In March 2002, Island County WSU Master Gardeners began the groundwork for an educational garden at Greenbank Farm. Farm management identified several areas for our garden projects; and inspired by the tremendous potential in these areas, we set about developing a five-year plan for creating six gardens and a nursery. We are guided by our mission and by the need to ensure the gardens are consistent with the Greenbank Farm context.
Our mission is to educate the public on best home gardening practices and to encourage their application.
Our educational program includes
- demonstrating environmentally responsible gardening
- providing ideas for planning and maintaining gardens
- experimenting with new plants and techniques
- conducting workshops
- serving as a resource for all gardeners, from beginning to experienced.
Our purpose is to
- enhance our community’s quality of life
- communicate the joys and rewards of gardening.
Initial projects were construction-oriented: installing a patio, using recycled materials, in front of the café; building a pergola next to the main building; and transforming a derelict shed into a cottage. Now our focus is on designing, planting, maintaining, and expanding the gardens. Master Gardener volunteers (and a few spouses) form the work force. Funding comes from the annual Master Gardener gardening workshop and plant sale and grants from community organizations.