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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.


 Note: NEW workshops are printed in red. Not near Blaine?

check out other class opportunities on our Resources page (see link 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


Feb.  6, Saturday, 10-12pm - Pruning 101 & Beyond                         George Kaas

Feb.  10, Wednesday, 4-6pm                                          

With our warmer winters, it's best to begin pruning early. We will discuss tools, why prune, decisions necessary (learning to understand growth habits of trees/bushes). We will also discuss overgrown trees and how to get them back in shape. Bring your favorite ideas for using those clippings in your garden (stakes, trellises, plant furniture or  . . .


Feb.  17, Wednesday, 4-6pm -  Garden Design                                 George Kaas

Feb.  20, Saturday, 10-12pm                                                               Marvin Berson

Landscape designers bring specific skill sets to the table. In this class we will discus how to look at your yard as if you were a landscape designer. Especially important for placement of fruit bearing trees, bushes and vines. In this presentation, we will talk about site selection including hardscape assessments, scope of project, materials use, integration with your home and/or views, sunlight observations, air flow and other major landscaping decisions.


March  5, Saturday, 10am-12pm – Pruning 101                             Kelle Sunter

With our warmer winters, this may be the perfect time to start pruning. Trees are breaking hibernation earlier (or not even going into deep hibernation). We will discuss tools, why prune, decisions necessary (learning to understand growth habits of trees/bushes). We will also discuss overgrown trees and how to get them back in shape. Bring your favorite ideas for using those clippings in your garden (stakes, trellises, plant furniture or  . . .


March  9, Wednesday, 4-6pm  Rain Gardens                                        Kelle Sunter

Now is the perfect time to walk out into your yard and figure out where the water "SITS". Come to this class and learn about creating a rain garden, which you will want to build when the weather is drier of course. For now, come learn about how to manage the runoff and/or standing water by planting a "mini-forest floor" that will absorb and manage that extra water in your yard


March  16, Wednesday, 4-6pm - Starting Your Vegetable Garden             George Kaas

March  19, Sat, 10am-12pm  

This workshop will concentrate on how to get started growing your own vegetables.  Included will be discussion on planting the right plant in the right place, plotting one's garden sun patterns, microclimates, soil testing/amending, reasons and seasons for mulching/composting and pest controls.


March 26, Sat. 9am-2pm - 23rd Annual Native Plant Sale  Whatcom (link) Community College hosted by the Whatcom Conservation District.  Pre-order form (link) deadline by March 14th!! This is a great sale to find small or large quantities of native plants, shrubs and trees at good prices (because the plants are small).  Over 40 varieties!


March  30, Wed, 4-6pm - Dahlias                                            Kelle Sunter (with Guests) 

April  2, Saturday, 10am-12pm                June Auld (Peace Arch Park) and Tiff’s Dahlias 

Come discover how easy it is to have beautiful flowers blooming in your yard from July through November! The dahlia is a natural choice for our NW climate and their long bloom time makes them VERY rewarding!! Thousands of different flower forms and colors are available.


April 13, Wed, 4-6pm – Container Gardening   Ginny Winfield, Master Gardener

Think that you MUST have a plot of land to grow vegetables? or maybe mobility issues have slowed you down. If you think you have to give up on gardening, think again! Join us for an “out of the ground and into the box” introduction to container gardening. From choosing containers and the right plants to learning how to water them


April 16, Sat, 10am-12pm – Vermiculture/Composting         

Stop throwing away valuable soil building materials and start your compost project now! Whether you are thinking about a compost bin or becoming a Worm Wrangler, this workshop will get you started!! Mary will cover the basics of food waste recycling, how easy it is AND managing worms, indoors and out!


April 30, Sat. 9am-12 noon, Birchwood Garden Club Annual Plant Sale at Bellingham Library Meeting Room


August - 2016 Skill Share Faire - Got a skill? want a skill, come and share! Link


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 hestitate to contact us -  or call  360-332-7435

    For GLEANING (either volunteering to help pick fruit or having your fruit harvested), please click on "Gleaning" in the left column to go the that page in this website.


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