Master Gardener Training

Program Contact: Lorrie Hamilton, Master Gardener Coordinator
(360) 565-2679 • lhamilton@co.clallam.wa.us

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.bee

If you are looking for a way to expand your gardening knowledge and serve your community, we hope you will consider joining this premier program of Washington State University (WSU) through your participation.

2017 Master Gardener Training Course

Beginning in February 2017, we will be hosting a training class for Clallam County residents interested in joining the Master Gardener Program.  The training class consists of an online course through WSU, which is then supported by classroom lectures and field trips.  The classroom portion of the training will begin on Thursday, February 2nd and continue each Thursday for 10 weeks. All classes will be held in Agnew.

Once you have completed the training, you will be a Master Gardener Intern. Interns are expected to contribute 100 hours of volunteer service over a period of two years, at least 50 hours during the first year. Volunteer activities include participating in plant clinics, working at our demonstration gardens, doing public education projects, and other fun things. Upon completion of the 100 hours, you become a Master Gardener veteran.

Training topics include basic botany, plant identification of local and other common plants, soils, fertilizers, composting, plant pests and diseases, pest control methods, pruning, crop rotation, plant propagation, garden planning, native landscaping, small fruits and berries, weed control, vegetables, water quality, and environmentally friendly yard management.

The class fee is $175 per person and is due upon official acceptance to the program. An additional fee of $75 (subject to change) will be charged by WSU, payable online when you register for the online portion of training. The two fees bring the total cost for training to $250, which includes all training materials. We do have limited numbers of scholarships available, and want to ensure that the inability to pay will not prevent anyone from doing the training.

If space permits, auditors may be accepted into the class. Auditors will incur no obligation to contribute volunteer hours, will not be Master Gardeners, and will be charged $500 for the training.

If interested in being part of the training class, please fill out the Master Gardener Program Application, and either email the completed form to Lorrie Hamilton at lhamilton@co.clallam.wa.us, or send it by mail to 223 East Fourth Street, Port Angeles WA 98362.

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

  • They serve the community and enjoy the camaraderie of great people who love gardening, learning, and serving.
  • Assist the public diagnosing their plant problems in plant clinics.
  • Develop and present fun and stimulating plant and gardening related educational programs to school children in Clallam County.
  • Conduct classes and workshops for the general public about a wide variety of horticulture topics.
  • Participate in continuing education to further develop personal gardening knowledge and skills.
  • Put on the annual Home Garden Tour of beautiful and unique area gardens.
  • Staff Master Gardener information booths at the Clallam County Fair, Home Shows and other events.