Monthly Archives: March 2013

March Featured Plant: Bleeding Heart

The old fashioned Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis, is super easy to grow It is deer-resistant, fragrant, and has exquisite flower structure. It was one of the favorites in Grandma’s garden! Grows well in shade, goes dormant in the heat of summer, and is a charming early bloomer. We have many flowering perennials…stop by and see what’s new!

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Buy $25, Get 4 Baby Chicks FREE

Come in and spend $25 and choose four baby chicks to take home for free! March is the perfect time to bring home these little darlings and get them started on the road to becoming adult egg-layers.

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Spring Fling 2013 Speakers

Spring Fling Speaker: Annie Reiss

Annie Reiss of Skagit Gardens with BFG Plant Buyer Vanessa O'Donnell

Annie Reiss of Skagit Gardens with BFG Plant Buyer Vanessa O’Donnell

At 11am, Annie Reiss of Skagit Gardens will demonstrate potting up a spring and summer container.

About Skagit Gardens
In 1966 Skagit Gardens was founded by Jim and Ruth Youngsman. In 1967 they built their first 20′ x 150′ greenhouse and the rest is history…A large wholesale nursery, Skagit Gardens (rhymes with gadget) is located in Mount Vernon, Washington.

Spring Fling Speaker: Valerie Easton

At 2 PM, author Valerie Easton of the Seattle Times will give a talk, Q&A, and book signing. Her talk is entitled: “Eight Years On: Val EastonWhidbey Garden Renewal and Renovation”

Valerie Easton’s Bio
Valerie Easton…long time Seattle Times garden columnist, author of 5 gardening books, blogs at www.valeaston.com and teaches yoga in Langley.

Reviews of Valerie’s book, Petal and Twig:

“Valerie Easton, a Seattle-based garden writer, discusses the art of growing and arranging cut flowers in “Petal and Twig: Seasonal Bouquets With Blossoms, Branches and Grasses From Your Garden” (Sasquatch Books; $16.95). Written as an informal diary, with photographs of arrangements from her own garden, and tips on cutting and keeping flowers fresh, the book inspires ideas not only on what to grow but on how to combine (or not) those beauties inside.

— Anne Raver, New York Times

“Over the years, countless books have espoused a low-maintenance approach to gardening. None have been as engaging, practical, or inspiring as this latest of Easton’s contributions to the gardener’s bookshelf,” 

Pacific Horticulture Magazine, Jan/Feb/Mar 2010

“A handy guide to a garden you can raise without a corresponding increase in your blood pressure..handsome and informative….” 


- Metropolitan Home, Dec. 2009

 

Spring Fling: March 30th 20% Off All Plants!

On March 30th from 10 am to 4 pm, we will be having our Spring Fling and celebrating our 20th year in business. Come by and enjoy talks from Annie Reiss from Skagit Gardens, Val Easton of the Seattle Times, live music, refreshments and door prizes while you shop for your spring garden. We have 20% off all plants to celebrate our 20th anniversary!

A Word from Maureen Murphy, Owner

Twenty years ago, Bayview Farm & Garden opened the doors to the public for the first time. We had five parking spaces, a borrowed bathroom and less than half the land we have now. We had no staff break room, so the few employees sat in their cars for their breaks. Our office was a closet, which also doubled as a closet. There have been many changes since then. My company was a pioneer and an oddball in this industry because of our commitment to organics and a non-toxic approach to gardening. These days, being “green” is mainstream and we no longer suffer the ridicule of being “tree-huggers” (not that that’s a bad thing).

I have always felt that the industry that brings so much life and beauty to the world shouldn’t also be the industry that brings so much poison, death and damage to our fragile ecosystems. I felt that those of us that are privileged to live in this great Salish Sea watershed have an obligation to the health of this unique biosphere. Our business plan was established upon this concept.
In my heart, I’m privately celebrating this milestone and thinking of all of you who have supported us over the years. Hal and Julane Merka were our very first customers and their dollar is in a frame in the office.

On March 30th we will be having our Spring Fling and celebrating our 20th year in business with some special events and I hope you’ll be able to join us for that.

Many thanks to my awesome community…what a grand adventure it has been!