Inspiration Farm

Gossamer Studio Tour and Fall Plant Sale

We are in the transition time of Fall, Election and Covid-19… So what are we doing?

We are hosting a fall studio tour as part of the revamped Whatcom Artist Studio Tour schedule Oct 3rd to the 17th, As well as a fall Plant Sale during the same time frame. We invite you to stop on by for either one.

If you would like to book a time for your group to visit the gallery you can do so here.  We can accommodate visitors with parties of up to 5 people. Masks and physical distancing are required, hand sanitizer will be available before entry into the Glass Gallery.

If you want to visit the nursery to select a few plant for fall planting, we are having our Permaculture nursery plant sale in hopes that you will find something to add to your perennial food security system.

Here we are at Fall…. oh so fast, Summer has passed! Where did the time go? This season has been so abundant we could hardly keep up with the harvesting of all the fruit that is coming on in our newer systems. First were Cherries, honey berries, goumi berry, then plumbs, raspberries, shipova and Asian pear. Then the finger was out of the dike all the other fruit came ripe, apples, grapes, mulberries, walnuts, filberts, chestnuts and more. We could hardly keep up with gathering off our trees. Some firs time bearers this year were the pine nuts and the shipova OMG how good! Along with many new apple and pear varieties. Not to mention our annual crops that all did well.

I like to plant trees and shrubs in the Fall for the most part because it gives the plant all winter to set roots while the top is dormant. During the winter there is lots of water and not a lot of sun so the plants put their energy into setting up a good root system so they head into Summer well established. The second best time to plant perennials is early in the Spring but it gives the plant less time to set roots. With some plants I do prefer to plant in the Spring is if the plant is frost sensitive like a fig, citrus or elderberry. These plants like to have a well established root system before the go through a good freeze.

We want to share high density food nutrition abundance with everyone so we have put a lot of energy into our nursery plant propagation and it did well this year. We are well stocked in productive permaculture plants to help get your system kick started with berries, fruit and nut trees, vines, nitrogen fixers and more! What do you need in your system?

We are here to help you with seeds, plant advice and whole systems design. Just let us know how we can help and let’s talk.

Here is a list of some of the plants that we have available for fall planting.


Grafted Trees: Apples, Asian Pear, Plums, European Pears

Trees from cuttings: Figs, Desert king, Staghorn Sumac

Trees layered: Black locust, Linden tree, Rowen Mountain Ash, Hawthorn

Trees from seed: Pine nut seedlings, chestnuts, 3 types blight resistant Filbert seedlings, English walnuts, Japanese heartnuts

Shrubs: Honey Berry, Autumn Olive, Sweet Scarlet Goumi, Raspberries, Seabuckthorn, Black Current, Red Current, Jostaberry, Gooseberry, Aronia, Black Elderberry, Beauty Berry Bush, 3 types of Bamboo, Rhubarb

Vines: Wine Grapes, Seedless table Grapes, Hardy Kiwi, Hops

Herbs: Comfrey, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme, Sweet Sicily, Mallow, Valerian, Nettle, Yarrow, Mint x3, lemon balm, Luvage, borage, calendula.

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