Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977


WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center
16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Garden Tours

Guided tours of the Discovery Garden will be offered on a regular basis during the day or do a self-guided tour of our 27 garden rooms with individual themes.  While you are enjoying the gardens:
- Check out our new wildlife snag
- Follow the yellow brick road
- See our raised bed designs
- Watch mason bees in action
- Browse the children's lending library
- Look for frogs and fish in the ponds
- Discover the online plant list
- See a tree support system

Also visit the adjacent Salal Chapter Native Plant Garden and NW Fruit gardens. See below for more info.


Ask A Master Gardener Day

Discovery Garden
Annual Open House

Saturday June 25, 2022
(annually the last Saturday in June)
10:00am - 2:00pm

- Garden Tours / Demonstrations /Exhibits
- Plant Clinic / Plant ID / Noxious Weeds
- Garden Tool Sharpening / Plant Sale
- Children's Activities

Visit Salal Chapter Native Plant Garden and NW Fruit at the same location.  Tours available at all 3 gardens.

Bring the Entire Family...

Demonstration Schedule

10:30 Creating a Pollinator Friendly Garden (Pollinator Garden)
11:30 Rose Care  (Rose Garden)
12:00 Pruning - Let in the Light! (Naturescape)
12:30 Natural Plant Dyes (Herb Garden)
1:30 Raised Bed and No-Till Gardening (Vegetable Garden)

All Day Long Educational Exhibits

- Bring your problems to our on-site Plant Clinic and Plant ID booths at the Pavilion.  Master Gardeners will be available to help you one-on-one for answers to your garden questions.
- Learn how to identify and stop the spread of Noxious Weeds.  Joseph Shea, Skagit County Noxious Weed Coordinator will be here to help.
- Want to learn about Composting?  See how we do it in the Discovery Garden and feed the worms.
- Want to grow bigger Vegetables?  Visit our vegetable garden for tips on growing your own food in Skagit County.
- Find out how about Plant Propagation at the Plant House.
- We will help you find the perfect plant at our Plant Sale.
- Free Garden Tool Sharpening at the Gazebo.  Bring your dull garden shears and have them sharpened free by a Master Gardener.
- Kid's Activities available all day.
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NW Fruit
(Western Washington Fruit Research Foundation)

A 6 acre fruit orchard open to the public 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. Learn about fruit tree varieties that grow well in the PNW, and how to care for them. There is a Self-guided Tour which begins at the kiosk at the east side of the center oval with 40 points of interest. Find out more.
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Salal Chapter Native Plant Garden

The Native Plant Garden is a half-acre oasis that holds the seeds for the future of native plants in the lower Skagit Valley. It was created twenty-five years ago as a collaboration between the Salal Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society and the Washington State University Agriculture Extension Agency at Mount Vernon (WSU). Learn about gardening with natives, conservation and invasive species.  Find out more on the Washington Native Plant Society Website.