Public education is the primary objective of our WSU Master Gardener Program. We host Plant Diagnostic Clinics in the community throughout the growing season. We also teach sound gardening techniques at workshops and work with youth in 4-H and in the classroom.
Master Gardener Projects Include:
- Master Gardener Class and Clinic Schedule
- Working with Children and Youth
- Annual Garden Tour
- Demonstration Gardens – Grays Harbor
- Home & Garden Show
How to become a Master Gardener
The WSU Extension Master Gardener program actually began in Washington State when a King County agent realized that a group of well-trained volunteers could be of enormous assistance in promoting best gardening practices and answering homeowner’s gardening questions. Since then, the program which is committed to fostering the enjoyment of home gardening through education has spread to nearly every state as well as other countries.
While this program offers gardeners opportunities to gain personal knowledge in a variety of different gardening subjects, the focus is to develop community educators. Once training is completed, Master Gardener volunteers help deliver information related to sustainable gardening, composting, landscaping, plant disease management and insect identification and control.
Master Gardener training is held on a biennial basis in Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties with the most recent class graduation in June 2014. The next class is scheduled to start in early 2016. The training covers 24 topics from the basics of botany and soils to the complexities of entomology and plant disease recognition. The training consists of two parts – online modules through WSU Extension and local hands-on classes. The majority of the local classes are held in the Aberdeen area.
For more information about the next Master Gardener volunteer training contact Sharon Kulish-Bayles, program coordinator.