Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices.
The Master Gardener Program was started here in Washington State in 1973. Records show that 120 Master Gardeners from King and Pierce County Extension were trained in the first class. They served more than 7,000 clients in their first year. Today there are more than 3,000 Master Gardeners serving in 28 of the 39 Washington Counties. We serve more than a quarter of a million clients each year. The Master Gardener program is now operating in 46 states and four Canadian provinces.
The program in Skagit County was started in 1977, and has grown significantly since then. We now have approximately 140 active Master Gardener volunteers in the Skagit County program.
What We Do
As trained and certified members of a volunteer program sponsored by Washington State University Extension, Master Gardeners assist Extension in providing information to home gardeners about sound and sustainable gardening practices. This includes integrated pest management, efficient watering technologies, recycling of garden wastes and cultural methods for preventing and treating plant disease.
Over 100 certified Master Gardeners and up to 25 new interns each year.
- Discovery Garden to inspire and educate the public
- Weekly Plant Clinics in Anacortes and Burlington to diagnose plant problems
- Skagit Valley Herald newspaper articles
- Monthly Know & Grow gardening lectures
- Rain garden and community garden mentors
- Dig-It elementary school program
- Skagit Master Gardener Plant Fair, Saturday of “Mother’s Day Weekend”
- Speakers to talk at events and community groups
Check out our 2016 printable resource guide to our program.
In 2015, 130 Master Gardeners contributed 16,866.5 hours including:
- 6,488.5 hours in Program Support
- 5,360.5 hours at the Discovery Garden
- 1,316 hours at the Diagnostic Plant Clinics
- 225.5 hours in Youth Outreach
- 200 hours in Community Gardens
Have a rain garden, or planning to build one?
Register your garden as part of the 12,000 Rain Gardens Project! Click here for more information.
Except for our Program Coordinator, all MG programs, including the Discovery Garden, are funded through the efforts of Master Gardener volunteers.
Donations to the program are gratefully accepted and can be made through our non-profit Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation (SCMGF) at
P.O. Box 2801,
Mount Vernon, WA 98273.
State Master Gardeners
Winter 2017 edition
Fall 2016 edition
Summer 2016 edition
Spring 2016 edition
Fall 2014 / Winter 2015 edition
2014 summer edition
2014 spring edition
2014 winter edition
2013 summer/fall edition
2013 spring edition
Publication Insects of Skagit County available for purchase.
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