Skagit horticulture locations

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Skagit horticulture locations. Friluftskultur, Riesenporte, Bananenfrucht

We’re excited to partner with Ecological Solutions to share their experiences, tips and tricks and resources to support local community gardening. Do you have similar local garden opportunities? Let us know!

Yvonne Lechowicz is a master gardener, author, consultant and speaker on holistic food systems. She is the founder and current director of L’eau Vive! ( and co-author of Healthy Gardens, Healthy Lives: Growing Food, Keeping People (Howell Press, 2007).

The Friluftskultur Club is made up of people who enjoy a well-tended garden and all that it brings. They are interested in developing their growing skills as well as meeting and sharing in their mutual interest. The club offers a monthly meeting where you can meet new people and share your talents.

The cost is $20 a year for an individual membership or $25 for a family membership. You can choose monthly membership or pay in advance for a longer term membership. For more information or to join, please contact Melissa Morris, 904-458-2684.

If you have been a regular visitor here for some time, you’ll already know that the garden is close to the border of the Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, WA. However, if you don’t know, or don’t live in Skagit, you may be asking where exactly is it.

The garden is one of hundreds of food gardens in the region, nestled into the Mount Vernon landscape. The garden at Walker Homestead is unique, however, because it is a hundred year old, traditionally horticulture site on Federal land. That makes it legally protected in some important ways. It is not owned by anyone, it belongs to the public. It is considered a cultural site because of the long history of horticulture at the property. It is considered sacred by some and has been designated as an Aboriginal Cultural Landscape, which means it must be visited by all in a respectful manner.

Here are two walks through the garden and into the past

In 2018, we continued our summer garden theme, with an emphasis on ecological aspects. So, the summer garden theme at Walker Homestead this year was “Resilience.” We created a somewhat whimsical garden space to reflect a diverse and sustainable agriculture-based community, with goals to enhance the property as a refuge and demonstrate how to maintain a food forest in a regional landscape.

Photograph by Larry Long

The new garden theme reflects the many resilience-focused partnerships with which we have been involved. This is a time of thoughtful innovation, growth, possibility and change for us all.

As you walk through the garden and onto the grounds of the property, you will have lots of visual reminders of just how dramatic an ecosystem Walker Homestead and the surrounding landscape have become. You will also find a great deal of fun. For instance, I promise you will have the opportunity to make a “flying sphinx” with herbs and leaves from the garden. It’s an adaptation of a Chanssois sphinx that was once used in Europe for a remedy for asthma.

Here are a few glimpses of the garden you can see from the top of the hill.

A gourd in the herb garden, planted by Mara Banks

Old apple trees in the fruit orchard

Lilacs in the grass

An old lemon tree

A red raspberry bush

A rhubarb plant with the first strawberries of the season


The trees were chosen for their beauty, and their seasonal use throughout the seasons. They mark the four main seasons of the year and represent the elements – fire, water, wind and soil. The trees have been planted with the intention of protecting them and keeping them productive for as long as possible.

Red raspberries were planted late this year to create a new berry patch. The white lilies were transplanted to the front lawn last year and have not only provided much needed beauty to the landscape, but also a fresh boost to our bee population. One bee friend went with them.

The design concept and gardens at Walker Homestead were made possible by a special Grant from the Skagit Regional Land Trust. Because this grant was made available to all regional land trusts, more than 90% of the funds went to those of us in the Skagit Valley.

The restoration garden began at the end of January. We began by clearing the site and planting a number of annual and perennial wildflowers and seedlings. The annuals were included in hopes that the initial assortment of plants would attract beneficial insects and provide more years of enjoyment before the perennials take over.

Here is a look at what we did in the spring

Jedným z našich prvých krokov bolo odstrániť veľký strom, ktorý sa stal veľmi nezdravým v záhrade.

Po odstránení stromu sa zem vyčistila zo všetkých burín a zvyškov. Urobili to jeden z našich dobrovoľníkov.

Veľa zvyškov sa recyklovalo do mulča pre nové záhradné postele.

Nové postele boli pripravené a pokryté vrstvou mulča.

Počas procesu prípravy a prípravy miesta na výsadbu sme vysadili približne 75 trvalých rastlín. Patria sem bylinky, stromy a kríky.

Niektoré trvalky budú kvitnúť neskôr tento rok v lete alebo na jeseň.

Nové záhradné postele sú v tomto bode tieňované stromami, ktoré poskytujú ochranu pred intenzívnym letným slnkom, ale tiež umožňujú rýchlejší rast v tomto regióne.

Ekologické výkopy boli vykopané.

Záhrada bola kostovaná tak, aby tráva mohla na niekoľko dní vyschnúť.

Ďalšími krokmi bolo vyčistenie a prípravu pôdy na výsadbu.

Tri veľké vykopávky naplnené štrkom sú zaujímavou črtou tejto záhrady.

Toto je jedna z mnohých vyvýšených záhradných postelí, ktoré sme vytvorili. Každá vyvýšená posteľ má svoj vlastný zdroj vody

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