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FAQ - From Whatcom Master Gardeners


RESERVE  Plot/Raised Bed in the 7th St. Community Garden! LINK

Helping to Create Edible Yards in Blaine, Washington

Mission: To provide city wide enhancement and beautification on a multitude of levels by

planting food bearing trees, bushes and vines that offer food to residents of Blaine;

local wildlife food and shelter; soil enhancement and water retention.


Not near Blaine? other class opportunities on our Resources or Classes pages (see links to left)

REALLY passionate about gardening? consider becoming a Master Gardener (link)

Unless noted, all workshops are no charge and held at the Blaine Library in Blaine. Link


I am so happy to report that we have had such great support for our classes. Really appreciate folks taking the time to attend!! Blaine C.O.R.E. was also selected as the Blaine Chamber of Commerce's member of the month! link - thanks to everyone for making us a success!

WSU Ext.- Gardening Green (link) with Cheryl Niles - Sustainable Landscaping Course - 4 online Zoom classes starting March 2 (Thurs, 5:30-7:30) and one live class (in person) on Sat., April 1- 10am-12:30pm. Learn how to garden with less water, little to no pesticides or fertilizer and improve your soils health!

March 5, Sunday, 1-4:15pm PNW Fungi Basics Crash Course - link for more information

March 18,  Saturday, 10-12pm    - Pruning 101 (and refresher!)                   You still have time to prune those trees/bushes. We will also introduce info on Summer Pruning. Discover what tools are required (and some of the new tools available), the why behind pruning, understanding the growth habits of trees/bushes, and how to make the best decisions in your pruning projects.  We will also present on overgrown trees and how to get them back in shape.  Bring your questions!

April 8, Saturday, 10-12pm  - Worms and Composting       Do you scrape plates into the garbage? Toss out vegetable scraps, also? It’s not a good thing for our landfills AND you are throwing away valuable soil building materials! Whether you have been thinking about a compost bin or becoming a Worm Wrangler, this workshop will get you started!! We will cover the basics of food waste “recycling”, how easy it is AND managing worms, indoors and out! The upside - You will see huge benefits in your garden!

April 22, Saturday, 10am-12pm  –  Dahlias              Dahlias are considered to be the premier cut flower. Easy to grow, though, there are some definite tricks! With thousands of colors and flower forms and their long bloom time they are VERY rewarding!! Presentation includes expert dahlia growers, live demos and answering questions.

Whatcom County Home and Garden Show in Lynden (at the NW Washington Fairgrounds, 1775 Front Street) April 28-30. Please join us for another Dahlia presentation at 1pm on Friday, April 28. Admission is charged to attend the entire show. Link for more information.

May 3, Wednesday, 6pm to 7:30pm - Introduction to Seed Saving   Learn how to grow and save your own home garden seeds with an expert from the Salish Seed Guild.

Free class with WSU Ext. Services - Gardening Green - Sustainable Landscaping Course - link  zoom and in person, 5 classes with Cheryl Niles, starts March 2, must register

May 13, Saturday, 10am-12pm  –  Kombucha                 Known as “The Elixir of Life”, Kombucha origins remain shrouded in mystery. Some drink it for health, some for flavor. If you have never tried it, nows your chance! We invite you to get in touch with your inner "Ghengis" by learning more about this interesting elixir at this fun, informative presentation. We will be sampling different flavors, demonstrating how to make your own AND sending you home with your own culture (SCOBY) to start brewing.

June 10, Saturday, 10-12pm  – Container Gardening                     Join us for an “out of the ground and into the box” introduction to container gardening. If you think that you MUST have a plot of land or maybe mobility issues have slowed you down, we want to help you NOT give up on gardening!! We will start with the basics from choosing containers and the right plants to learning how to water them.


Native Plant Descriptions (pdf) -  nicely done from King County  

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REMEMBER - LOCAL publications are a great source of up-to-date information on classes all over our NW region as well as businesses that support our passion! Pick up a copy today or check their websites -

Cascadia Weekly    GrowNorthwest     Entertainment NewsNW   Northern Light

Spring PLANT SALES !!  (2022 list not updated to 2023 )
March 18, 9am-2pm - Whatcom Conservation Dist. Plant Sale -  Pioneer Park, Ferndale
March 25, 10am-3pm - 32nd Annual Fairhaven Plant & Tree Sale - Old Fairhaven Pkwy & 14th
April 1, 10am-3pm - Whatcom Dahlia Society Tuber Sale - Bloedel Donovan Park
April 29??, 9am-12noon - Birchwood Garden Club Sale, lower level of Bellingham Library
May 6?? - 10am-noon - Washington Native Plant Society-Salal Chapter’s 16th Annual Plant Sale
     Mt. Vernon, WSU, NW Research Station, 16650 State Highway 536 
May 13 - Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale at Hovander Park
SEEDS, SEEDS and More SEEDS - Check out Resilient Seeds - locally researched and produced - definitely suited for our climate


If you would like us to come and speak at a community activity or event to help inform your participants about the CORE project, please contact us.

We have had several community meetings to introduce the CORE project. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer to help with our mission and goals, please do not hesitate to contact us -  or call  360-332-7435 (leave message)

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