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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!

Bare Root Stock 25% Off!

February is a great month to start planting bare root tree stock. Since trees are Bramley's_Seedling_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1537220dormant this time of year, it’s a great time to plant. The cooler temperatures allow the tree to ease in to its new growing conditions, reducing the effects of transplant shock.

Our most popular bare root stock is fruit trees, though we have others like red maple, Katsura, birch and aspen. We have many standard and dwarf varieties of fruit trees. Below is a listing of what’s available:

All trees are semi-dwarf unless otherwise noted ( grows 12’ – 15’ Tall and Wide)

APPLES

  • AKANE
  • ASHMEADS KERNAL
  • BENI SHOGUN FUJI
  • BRAMLEY’S SEEDLING
  • CHEHALIS
  • CORTLAND
  • COX’S ORANGE PIPPIN
  • ENTERPRISE
  • GRAVENSTEIN
  • HONEYCRISP
  • JONAGOLD
  • KING
  • LIBERTY
  • MACOUN
  • MUTSU
  • PRISTINE
  • ROSEY GLOW
  • SNOWSWEET
  • SPARTAN
  • WILLIAM’S PRIDE
  • WHITNEY CRABAPPLE
  • ZESTAR

DWARF APPLES:

  • AKANE
  • GRAVENSTEIN
  • HONEYCRISP
  • JONAGOLD
  • LIBERTY
  • SPARTAN

EUROPEAN PEARS:

  • ANJOU
  • BARTLETT
  • CLAPP’S FAVORITE
  • ORCAS
  • RESCUE
  • UBILEEN

           ASIAN PEARS:

  • KOSUI
  • NIJISSEIKI (20TH CENTURY)
  • SHINSEIKI
  • SHINGLOW

 DWARF CHERRY:

  • LAPIN
  • GLACIER
  • MONTMORENCY
  • SUREFIRE
  • RAINIER
  • ANGELA
  • STELLA

PLUMS:

  • BEAUTY
  • GREEN GAGE
  • ITALIAN PRUNE
  • METHLEY
  • SHIRO
  • SENECA
  • IMPERIAL EPINEUSE

STONE FRUIT:

  • FROST PEACH
  • HARGLOW APRICOT
  • HARDY RED NECTARINE

COMBO & ESPALIERED:

  • 4 – WAY COMBO APPLE
  • 4 – WAY COMBO ASIAN PEAR
  • 4 – WAY COMBO PLUM
  • 3 – TIER ESPALIER COMBO APPLE
  • ESPALIER LIBERTY APPLE
  • ESPALIER SPARTAN APPLE
  • ESPALIER EURO PEAR
  • ESPALIER ASIAN PEAR

 NUT TREES:

  • CASCADE WALNUT
  • BARCELONA FILBERT
  • BUTLER FILBERT

 David Wright [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


 

Holiday Open House and Photos with Santa!

Holiday Open House and Photos with Santa!

Coming December 1st, save the date!
Hot drinks, munchies, music, Christmas trees, fun, and of course Santa Claus will be here. Bring kids, dogs, lizards, donkeys…all are welcome to take photos with Santa!

 

Join Us for our Annual Wreath Making Class!

Join Us for our Annual Wreath Making Class!
Sunday, November 25th, 2 pm
With Elea Acheson
Call (360) 321 6789 to register

We’re getting out our funky wreath making machine because its time to have some fun with wild foliage. Learn how to make and decorate your own wreath using wildcraft techniques as well as old traditions. Class cost is $10.00 and includes instructions, wreath frame, and 1/2 an hour with the machine. Bring your own greens, or buy them here. Class is held in our greenhouse so dress warmly. Hot drinks provided.

Photo by Cuttlefish via Flickr

Small Business Saturday, November 24th

Join us as we celebrate small community businesses…

If competition is good for business, then community is good for the soul. We here at Bayview Farm & Garden believe that it takes a community to keep an economy healthy. We want to encourage you to spend your dollars locally, with us, with our neighbors, and with our friends. Every dollar you spend on Whidbey helps us all. So from Saturday November 24th – to January 1st, we are offering you a 10% discount* on your purchase when you bring us a receipt from any local business dated Nov 24th-Jan 1st. We will honor any Whidbey Island business receipt.

“For every $100 dollars you spend locally, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home” – www.the350project.net

*Sorry, this discount not available for animal feed.

By Revisorweb (Own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

It’s Time Once Again for Apple Day and Mutt Strut!

Historic Bayview Corner will host Apple Day, featuring the Mutt Strut dog parade and costume contest, on Saturday, October 20, 11 am – 3 pm. Free admission with a charge for food and beverages; takes place rain or shine. This annual event is organized & sponsored by Bayview Farm & Garden, Goosefoot Community Fund and Bayview Farmers Market.

Apple Day and Mutt Strut Dog Parade & Costume Contest to take place at Whidbey Island’s Historic Bayview Corner on Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11 am – 3 pm. Be sure to strut on over to Baview Farm and Garden for “Yappy Hour” with refreshments for both four- and two-legged contestants. 2:30 pm.

This family friendly community festival will feature the following activities:

Apple Pressing & Tasting Stations
Staff from Bayview Farm & Garden will be on hand pressing apples for fresh cider and leading you through a delicious apple tasting experience. 11 am – 3 pm. Stop in to taste a variety of ciders and then order your apple tree for next year based on your favorite!

The Mutt Strut: Dress up your favorite canine for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut Dog Parade & Costume Contest, organized by Goosefoot. This year’s panel of judges features prominent members of South Whidbey’s prolific theater community including: Deanna Duncan, actor & production director at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts; Andrew Grenier, director & actor; Shelley Hartle, actor & musical director; Suzanne Kelman, playwright & actress; and David Ossman, writer & comedian.

Prizes awarded for:
* best dog costume
* best owner & dog costume combo
* best trick
* best celebrity dog
* This year features a new prize category for best owner costume!

There might even be a surprise prize category or two made up on the spot by emcee and Whidbey Island’s “conductor of fun” Jim Freeman. Registration for the Mutt Strut begins at 12:30 pm; parade at 1:30 pm.

Other Activities:
* Apple Stacking contest for all ages, sponsored by the Bayview Farmers Market
* Live music
* Local wine tasting
* Bayview Farmers Market on-site, featuring more than 50 vendors representing farmers, producers, artisans, and chefs.
* Representatives from local animal organizations will have booths with information about animal adoption, resources, and more!