Tis the season to smell like dirt. Are you looking for more instruction and direction as you get growing? Do you want to get together with some like-minded folks after a long winter? Whether you are experienced, new, or halfway, April’s calendar offers ample opportunities at local nurseries. We
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Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Mar 2nd, 2017
Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Spring is on the minds of many; we’re eager for longer days, growing spring plants, seeing color popping, starting projects, and warming weather. With snow falling on the last day of February, and March’s forecast off to a wet and cold start, here’s look at some of the colorful, creative and community events happening this
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