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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, a 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

Work parties are held each Wednesday and Saturday 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 given to “Project Concern” in Ferndale. 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.

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm
Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811


Main Links:

Master Gardeners Program

Master Gardener Foundation

Community Gardens

Composting & Recycling

Upcoming Events:

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).

Upcoming Events:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some events may be postponed or cancelled.

Partial map of Hovander Gardens

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure

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