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May 4th, 2016 | Category: Features

Coming up: Master Gardeners, Chuckanut Center, Cascades Cuts, and more 

Thousands of vegetable, flower, herb starts and more will be available this month at various annual fundraisers. The local chapters of the Master Gardener groups, as well as the annual Cascades Cuts sale and heirloom tomato sale at Chuckanut Center will all be filled with plants, activities, and knowledgeable growers. May the plant sales be with you. Following are some of the larger sales coming up this month. Enjoy!

The tomato selection at the Chuckanut Center’s Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14 is large and ever growing, including nearly 100 varieties of heirlooms and more. COURTESY PHOTO

The tomato selection at the Chuckanut Center’s Spring Plant Sale on Saturday, May 14 is large and ever growing, including nearly 100 varieties of heirlooms and more. COURTESY PHOTO

The WSU Whatcom County Extension Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 7 at the Hovander Homestead Park in Ferndale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 20 varieties of locally grown tomatoes, specialty perennials, herbs, hand grafted fruit trees and natives will be for sale. Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions at the Plant Clinic and Information Booth, and mini workshops will be slated throughout the day. Food sales, vendors and displays will also be on site. Proceeds support the WSU Whatcom Master Gardener program.

The WSU Skagit County Master Gardener Plant Fair is also on Saturday, May 7. Join the Master Gardeners from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s special events include a display of antique tractors and gas engines, the small animals from Skagit County 4-H, plus many vendors and thousands of plants. The sale will be held at the Skagit County Fairgrounds (South Entrance), 479 W Taylor Street in Mount Vernon. For further information visit: http://ext100.wsu.edu/skagit/mg/plant-fair/.

Also on May 7, the Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale will have more than 8,000  tomato, herb and vegetable starts, perennials, native plants, trees, shrubs, ground covers, and living garden art. Master gardeners will be available to answer questions. Vendors include specialty nursery, gift and garden art. Stop by the WSU Snohomish County Extension, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, in Everett from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, see www.snomgf.org.

The Everett Garden Club Sale will have an assortment of indoor and outdoor plants, garden art and plant related items, also on Saturday, May 7. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold out), the sale will be at the corner of 52nd and Evergreen Way (Party Display & Costume parking lot) in Everett. For details, see everettgardenclub.weebly.com.

The Chuckanut Center Spring Plant Sale will be the following Saturday, May 14. The core of the sale will be their collection of heirloom tomato (nearly 100) and pepper varieties. A larger range of plants this year includes short season heirloom eggplants, tomatillos, lettuce, strawberries, hostas, cucumbers, and ground cherries. The tomato starts include some varieties that are not available anywhere else. Parking is available at Fairhaven Park and Fairhaven Middle School; only handicapped parking is available on site. The sale runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chuckanut Center, 107 Chuckanut Drive N, Bellingham. For more details, see www.chuckanutcenter.org.

The Arlington Garden Club annual Plant Sale is Saturday, May 14. Perennials, bedding plants, veggie starts, shrubs and sedums will be for sale, as well as coffee and baked goods. Proceeds go towards improvements along the Centennial Trail. Check out the sale from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. outside City Hall, 238 N. Olympic Ave., Arlington. See www.arlingtongardenclub.org.

The Island County Master Gardener Foundation Plant Sale is Saturday, May 14. Perennials, native plants, shrubs, veggies, plant clinic and personal shoppers will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank, Whidbey Island. For more information, see http://ext100.wsu.edu/island/gardening/master-gardeners/.

The Cascade Cuts Annual Plant Sale is Saturday, May 21. This wholesale perennial, annual, veggie and herb nursery is open to the public one day a year as a fundraiser for Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program. Ornamentals, herbs, flowers and more are available for purchase. Check out coffee trees, hops, compost tea machines, and more. The sale runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 632 Montgomery Road, Bellingham. For more information, contact Erin@sconnect.org.

Published in the May 2016 issue of Grow Northwest

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