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Office Closed on Fridays through May 2022

Our office will be closed on Fridays in May as we get ready to move our office location in June 2022. Email us ( or leave us a message on our voicemail (360-778-5806) so we can return your inquiry, as soon as possible. Thank you! We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please note: As the “Move Day” gets closer, we may need to close additional days.

Children’s Story Garden

Children's Story Garden

Where Families Learn to Plant, Maintain, and Harvest in this Whimsical Garden…


children and adult working in garden

Where BIG things happen!

A place for kids and adults to grow together

A place for making connections to the natural world

A place that cultivates environmental awareness

A place for building confidence and gaining problem-solving skills

A place where children can plant seeds,
care for them, watch them grow,
and gain a sense of garden stewardship


Garden Theme

Paul Bunyan statue at the garden

Paul Bunyan, an American folk hero, spent some important time in Bellingham and surrounding areas. He and Babe, the Blue Ox, are credited with digging out Bellingham Bay and piling up the soil to create Mt. Baker.

Now, Paul watches over our garden and this season children can enjoy a book and story from Paul’s Little Library while visiting the garden.

Also this year, each garden bed will feature a favorite children’s book. You will find Peter Rabbit among the lettuce, Jack climbing the beanstalk and much more.


barn and fence
Hovander Homestead Park

The Children’s Story Garden is located at Hovander Homestead Park, a national historic site. A textbook example of carefully preserved history, Hovander Homestead Park includes a turn-of-the-century farmhouse, barn and one mile of river beach that evokes a simpler time and stories from Whatcom County’s past.

Map to Hovander Homestead Park

Hovander Homestead Park
5299 Neilsen Road • Ferndale, WA 98248

Sponsors & Partners

Who We Are

The WSU Whatcom County Master Gardener Program is a program of WSU Whatcom County Extension in which trained volunteers serve the public by sharing their gardening knowledge. In our community you will find Master Gardeners at plant clinics, workshops, community events, and at the Hovander Park Demonstration Gardens. They act as informed resources for numerous community gardening efforts.


– WSU Whatcom County Extension
– Whatcom County Parks and Recreation

Special Friends

– Birchwood Garden Club
– Construction Careers Academy of Whatcom County
– Signs by Tomorrow
– Whatcom Community Foundation
– Whatcom County Master Gardener Foundation
– Whatcom County Farm & Forestry Association
– Whatcom Educational Credit Union

Contact Us

child with a garden hoe

WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners Office
Phone: (360) 778-5811

Special arrangements can be made for groups such as schools, 4-H groups, and home schoolers.