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Coronavirus COVID-19

COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Youth Gardening Support

Children's Story GardenChildren’s Story Garden Website

Master Gardener educators are working with schools throughout the county.

We offer classroom edible education lessons (K-5):

– Garden/Teacher Volunteer Mentors

– Composting & Wormbin Construction

…and much more!

Our current Partner Schools:

  • Fairhaven Middle School Garden
  • Meridian Middle School Garden
  • Beach Elementary (Lummi Island)
  • Harmony Elementary
  • Kendall Elementary
  • Acme Elementary
  • Nooksack Elementary
  • Central Elementary

If you are involved with a school or are interested in working with one of our partner schools, please contact: Beth Chisholm (360) 778-5811

Plant Science & Edible Education

Teaching school age students where their food comes from through science based lessons. Topics and lessons on soil, seeds, plant parts & food consumption.

Edible Education Flyer (pdf)Edible Education Photos (pdf)

We have reached over 320 students in Whatcom County. Teachers and schools are eager to sign up. If your school or group would like to get involved and receive the lessons please contact: Beth Chisholm

WSU Extension partners with Northwest Youth Services – Urban Garden site WE GROW

Northwest Youth Services “We Grow” is a seed-to-market education and employment preparedness program that provides opportunities to get hands on experience working as part of a team in planting, growing, and harvesting food to bring to our local youth run market stand. Youth participants work with staff and community volunteers to gain experience in all aspects horticulture.

WSU Extension provides seasonal management, education and support at the We Grow garden.

Northwest Youth Services We Grow Garden

“We Grow” Northwest Youth Services video

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811


WSU Home Horticulture


Upcoming events:

2021 Plant Sale Pick Up
Order online April 25, 2021
Pick up May 7-8, 2021
Plant Sale Website

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).


Helpful Resources:


Upcoming Events:

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

Partial map of Hovander Gardens

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure