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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.

Gardening Green

Would you like to learn the essential principles and practices for creating a beautiful garden that requires less water, and little to no fertilizer or pesticides, while also nourishing the soil and helping to keep our lakes, rivers, and other waters clean?

WSU Whatcom County Extension is currently offering two new ways to learn how to put sustainable landscaping principles to work in your garden:

We are offering a self-directed online Gardening Green course available now as well as three facilitated Gardening Green courses in the Spring of 2022. Both options are completely free and both options cover the following topics:

  • Putting the Right Plant in the Right Place
  • Mapping your Yard
  • Soil – the Foundation
  • Saving Water and Managing Maintenance,
    • Choosing Water Wise Plants,
    • Hydrozoning and other Watering Techniques and Tools,
    • Mulch and Maintenance Zones

Cheryl Lovato Niles

Cheryl Lovato Niles
Water Resources Educator
(360) 778-5812

Two ways to learn more about Gardening Green…

Facilitated Gardening Green Course

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In Spring 2022, WSU Whatcom County Extension will offer a facilitated Gardening Green course three times: one in March, another in April, and a third in May. Classes will meet once a week for 2 hours at a time, over a four-week period. The facilitated courses will cover much of the same material as the self-directed course and will offer lots of opportunities to ask questions, compare notes, and problem solve via in-class discussions. Specific dates, times, and locations for these courses are TBD but at least one of these courses will be offered online via the Zoom videoconference platform.

If you enjoy learning with a group and can commit to a 2-hour class once a week plus 1 to 2 hours of weekly homework for a month, this is for you!

Registration process:

If you would like to be notified when the Facilitated Gardening Green Classes have been scheduled, please contact Cheryl Lovato Niles, at or call (360) 778-5812 and your name will be added to our Gardening Green mailing list.

Self-Directed Online Gardening Green Course

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The self-directed online Gardening Green Course is available for you to start at the beginning of every month.

This online course is offered on the Moodle learning platform and includes recorded lectures, videos, online resources, printable summary sheets, worksheets and more! There are tons of great materials to explore, and you’ll have 2 months to work through the course

If you are looking for a flexible learning option and you enjoy a self-directed learning experience this is a great option for you!

Registration process:

To register for the self-directed Gardening Green Course email Cheryl Lovato Niles at or call (360) 778-5812.