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Master Gardener program seeks volunteer educators

Oct 2nd, 2018 | Category: Growing

The local Master Gardener Programs are accepting applications for the Master Gardener Certification program. If you love gardening, want to advance your education, and share your knowledge with the community then this is the perfect program for you.

The WSU Master Gardener program grew out of the need for Washington State University County Extension agents responding to the growing interest in home gardening over 45 years ago. Training focuses on learning how to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions for the general public in a collaborative environment.

Photo courtesy of WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners

Photo courtesy of WSU Whatcom County Master Gardeners

WHATCOM: Last year Whatcom County Master Gardeners donated 12,000 hours of volunteering in our free diagnostic plant clinic, maintaining demonstration gardens at Hovander Homestead Park, teaching at community gardens, county schools and more.

Space is limited to 25 people for the next training. Tuition is $450 includes all materials and 12 weeks of classroom lectures and labs led by local and state experts.   Saturday field days TBA. Training is open to all(18 years or older); this is approximately 60 hours of classroom and field instruction.  No gardening experience necessary.

The  course begins Feb. 3 and runs through April 25. Classes are held weekly on Thursdays 9a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Extension office 1000 N. Forest Ste 201. Homework, including all quizzes and the final exam, is done through the WSU Master Gardener Online Training Program using your home computer and averages 4-6 hours a week during training.

Scholarships available upon request. The deadline to apply is Nov. 20, 2018. Applications for the 2019 MG Training Class are available at, or through the Extension Office at 1000 N. Forest Ste. 201.

SKAGIT: You will find the volunteer MG application online at  or you can pick up a copy at the Discovery Garden next to the WSU Research building on Memorial Hwy 536 in Mount Vernon. The deadline for applications for 2019 training is Oct. 31. Training will begin the first week of January. If you have questions, please call Alex duPont, Program Coordinator at 360-428-4270, ext 227 or email

Snohomish: Training is held once a week on Thursdays, Jan. 10 through March 28. Tuition for this extensive training program is $275 plus a volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years working with other like-minded volunteers on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $775.

For more information and an application, please visit the Extension website at or call the Extension Office at 425-338-2400.

ISLAND: If you are interested in becoming a Master Gardener and would like to be added to the list for 2019, contact Loren Imes at 360-639-6059.


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