March Into Spring!
March is the month of budding promise, when Spring starts shyly with crocuses and daffodils, then explodes into brilliant color in April and May. South Whidbey is a gardener’s paradise, offering plenty of places to inspire your garden dreams and delight all your senses.
Feel your cares melt away and your inspiration peak at Bayview Farm & Garden. After strolling the beautiful grounds and the huge greenhouse, relax at the Flower House Cafe with an artisan coffee or homemade scone. Stop by the newly remodeled Garden Shop – bursting with beautiful, bright house plants, a stunning selection of products for the home and a built-in seed wall to fulfill all your garden dreams. Located at Bayview Corner. www.bayviewfarmandgarden.com
Venture Out Nursery is conveniently located on South Whidbey Island at the corner of the Highway 525 and Maxwelton Road.
The nursery was conceived by owners Garth and Molly Heggenes, and Chris and Tina Joselyn as a way to demonstrate their beautiful, unique landscape designs. Rather than relying on computer programs or sketches to show what a landscape would look like, they created a nursery with real examples of beautiful Pacific Northwest gardens.
Venture Out offers a wide variety of plants, from large specimens to tiny treasures. Walk the trails and enjoy the mature trees, large pond, stream, rain garden, rockeries, and water wheel. https://www.ventureoutnursery.com/
Chocolate Flower Farm, located on Saratoga Road just outside Langley, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. They offer seeds for rare and often exclusive dark colored plants and those that smell like chocolate. The Farm’s most popular plant is Chocolate Cosmos (the flower smells like chocolate), and this year for the first time ever, Chocolate Cosmos seeds are now included in the popular Chocolate Garden Seed Kits.
Chocolate Flower Farm also features chocolate themed products such as their famous Raspberry & Chocolate Jam, Chocolate Candles and Natural Cocoa Butter Body Products. http://www.chocolateflowerfarm.com
Island Art Glass is surrounded by forest, pasture land and two large wetland systems of Audubon birding significance, which deeply influences the art glass they create. Browse their on-site showroom or website and discover items for the garden, the outdoor room, inner patio, stream side or water feature — and the possibility for carryover into the home for special displays. Island Art Glass’s hand-blown and sculpted glass items are handcrafted for durability and lasting enjoyment. www.islandartglass.com
Meerkerk Gardens is open 7-days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wander the garden and trails and enjoy the seasonal displays of daffodils and tulips in March, rhododendrons in April and May, and the forest year-round. The nursery will re-open in March. Watch for the latest announcements about Meerkerk’s spring opening sale. www.meerkerkgardens.org
Earth Sanctuary combines exemplary ecology with art and spirit to create a sanctuary for birds and wildlife and a peaceful place for personal renewal and spiritual connection.
Earth Sanctuary is open to visitors every day of the year during daylight hours. There is a fee of $7 per person to visit Earth Sanctuary. No dogs, please. https://earthsanctuary.org/