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Spring countdown: Plant sales, events to get you started

Mar 2nd, 2017 | Category: Growing

Spring is on the minds of many; we’re eager for longer days, growing spring plants, seeing color popping, starting projects, and warming weather. With snow falling on the last day of February, and March’s forecast off to a wet and cold start, here’s look at some of the colorful, creative and community events happening this month to get you in the mood – a countdown to Spring. lynden craft and antique show

If you love daffodils, then head on down to the La Conner Daffodil Festival, a month-long celebration around the growth of the beautiful spring flower. Did you know RoozenGaarde grows more than 450 acres of daffodils?! As of press time, only a lone flower or two had bloomed in the hundreds of rows. Stay tuned to the online Daffodil Bloom Map to show where the blooms will be! Other events this month connected to the Festival are the Dandy Daffodil Tweed Ride, 52nd Annual Smelt Derby hosted by the Rotary Club of La Conner, and photography contest. For more information, visit www.lovelaconner.com/la-conner-daffodil-festival. And next month, tulips!

The Small Farm Expo, presented by the Whatcom Conservation District and Whatcom Public Works, offers the public a chance to learn about small farm issues and projects, and visit with local service providers, professionals and enthusiasts. View demonstrations and attend speaker presentations. Admission is free. Head to the Haggen Expo Building at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ask questions and take home answers.

The 31st annual Spring Lynden Craft & Antique Show runs March 16-18 at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden. Visit booths featuring handcrafted wares, home and garden décor, repurposed, vintage treasures and gourmet treats. Meet over 100 talented makers, who will inspire you with their creativity. Food and drinks available. Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (senior), and free 12 and under, and includes return privileges. Visit the Facebook page for more information about the show.

Don’t miss the Whatcom Farm Forestry Tree Sale on Saturday, March 18, and your chance to buy great trees at only $1 each. Trees include varieties of spruce, pine, fir, cedar, hemlock, sequoia, and more. The sale runs 10 a.m. to noon at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in the Henry Jansen Agricultural Center.

The Whatcom Conservation District Plant Sale will be Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Whatcom Community College. Approximately 40 species of native, bare-root, conservation grade trees and shrubs plus potted perennials will be available. Several growers, specialists, and community organizations will also be on hand to share information and products with the public. For more info, see the WCD Facebook page.

Also on March 25, the 29th Annual Fairhaven Plant and Tree Sale will host local and regional plant nurseries. Vendors donate a portion of sales to Fairhaven Neighbors, which uses proceeds for neighborhood projects and to help support other local non-profits. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hillcrest Chapel parking lot (corner of Old Fairhaven Parkway and 14th Street, Bellingham). For more information, see the event page on Facebook.

Slated for Saturday, April 1, the Whatcom County Dahlia Society Tuber Sale features hundreds of dahlia tubers, from the mini to the mighty in all colors and sizes. Head to the Bloedel Donovan Park in Bellingham to see the varieties and talk with growers who know their stuff! For more information, see whatcomcountydahliasociety.org.

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