Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1977

Discovery Garden Open House
June 29th, 2024     10am - 2pm

Explore 8 acres of gardens at one location in Skagit Valley

Skagit Valley is home to three demonstration gardens operated by volunteers as a learning resource for the public. On the last Saturday of June, the gardens host an open house. See plants chosen to perform well in the Pacific Northwest. Learn about effective garden practices, soil health, composting, pollinators, fruit tree pruning, native plants, weed identification, and more. Bring your family and friends.

The gardens are located on the grounds of Washington State University (WSU) Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center (NWREC) at Mount Vernon, WA (map).

If you can’t make the open house, all three gardens are free to visit and open to the public 7 days a week from dawn to dusk. Take a self-guided tour!

Tour the Gardens

with the

Discovery Passport

Passport Front Page

Skagit County
WSU Extension
Master Gardener Discovery Garden

Discover the 30 garden rooms with individual themes.  While you are enjoying the gardens:  check out our 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; see a tree support system; discover the online plant list...

Western Washington
Fruit Research Foundation
(NW Fruit)

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, or just tour the Antique Apple Collection.

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.