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The dirt on local plant sales

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thanks to the manly machinations of my common-law landscaper, I’m now in possession of three brand-new raised beds and a wealth of additional garden space. In the nick of time, Whatcom County’s glut of plant sales begin this weekend, ensuring that my plots—and yours, if you’re so inclined—won’t stay empty for long.

In fact, from 9am-4pm on Thurs., April 27 the annual BSAC Plant Sale will fill the Bellingham Senior Activity Center (315 Halleck St.) with selections from local nurseries, house plants, garden decor and tools, and homegrown plants from resident gardeners. If the weekend’s too long to wait to get your hands dirty, then come on down. Info: http://www.wccoa.org

If you play your cards right, a trio of sales happening Sat,. April 29 could cover your bases for the rest of the growing season. From 9am-12pm, the 25th annual Birchwood Garden Club Plant Sale will fill the Lecture Room at the Bellingham Public Library (210 Central Ave.) with annuals, perennials, sun and shade plants, vines, veggie starts, pots, books and sweet selections from members’ gardens. Plus, money raised goes back into Bellingham-based beautification, and everyone can dig that. Info: ww.birchwoodgardenclub.org

From 9am-2pm Saturday, the longtime DUPI (Digger Uppers and Putter Inners) Garden Club will host their yearly sale at the United Church of Ferndale (2034 Washington St.), with jaw-droppingly low-priced annuals and perennials sourced from members, plus a mouthwatering selection of baked goods. Info: (360) 384-3302 or http://www.ucfi.org

From there, head to the Komo Kulshan chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society’s and Bellingham Parks and Rec’s popular Backyard Habitat and Native Flora Fair happening from 10am-3pm at the Fairhaven Village Green (1207 10th St.). In addition to providing plenty of green things for community members to purchase, the event is also a way for both new and seasoned gardeners to learn more about the importance of native plants. Experts will be on hand to answer questions, and additional activities include plant walks, activities for kids, the making of nesting boxes, and details about how to certify your yard, business landscaping or school as a wildlife-friendly habitat. Info: (360) 778-7000 or http://www.wnpskoma.org

Skip ahead a couple of weeks, and it’ll be temperate enough to insert warm-weather starts directly into the ground. If growing tomatoes is as important to you as it is to me, you won’t want to miss the 26th annual Whatcom County Master Gardener Plant Sale occurring from 9am-2pm Sat., May 13 at Ferndale’s Hovander Homestead Park. In addition to the 20 varieties of tomatoes available that are cultivated specifically with the Pacific Northwest climate in mind, the sprawling event also features specialty perennials, herbs, shade plants, natives, dahlias and more. And since they’re grown by master gardeners, the quality is high, and the price is low. Hint: If you’re planning on purchasing plenty, bring along your own wheelbarrow or wagon for smoother sailing—and come early, as the event is a popular one. Info: http://www.whatcom.wsu.edu/ch/plantsale

From 9am-4pm the following Saturday (May 20), the Cascade Cuts Plant Sale sees the wholesale nursery at 632 Montgomery Road opening its greenhouse doors to the public for one day only. Not only will gardeners and landscapers find a plethora of perennials, annuals, veggie starts, herbs, hanging baskets and “intriguing oddities” such as compost tea machines, but they’ll also be contributing to Sustainable Connections’ Food & Farming Program—which includes the farmer training program Food to Bank On, the Whatcom County Farm Tour, and more. “It’s a win-win for the community and our local farmers,” program manger Sara Southerland says. Indeed. Info: http://www.sustainableconnections.org

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