Master Gardener

Program Contact: Jeannine Polaski, Master Gardener Coordinator
(360) 427-9670 Ext. 688 • jeannine.polaski@wsu.edu

Public education is the primary objective of the Master Gardener Program. We host Plant and Insect Diagnostic Clinics at our office and in the community. We also teach sound gardening techniques and work with community members and in the classroom.

Through the Garden Gate Educational Sessions Scheduled!

In 2018 we will again be sponsoring the Through the Garden Gate Educational workshops.  Each session will be held at the Mason County Public Works Building at 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton.  They will be from 9:00 til noon and cost $5.

January 20, 2018:

  • How to extend your growing season by building inexpensive cold frames, hot frames and hoop greenhouses.
  • Utilizing your greenhouse through all of the seasons. Find out which plants best lend themselves to greenhouse growth during the different seasons.
  • Hydroponics: Learn how to build a simple hydroponics for vegetable gardening.

February 3, 2018

  • Best growing and pruning strategies for blueberries.
  • Best growing, pruning and trellising strategies for kiwi, raspberries and grapes.

February 10:

  • Attracting pollinators to your home garden.
  • Hands on activity:  Build a “Bug hotel” to encourage beneficial insects to your garden. (additional fee for materials – $20) Pre-sign up encouraged as there is a limited number of participants for the hands on activity.

March 3:

  • Benefits of using native plants in home landscaping.
  • Attractive grasses in your home landscape
  • Landscape to attract native birds

March 17

  • Vegetable Gardening 101
  • Succession planting strategies
  • Growing and caring for rhododendrons in the Pacific Northwest garden

March 31

  • Effective use of fertilizer in the home garden
  • Learn basic composting skills
  • Four season landscaping

 

2018 Plant Sale and Festival Scheduled!

Kneeland Park in Shelton will be filled with wonderful vegetables, annuals, perennials, shrubs and more on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19!  Come and get expert help from the Mason County Master Gardeners, enjoy music and wonderful craft vendors.  It is always a wonderful event.

 

Vendor Applications now being accepted for the 2018 Plant Sale and Festival

Click here for an application.

 

MG Training Information: Interested in Becoming a Mason County Master Gardener?

WSU Master Gardener volunteers provide educational programs, free advice and answers to questions on home gardening and landscape maintenance, pest management, and composting to Mason County residents.  Volunteers help at plant clinics, classes, our Catalyst Food Bank and Community Demonstration Garden, garden tours, and our annual plant sale.  To become a certified Master Gardener, participants complete the online and face-to-face training programs and fulfill 60 hours of approved volunteer hours within a year of completing the coursework.  After certfication, ongoing volunteer hours are required to maintain status as a Master Gardener.  Being a Master Gardener is an opportunity to improve your own knowledge and support the community!

 Click here to learn more…

 

Have a gardening question?

To help you with your gardening questions, the Master Gardeners staff a plant clinic in the office on Mondays from noon to 3 pm. If Monday is a holiday, Master Gardeners will be in the clinic on Tuesday that week. You can email your plant questions to:: masonmastergardener@gmail.com, use the Contact Us section below or call and leave a message at 360-427-9670 Ext. 687.  We would love to help you!

We also staff a plant clinic table at the Shelton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from May through September.  Stop on by!

 

 

 

 

 

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