Master Gardener Program

“…But that is the joy of a garden; it blooms for all who have eyes to appreciate it, and all may claim it because it gives its beauty so freely to every garden lover…”                                                                                      — Maude Ballington Booth

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as educators in their communities. The Master Gardener program originated in Washington State to enable WSU Extension to better serve the public — specifically home gardeners.

The Yakima County Master Gardeners are active in presenting garden programs, developing community gardens and sharing gardening knowledge.

Exciting Spring Events on the way!

In March, come hear four fascinating gardening lectures!

The Annual Plant Sale is on the first weekend of May (4th, 5th, & 6th)!

Starting in May, our Classes in the Gardens begin.

Details on our Events Page.

Do you have a gardening question?

One of the primary services Master Gardener volunteers provide is a diagnostic plant clinic.

The Clinic isn’t open at this time, but we do check messages!

Check out our Clinic page for details.

Yakima County Master Gardeners Lead State Once Again

Across the state of Washington, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities. They provide training, advice, and example to home gardeners in all counties. Naturally, there are far more Master Gardener volunteers in the larger Puget Sound counties than in Yakima County. But on a “per-volunteer” basis, Yakima’s volunteers contribute significantly more time to our communities. See table below.

County Hours Vols Hrs/Vol Rank
Snohomish 27,363 343 80 #3
King 26,098 514 51
Pierce 22,857 325 70
Clark 18,234 253 72
Yakima 13,364 120 111 #1
Benton 12,850 156 82 #2

Let us come talk to you!


Master Gardener experts are available to speak to your group about many varied gardening topics. We can develop a custom presentation for you, or you can choose from many that we already have prepared.

See the details here!