FERNDALE — Warm summer days bring the nearly 80 daylilies planted around the historic home at Hovander Homestead Park, 5299 Nielsen Ave., to peak bloom. This year, on two Sundays, July 19 and July 26, from noon to 2 p.m., visitors to the WSU Whatcom Master Gardener Demonstration Gardens at Hovander will be treated to a special daylily bloom exhibit.
 
Master Gardener Marilyn Glenn will be on hand to explain how modern daylilies are very different from what your grandmother planted and to answer questions about growing them. Glenn is a member of the American Daylily Society and past president of the Puget Sound Daylily Club. Her home garden is an official American Daylily Society display garden.
 
The WSU Whatcom County Demonstration Gardens at Hovander Park are a horticultural classroom, providing educational information and visual demonstrations of home gardening methods for herb, perennial, annual, vegetable, native and pollinator plants. There is also a weed identification garden and a children’s garden.
 
A second demonstration garden is at the historic Roeder Home at 2600 Sunset Drive, Bellingham. It features plants that would have been found in gardens of an earlier era. 
 
WSU Master Gardener volunteers maintain both gardens and are available on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. through September to answer gardening questions. Just look for the Ask A Master Gardener sign identifying where a Master Gardener is working and available in the gardens.