Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

In this garden parents and children share the pleasure of gardening and find ideas for their own yards. The entry through a weeping mulberry is a perfect place to play hide-and-seek. Visitors enjoy a snack with Alice and the Queen of Hearts at the picnic table. A game of checkers, a splash in the water, or helming the boat are also possibilities. Kids of all sizes can exchange a book at the Children’s Garden Lending Library.


The Children’s Garden is a place where both children and parents can delight in exploring the natural world.   We hope to provide ideas for creating gardening fun in your own yard and community.
Enter the garden from one side under a weeping mulberry tree---a perfect place for a game of hide and seek.  As you walk down the yellow brick road, you can begin a game of hopscotch.
In the summer, you can walk into the “house of sunflowers.”  Be sure to tell our curious stone turtle in there, “Hello!”  Outside near the fence, can you find the mason bee hotel?
Across the little road there is a lending library where you can exchange a book or sit on the grass to read.  Near the library box is a sun-warmed birdbath.  In the nearby tree hang bird feeders.  Can you find them?  If you are very still, you may see birds eating there.
As you go further into the garden, you will see a boat which you can sail yourself.  A little further on is a rock-bound reflection pool.  Can you see your face?
To the left is a checkerboard with giant checkers, and a board that tells you how to play a game.  A sandbox near the checkerboard sits next to Alice in Wonderland, the Red Queen, and the Mad Hatter.  Come and play.  Enjoy a snack at the big red picnic table near the pine tree or under the apple tree near Alice.
Have fun, and come again soon.

Children's Garden Plant List

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon NameTreeNative
1Achillea millefolium 'Moonshine'yarrow
2Alchemilla mollislady’s mantle
3Allium sativum L.garlic
4Amelanchier alnifoliaserviceberryTN
6Carex buchananiibronze sedge grass
7Centranthus ruberred valerian, Jupiter’s beard
8Chamaenerion angustifoliumfireweed
9Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'violet
10Clematis viticella 'Etoile violette'purple clematis
11Clethrasweet pepper bush
12Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'yellow twig dogwood
13Dicentra formosawestern bleeding heart, Pacific bleeding heartN
14Digitalis purpureafoxglove
15Helianthus annuussunflower
16Heucheracoral bells
17Hosta 'Abby'hosta
18Hydrangea macrophylla 'Venice Raven'hydrangea
19Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy'stonecrop
23LeucanthemumShasta daisy
25Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin'honeysuckle
27Malus domestica 'Liberty'apple
28Malva moschatamuskmallow
29Melissa officinalislemon balm
30Morus alba 'Pendula'weeping mulberry
32Osmanthus 'Burkwood'osmanthus
33Phormium cookianummountain flax
34Physalis alkekengiChinese lantern
35Pinus contortashore pineN
36Polystichum munitumwestern sword fernN
38Rhodiola roseagoldenroot
39Rosa 'New Dawn'climbing rose
40Sisyrinchium bellum 'Quaint & Queer'blue-eyed grass
41Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet'Japanese spirea
42Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'lamb's ears
43Thuja occidentalisAnna's magic ball arborvitae
20Iris ensata 'Pink Dimity'Japanese water iris
21Juncus effususfield rushN
22Juncus ensifoliusdagger rushN
24Elymus mollisAmerican dune grassN
44Typha latifoliacattail, reedmaceN