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.

(revised 2/2020)


Children's Garden Plant List

#Botanical NameCultivarCommon nameTreeNative
Chamaecyparis pisifera 'Squarrosa Minima'false cypress
1Achillea millefolium 'Moonshine'yarrow
2Ajuga reptanscarpet bugle, bugle weed
3Alchemilla mollislady’s mantle
4Allium sativum L.garlic
6Antirrhinum majusminiature snapdragons
8Aruncus dioicusgoatsbeard**
9Carex buchananiibronze sedge grass
10Centranthus ruberred valerian, Jupiter’s beard
12Clematis viticella 'Polish Spirit'violet
13Cornus sericea 'Flaviramea'yellow twig dogwood
14Dicentra formosawestern bleeding heart, Pacific bleeding heart*
15Digitalis purpureafoxglove
16Fragaria x ananassa 'Fern'fern strawberries
18Helianthus annuussunflower
20Heucheracoral bells
21Hosta 'Abby'hosta
22Hydrangea macrophylla 'Venice Raven'hydrangea
23Hylotelephium spectabile 'Autumn Joy'stonecrop
24Leucanthemumshasta daisy
25LiliumAsiatic lily
26Lobularia maritimaalyssum
27Lonicera periclymenum 'Harlequin'variegated honeysuckle
28Malus domestica 'Liberty'apple
29Melissa officinalislemon balm
30Morus alba 'Pendula'weeping mulberry
33Nepeta 'Dropmore'catnip
34Osmanthus 'Burkwood'osmanthus
35Physalis alkekengiChinese lantern
36Pinus contortashore pine*
37Polystichum munitumwestern swordfern*
39Rosa 'New Dawn'large flowered climbing rose
40Sisyrinchium bellum 'Quaint & Queer'blue-eyed grass
41Spiraea japonica 'Magic Carpet'Japanese spirea
42Stachys byzantina 'Big Ears'lamb’s ears
44Syringa 'Josee'dwarf re-blooming lilac
45Tsuga mertensianamountain hemlock*
47Verbascum thapus (Linn.)great mullein
48Viola reichenbachianaviola