Become a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Master Gardener Clinic
(253) 798-7170 • pierce.mg@wsu.edu

2018 Program Information Sessions

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Consider attending one of our optional information sessions to learn more about the Program and to meet some of our volunteers!
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 12:00-2:00 or Tuesday, Oct. 17th, 2017 5:00-7:00
Pierce County Community Connections Building, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma (parking and entrance on D St.)
Please RSVP 253-798-7170 or pierce.mg@wsu.edu

Pierce County Master Gardener Training Information

Do you love gardening and volunteering? If so, the Master Gardener Program might be for you!

To become a Pierce County master Gardener you must first apply to the MG Program. Applications and specific training information are posted to this page in May and applications are accepted in the fall each year.

When becoming a PCMG you have two training options: 1. you can either choose to attend our General MG Training Class, or 2. attend our Community Garden Specialist Class. Both classes teach sustainable gardening practices through topics such as pest and soil management and water wise gardening techniques. Both training are held from January to March each year. You can attend either class to become a PCMG.

  • General MG Training consists of ten consecutive all day Friday classes that focus on a wide range of gardening topics that include ornamental, vegetable and native plant gardening. For an increased training fee, this class is also available to individuals who do not wish to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, but instead choose to attend the class to receive a certificate of completion.   A 2018 application will be provided on this site in May 2017.
  • Community Garden Specialist Training is held on ten consecutive Tuesday nights and focuses on food gardening and skills needed for working with community gardens. For an increased training fee, this class is also available to individuals who do not wish to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, but instead choose to attend the class to receive a certificate of  completion. A 2018 application will be provided on this site in May 2017.

Once you are accepted into the program you are required to attend all classes and complete an online training course that includes quizzes and a final exam. Once training is completed you will begin your 60-hours of volunteer time which will include working at our demonstration gardens, staffing diagnostic clinics and working in the community. These hours need to be completed by December 31st.

Once Master Gardeners complete their first year, they are required to contribute 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education annually to retain their certification.

Thank you for your interest in the Pierce County Master Gardner Program!

For questions about training, please contact the PCMG Program at pierce.mg@wsu.edu or 253-798-7170.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Danielle Harrington, Interim PCMG Program Coordinator, at danielleharringt@wsu.edu or 253-798-6943 at least two weeks prior to the event.