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Home Gardening


We are a vibrant agricultural county and WSU Extension has a long history of extending the knowledge of WSU research and benefits of horticulture to our community.

WSU Extension is dedicated to connecting and working in all areas of horticulture from the home gardener, school/community gardens and clubs to the commercial farmer/grower.

Community Horticulture is the way we interact with plants, people and our local ecology within urban and rural settings. WSU is dedicated to promoting and educating all areas of horticulture.

Such as:

  • food crops
  • native plants
  • perennials
  • rain gardens
  • herbs
  • weeds
  • cover crops
  • sustainable landscaping
  • soil ecology, etc


Here are some areas supported by WSU Extension and the WSU Master Gardeners of Whatcom County.


• Sustainable Landscaping & Stewardship Gardening
WSU Extension teaches techniques in implementing water-efficient gardening practices, using native plantings, using shade trees, wind breaks, natural hedgerows, buffers and screens to aid in the prevention of runoff and pollution while enhancing wildlife habitat.

We Grow Garden
This urban garden is made possible by a partnership between Washington State University Extension, WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Program, Northwest Youth Services, and the city of Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department.

Youth Gardening
Children’s Story Garden, Youth programs

Soil Health & Composting
Healthy soil is the key factor for healthy plants and proper soil management protects our waterways. Composting increases soil’s ability to retain water, hold nutrients & helps to decreases runoff. Runoff pollutes water by carrying soil, fertilizers and pesticides to nearby streams.

• Sustainable Food Gardening Practices
Growing your own food is a joy and provides your family with healthy, organic vegetables. Sustainable garden includes practices that will produce the desired crop but also offer shelter for beneficial birds and insects, and protect resources of soil, water, and energy.

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811

Master Gardener Training Update:

Our next Master Gardener Training for Whatcom County will be held in 2025.

NOTE: We will post the application and details in AUGUST 2024. Applications and prep will occur in late fall of 2024, and training will take place February 2025 to April 2025.


Program Priorities Map

Helpful Resources:


Upcoming Events:

Partial map of Hovander Gardens

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure