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WSU Discovery Garden

With more than two dozen gardens showcasing hundreds of species of plants in various arrangements and growing methods, the Washington State University Discovery Garden has something for everyone.

Located amidst the agricultural test fields of the WSU Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in the fertile Skagit Valley, the gardens provide inspiration and instruction for the experienced grower and fledgling hobbyist alike.

Visitors can see the best of Northwest flora in three entrance gardens, take a calming stroll through the Naturescape and Japanese gardens and explore several sections specializing in everything from shade plants to irises and ornamental grasses to small fruits and vegetables.

There’s an all-access enabling garden for those with decreased strength or mobility, and kids have a whimsical section all to themselves.

Gardens are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Call ahead to find out about classes taught by the garden’s keepers, the Skagit County Master Gardeners.

16650 Highway 536,west of Mount Vernon | PH: 360-428-4270 ext. 227

Other Nearby Gardens & Nurseries

Skagit Valley Gardens
18923 Peter Johnson Road,south of Mount Vernon

Situated on 25 picturesque acres along Interstate 5, visitors can browse through dahlia beds, groves of trees featuring spring-blooming flowers at their feet and retail greenhouses.

A gift store and the Garden Cafe are also on site. | PH: 360-424-6760

Christianson’s Nursery
15806 Best Road, west of Mount Vernon

Seasonal tours on the 7-acre garden site and on La Conner Flats, the 11-acre English country garden right next door, offer visitors a look at common and uncommon plants.

The nursery provides patrons with seeds of all kinds, useful and beautiful outdoor and indoor plants and flowers, including many roses and rhododendrons.

The site features a one-room 1888 schoolhouse where a classic afternoon tea is available after tours and where assorted gardening workshops are held during the growing season. | PH: 360-466-3821