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Free Gardening Events in 2018

February 19, 2018

For 2018 we’ve upped our educational giving back program with a number of free gardening events throughout the year. In addition to resuming our guided flora and fauna nature walks at the Breazeale Environmental Learning Center’s upland trail, Robin will also be offering a few free seminars at the center as well. All of these educational opportunities are open to everyone for free. (Although donations to the Breazeale Center certainly won’t be turned away!)

Indian Plum

Indian plum blooms in late winter & by spring this native plant is lush with ripening, edible fruits. Learn more on the Upland Trail!

Following is the current schedule, so mark your calendar, and please pre-register   for any or all of these events so we can be prepared for each group. And, bookmark this page or sign up for our mailing list just in case we announce more programs in the future.

Flora & Fauna Nature Walks:

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Upland trailhead near parking lot
10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Every third Sunday from March 18, 2018 – October 21, 2018 from 10am-11am (or so)

Please pre-register for a walk (or walks) here to help us plan for group sizes.

Take a relatively easy, short hike to learn about the flora & fauna of the forests, swamps and meadows near Padilla Bay. On a clear day, enjoy views of Mount Baker, the Olympic Mountains and Padilla Bay. Portions of the trail are wheelchair accessible, but not all of it. The walk takes about an hour, depending on how many people attend and how many questions you have. Children are welcome but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Friendly, leashed dogs are also welcome.

Free Gardening Seminars: Pre-registration requested but not required. Links follow for each.

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Theater
(or Meeting Room, as noted below)
10441 Bayview-Edison Road, Mount Vernon, WA 98273

When & What:
Primo Plantings for Potent Pollinators
Saturday, March 10, 2018 10am-11am
More info & Sign up for  Primo Plantings for Potent Pollinators here

Retire into Your Garden with Ease
Friday, May 25, 2018 10am-11am
in the meeting room, not theater
More info & Sign up for Retire into Your Garden with Ease here

Is That a Weed or What?
Saturday, July 21, 2018 10am-11am
More info on Is That a Weed or What?
(As time allows, this seminar may be followed by a flora & fauna nature walk through the upland trail.)

Growing a Year Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden
Updated 8/2018:
Due to a scheduling conflict, this presentation will be happening Saturday, November 3, 2018 from 10am-11am

Saturday, November 10, 2018 10am-11am
More info on Growing a Year Round Hummingbird Habitat Garden


  1. Glenda Alm says:

    They all sound fascinating…I’m glad you are doing these! I will come to most of them unless we are out of town.

  2. Glenda, it’ll be great to have you join us!

  3. Lorna Parent says:

    I am also interested. The Next-door post says it starts Saturday March 10th. If this site is correct, I will miss these as I am at church Sundays til 10:30.

  4. Lorna, our guided walks are on Sundays beginning at 10am. But, there are also several seminars happening on other days of the week as per this post. Hope to see you there!

  5. Susan Redd says:

    Robin HAGLUND did a well-organized tribute to her own mother by offer “Retire into Your Garden with Ease” on 25 May 2018. It is a service to the community to offer such a clear set of instructions. One of her abbreviations puzzled me, but now I won’t forget it: Her advice to us, DIFM means “Do it for me,” & there are times we need to allow others to lift that heavy rock, pull that stake, or repair those stone steps, so we do not injure ourselves. Her slides are well-paced, very inspiring. Her plug for art of quality (long lasting) for the garden will be applauded by many in the community. Useful tools that she recommended were an important part of her teaching. I am grateful for her session at the Padilla Bay Breazeale Center in Bow. I wish she were my neighbor!

  6. Wow Susan. Thank you for such kind words. It is an honor to inspire and empower others. Thanks for joining us!

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