Master Gardener Events

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(509)574-1604 • gardener@co.yakima.wa.us


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Colorful Seed Pods

Seed Share Day & Seed Saving Classes

Saturday, February 17th, 8:30 am to Noon

Register Here Today!

Become a member of the Yakima Master Gardener Heirloom Seed Lending Library by learning to save seeds from vegetables you grow. This year’s event includes two classes – Basic and Advanced Seed Saving. To take the Advanced class you must have completed the Basic class, either last year, or as part of this year’s event.

Members of the Heirloom Seed Lending Library may borrow seed, grow them, and then save new seed to return to the library.  When members return more seed than they borrowed the library becomes self-sustaining. To become a library member, you only need to complete the Basic Seed Saving Class. The Advanced Seed Saving Class is only open to library members and those who have completed the Basic Class.  Each class is $10.  All seeds are free.

Basic Seed Saving Class

8:30 am – 10:00 am – – – Basic Seed Saving will cover basic concepts like open pollinated varieties, identifying male and female blossoms, cross pollination, and step-by-step instructions to save seed from beans, peas, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, and melons.

Advanced Seed Saving Class

10:45 am – 12:00 am – – – Advanced Seed Saving will cover concepts of biennial plants, vernalization, inbreeding depression, and step-by-step instructions to save seed from corn, onions, beets, chard, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, Chinese mustard, kale, and turnips.
(If you completed the Basic class last year, or if you take it this year at 8:30, you may take this Advanced class.)

2018 Heirloom Seed Catalog

Once you have completed the Basic Seed Saving Class, you become a member of our Yakima Master Gardener Heirloom Seed Lending Library. You will be able to order seeds from this library for pickup after class on February 17th!  You may download the catalog and order form here, and send your order in prior to the class on the 17th, and we will assemble your order and have it ready for you after class.


Four Wednesdays in March

Fascinating lectures designed to speak specifically to our Central Washington gardening interests!

March 7Washington State Master Gardener of the Year, Yakima’s own Phyllis Pugnetti will explore techniques to extend the growing season for a year-round vegetable harvest.

Extending the Harvest – There are many vegetables that will survive well into the winter. Using cold frames, low tunnels, and other hints, you can do this, too! Phyllis will discuss how to select varieties that survive in low light and cold weather, sequential planting, and other helpful growing techniques. Understanding what to plant, and when, will assure a year-round vegetable harvest.

March 14WSU Extension Tree Fruit, Grape and Berry Specialist, Gwen Hoheisel will focus on how to be successful in backyard blueberry production, while embracing the growing industry in Eastern Washington.

Backyard Berry Success – Gwen received her B.S. in Zoology from the University of Maryland and a Master’s in Entomology from Pennsylvania State University focusing on IPM and insect diversity.   Gwen now works for WSU extension in perennial fruit crops.  Currently she is focusing on sustainable pest management and application technologies in fruit crops. She has worked with the commercial blueberry industry and WSU Master Gardeners for the past several years.

March 21Yakima’s own Dr. David James, well-known researcher, author and expert brings us the latest information on how to attract and protect the beautiful Monarch butterfly in our own gardens and neighborhoods.

How Can I Help the Butterflies – Information on our rapidly evolving understanding of Monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest will be presented. Five years of citizen-scientist-aided tagging of Monarchs has given us insight into these important creatures. It is vital that the we maintain Monarch butterfly habitat in Washington gardens, parks and natural areas to help reverse population declines. Come hear Dr. James help you to help them in this important quest.

March 28Our favorite Yakima Herald-Republic gardening columnist, Carol Barany, is here to teach us about growing a cut flower garden for spectacular arrangements in our own homes.

Flower Power: A Garden for Bouquets – Making a bouquet from armloads of fresh flowers that you grow in your own backyard can’t solve all your problems, but it’s a good start.  Are you drawn to flowers like a bee is to honey?  Then imagine burying your head in a bunch of lavish blooms that you grew with ease just outside your door.  Unlike an ornamental flower bed that’s planted to provide a lasting display, a cutting garden is grown to be harvested. In this class, learn how to grow an array of cut flowers that thrive in Yakima, with a special emphasis on dahlias.

Make plans today!

Attend all four of these great evenings for only $30. We will begin at 7:00 pm on each Wednesday in March, at the Pacific Northwest University’s wonderful lecture auditorium.

Online ticket sales will begin soon.  Watch this site (or your email, if you are on our list!) for the link to register. 


Classes in the Garden! (Beginning in May)

Look for us on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:00am.

Master Gardener Demonstration Garden
Ahtanum Youth Activities Park
1000 Ahtanum Blvd., Union Gap


Look for us on the third Saturday of each month at 10:00am.

Master Gardener Heirloom Garden
1522 South 18th Ave., Yakima


All Classes are FREE!
And so is the parking.

Seating is limited. It helps if you bring a lawn chair!