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Demonstration Gardens

Mosaic of images of the different gardens at Hovander

Demonstration Gardens at Hovander Park

Located at Hovander Homestead Park Ferndale, Washington. (MAP) The demonstration garden provides the public with educational information and a visual demonstration of what can be done in-home gardening.

The demonstration gardens include vegetables, small fruits, herbs, weed identification garden, native plant garden, perennials, dahlia garden, and a greenhouse. Signs are used extensively throughout the garden areas.

Demonstration Gardens at Hovander Park
Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure

– Annual Garden
– Children’s Story Garden
– Culinary Herb Garden
– Dahlia Garden
– Green House
– Medicinal Herb Garden
– Native Plant Garden
– Perennial Garden
– Vegetable Garden
– Weed Identification Garden (History of the Weed ID Garden)

Work parties are held each Wednesday mornings, this demo garden is managed by Whatcom County Master Gardeners. This is a teaching garden and we welcome the public to visit, take photos, ask questions and get involved. Work at the Hovander Park site begins the last week of March and continues through October. Each year approximately 1,200 volunteer hours go into the demonstration garden projects.

House at Hovander Park

Produce from the garden is donated to the Ferndale Foodbank. This organization distributes food to needy members of the community. Each year the Master gardeners donate approximately 1,000 pounds of garden produce. Master Gardener members also use some of the produce for sampling and to do “taste tests” of various garden vegetables.

Master Gardener volunteers are available to answer gardening questions at Hovander Park on their scheduled work days; Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9:00 am until Noon, April through October.

WeGrow Garden

Blueprint of the WeGrow Garden

Youth Vocational & Public Education Garden


WeGrow Garden Website

Mission: To facilitate community development through adult and youth education, low-barrier vocational programs, and food security.


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.

Logos of sponsors

Special thanks to CHS Northwest and the Hamond Family Foundation for their generous financial support, and to Bellingham Parks and Recreation for providing this space.