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. We developed a five-year plan for creating six garden areas, guided by our mission and the need to ensure the gardens would be consistent with the Greenbank Farm context. Since then, two more garden areas have been added. Over time, the gardens continue to evolve, as we update and display a variety of plants for Whidbey Island gardening.
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, including building an arbor next to Pie Café and transforming a derelict shed into the Stansberry Cottage. Now we focus on designing, planting, maintaining, and expanding the gardens. The latest project is installation and operation of a greenhouse near the Toto Drainfield Garden.
Master Gardener volunteers form the work force. A work crew gathers at the garden each Wednesday, from 9 am to noon, even in the winter months. Funding comes from the Island County Master Gardener Foundation’s annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop and plant sale, as well as grants from community organizations. A formal agreement between the Port of Coupeville and Washington State University governs overall operation and responsibilities at the Greenbank Educational Gardens.
The map shows the layout of the current gardens.
A. Pergola (Pie Shop) Garden
B. Cottage Garden
C. Pond Garden
D. Rose Garden
E. Shade Garden
F. Native Garden