Dunbar Gardens farmstand
I opened the farmstand with a small selection of produce. The garden is producing lettuce, spinach, chard, basil, zucchini, sugar snap peas, baby boc choy, broccoli, nappa cabbage, artichokes right now. Our farmstand is a low key affair. Most of the customers are regulars. People help themselves. Most come because they enjoy the fresh picked quality.
Spike the farmstand greeter
Of course some folks come just to say hi to Spike. (Or at least they tell her that while they are buying some apples.) We’re always a good destination for customers to bring friends and family to admire Katherine’s willow baskets.
willow baskets at Dunbar Gardens
Current schedule: Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10am to 6pm.
April is the Tulip Festival in the Skagit Valley and Dunbar Gardens is open.
another roadside attraction in the Skagit Valley
new hanging basket sign
no tulips but we have baskets
the take home message
willow baskets by Katherine Lewis
the reluctant greeter
Dunbar Gardens postcard
Here is my latest “postcard”. I like to make a montage of photos into a postcard for a Dunbar Gardens ‘handout’. We put our upcoming events and contact info on the backside of the card. Then we have something to offer folks who come by our table at events or even those who stop by the farm. I will say that I still don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to putting the image together with Photoshop, but I usually come out the other side with something to use.
previous Dunbar Gardens postcard
basketry willow in sunset glow
Winter on the farm. Clear day brings some lovely yellow and orange colors out in the basketry willows. I took this photo just before the sun set. The variety in the foreground is Salix purpurea ‘Dicky Meadows’. This variety is at the top of our list for usefulness in Katherine’s basketry and good production in the field. Of course, I can’t enjoy this view too long. I have to harvest all these withies before spring! These basketry willows are coppiced to the ground every year. The willow in the photo is one year’s growth. The slender, unbranched, pliable rods are what make the plant so useful to basketmakers. There is plenty more information about our willow growing at Dunbar gardens on our website page that describes the willow cuttings we offer for sale.