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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.

Our Community Horticulture

This website is designed to celebrate the work of our community and to help develop stronger partnerships and networking both locally and regionally.

We’d love you to share your own community’s horticultural experiences by adding your projects to the galleries. Big or small, from individuals or the whole community. Contact us for more information:


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.

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.

Main Links:

Master Gardeners Program

Master Gardener Foundation

Community Gardens

Composting & Recycling


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm
Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811


Upcoming Events:

Master Gardener Plant Sale

Master Gardener Annual Plant Sale
Saturday – May 9, 2020
Hovander Homestead Park

Master Gardener Foundation
– Board Meetings:
Held the first Thursday of each month at 10 am in the Extension Office classroom.

Master Gardener Foundation
– Education Lectures:
On most second Thursdays of each month at Noon at the Bellingham Food Coop Community Room (405 E. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA).


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