Declare Vaccination Status

To participate in Master Gardening activities, you must complete this new declaration of you vaccination status.

1. Complete the quick online survey by clicking below.

2. After completing the survey, show your vaccine card (or photo thereof) to Alex or one of her designated representatives (Deborah Smeltzer, Sandra Swarbrick, or Diana Wisen).  Thank you for volunteering!

Submit a Garden Announcement

Tell everyone where you need help, provide an update on your garden, report a lost tool, or just share information.  The deadline for weekly inputs is Friday at midnight for the weekend email to the Garden Workers distribution list.  Email the Garden Managers.

Discovery Garden Announcements (Updated October 10)

Pollinator Garden Annex

Alix Foster

A huge shoutout to all of you who helped me in digging up "unwanted" plants, breaking up the soil and removing truly unwanted roots, extending the border to give the plants room to grow, adding compost and mulch in the new addition to the Pollinator Garden-- all in a day's work (would you believe?). Oh Wow is all I can say! What a crew-- and YOU are exactly why I love being a MG. I couldn't have done it without your help, Herta, Debi, Anita, Anne, and Deborah. As a result of all your herculean efforts, I have now planted spring bulbs and a number of plants so that the area is not a bare patch of ground this winter. We'll see what spring brings! Again, my heartfelt thanks, Alix.
Plant House Roof Replacement

Laurie Johnson

The new roof is up so there won’t be any more ladder climbs to repair the old one with duct tape! Many thanks to the fabulous crew that made it happen. Bob Bryan organized the installation and the helping hands were Sandra (brought cookies), Hank, Claire, Deborah, Diane & Jose Romero and Laurie & Paul Johnson.


Plant House Roof Material

Laurie Johnson

The Plant House roof was replaced Thursday, 10/7. There are 2 sheets of used 6 mil plastic 24' x 36' with plenty of life left - free to anyone that can use it. We purchased a 100' roll of 6 mil Polyethylene Greenhouse Film for the new roof. There is a remaining 28' x 24' sheet on the roll we will gladly negotiate for a donation. Contact Laurie for more information.
Vaccination Verification at the Garden

Deborah Smeltzer

LAST CALL for vaccination card viewing at the Discovery Garden. FIRST, YOU MUST COMPLETE THE QUALTRICS SURVEY. The link is on Members Corner. SECOND, YOU NEED TO SHOW YOUR VACCINE CARD OR A PHOTO THEREOF to Alex or one of her designated representatives (Deborah Smeltzer, Sandra Swarbrick, or Diana Wisen). Several venues will be made available to complete the verification sign-off in the coming weeks, including: WSU Extension Office, Discovery Garden, and Zoom.

On Tuesday, Oct 12, Deborah will be available at the Discovery Garden Pavilion from 10:00 to 10:15 AM and again from 11:45 AM until Noon to view vaccination cards or photos of cards for ANY MG WHO HAS COMPLETED THE QUALTRICS SURVEY and WHO IS FULLY VACCINATED (or will be fully vaccinated by October 18). If you have any questions, please contact Alex duPont at email: Thank you.

Wood Chip Delivery & Garden Waste Removal

Deborah Smeltzer

On Tuesday, October 12th between 9 and 9:30 AM, Deborah and David will deliver 6 cubic yards of cedar playground chips to the front entry of the Discovery Garden. Please leave vacant the handicapped parking space next to the fence. Volunteers with wheelbarrows to haul chips are welcome. These chips are intended for Naturescape and Small Fruits Garden.

If you need chips, please contact Deborah (650-740-8703) by no later than Monday evening, October 11th. Once the trailer is empty, it will be available at the Garden front entry to receive garden waste - no chopping is required. The loaded trailer will depart at 1:30 PM. All waste should meet our DG standards (NO Nutsedge, Horsetail, Spotted Spurge, or Roses). If room is available we will also clear out the Green and Brown Bins in the Compost Area.

Composting Help


We could use some help pulling some of the wire weed out of the compost bin to get it ready for the last load of the season.
Problem Weeds

Deborah Smeltzer

Reminder that: - NUTSEDGE needs to go in the TRASH - HORSETAIL and SPOTTED SPURGE need to go in the YUCK BIN (do NOT put in the Compost Bin).

Euphorbia maculata - spotted or prostrate spurge (right)

Spotted spurge is a summer annual weed with a prostrate growth habit that flourishes in warm climates and dies back after frost. It is typically found in sidewalk cracks, gravel, roadsides, gardens, and sometimes woodlands. Even tiny seedlings can flower and set prolific amounts of seed which has limited or no dormancy.

Cyperus esculentus (below) - yellow nutsedge - Class B Noxious Weed in WA - Yellow nutsedge spreads by seed and by tubers, rhizomes, and corm-like basal bulbs. Seeds and tubers are dispersed with agricultural and nursery activities, soil movement and by water. Seeds can also be dispersed by the wind. LINK


Budget Requests

Deborah Smeltzer

Garden Coordinators - Please drop off your completed 2022 Budget Request in the plastic box with lid in the Shed next to the sign-in clipboard. Extra Budget Forms are in a folder in the vertical rack at the same location or online in the Members Corner Admin section under Financial.
If you have any questions about your budget or garden plan, please contact Debi Kirac, Janet Kowalski, Diane Bauman, or Deborah Smeltzer.

Email the Garden Managers

Standing Notes:

Sign In / Sign Out - Use the Sign In sheets in the Shed, Plant House or Greenhouse to sign in with the date, your name, the time you started working in the garden, where you worked in the garden and the time you left the garden.  Be sure to Sign Out when you depart.

Parking - If you park by NW Fruit, use common sense if it has been rainy.  Please do not park close to the Elm trees as it compacts the soil around their roots. Also, please do not block the reader board sign.

Compost Area
PLEASE be careful about what you put in our Discovery Garden Compost Bins. Recently, forbidden material has been found in the compost bins. These include: ROSE clippings, NUTSEDGE, HORSETAIL, PLASTICS, METAL. Remember - GARBAGE IN means GARBAGE OUT! Garden Coordinators and those on your teams should be more careful to keep these materials out of our system. If you don't want it in your soil or garden, don't throw it in the compost piles. If you are not sure where something should go, read the signage, or ask. When in doubt, put it in the Yuck bin or the trash.

Please follow these COMPOST AREA GUIDELINES:

- NUTSEDGE, PLASTIC, METAL goes in the TRASH. This includes plant tags, wire, stakes, string, plastic sheeting, zip ties, etc. Try to be alert to foreign objects that do not belong in the compost (or the chipper) and remove them to the garbage.

- ROSES, HORSETAIL, and DISEASED MATERIAL goes in the YUCK bin. Remove dirt first. This is taken to the NWREC burn pile or municipal waste.

- Knock all SOIL OFF green or woody material and leave in your garden area. SOD goes in the SOD BIN. Shake off soil and separate it from your greens. Soil does not make compost.

- CHOP ALL GREENS into bins # 1 or #2. Our GREEN BIN is currently full and can take no more material.

- WOODY materials need to be laid straight into the BROWN BIN for easy removal. Diameter of the sticks should be no more than 2.5 inches. Bent and heavily branched sticks need to be trimmed. Woody material is processed in our chipper. Your prep effort means the Compost Team can spend less time processing all the material and less fuel running the noisy chipper.

- Long grasses and day lilies must be chopped - do NOT put in the Brown Bin. They will foul the chipper and disable the machine resulting in costly repairs. THANK YOU.

Compost Piles - La Conner compost/mulch is in the large bin north of the Shed. There is also compost from our DG generated process available in the compost area.

Sluggo - located in the wheelbarrow shed inside the cabinet to the right of the door as you walk in.

Lost and Found - Lost and Found is located in the box in the center of the shed.

Pesticide Use - Click here to download the Pesticide Approval Form.  Please email the Garden Managers BEFORE applying pesticides to your garden. Advance notice through email is the only way we can notify your fellow Gardeners that you are using pesticides. Glyphosate (Round Up) and Pre-emergents (Preen) are included in the notice requirement. You do not have to declare the use of Sluggo (Iron Phosphate).

Grants - SCMGF has a Grants team. We are responsible for submitting grant applications when appropriate. If you have a budget request that cannot be met with our regular budget, we might be able to get the funds needed through a grant. Please fill out the grant application request form and submit it via email to :

DG Budget - The current budget is always posted on the Members Corner under the Foundation and Board Financial tab.