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WSU Extension of Benton & Franklin Counties is the best source for gardening information in the Mid-Columbia region. Learn what plants grow well in our region’s challenging climate and soils, find help solving plant and pest problems, and discover new gardening techniques. We’re here to help you every step of the way!

Group of Master Gardener volunteers

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Master Gardener Program 50 Year Anniversary Celebration, 1973 - 2023

Seeds of a Movement

For 50 years, Extension Master Gardeners have helped make healthier, more beautiful communities across North America. Learn more about how it all started right here in Washington State in 1970!

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Master Gardener Program

Your donation can make a difference

Help our Master Gardeners provide crucial programs in our community

Please support the programs of the Master Gardener Foundation of Benton-Franklin County. The Foundation is a Washington State 501(c)(3) charity organization. Did you know that WSU Benton Franklin Master Gardener Program Volunteers: Help teach people how to grow their own food. Built and maintain a 2.5 acre Demonstration Garden in Kennewick that has 26 individual theme gardens. Provide community education and outreach to adults and youth through classes at our Demonstration Garden and at local schools and non-profits such as the Boys and Girls clubs and Head Start. Staff a plant clinic at our office to answer your plant problems and gardening questions. Work with youth at the Juvenile Justice Center, helping them to learn to give back to their community and gain skills they can use in the future. Distribute seeds to the community through our Plant A Row program to encourage people to grow food to donate to our local food banks...
Master Gardener Dennis Fife, Chairman of the Benton-Franklin County Master Gardener Food Gardening Program, harvests turnips this past May from the group’s Demonstration Garden.

Learn more about how you can become a Master Gardener

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is open to adults with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on our local community. You do not need to be an expert gardener to apply, you just need to have a desire to learn and serve your community.
Vegetable garden beds in the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden in Kennewick, WA.

Master Gardener Foundation is making an impact

The Master Gardener Foundation of Benton-Franklin County (MGFBFC) created, funds, and maintains a 2.5 acre Demonstration Garden with 25 individual gardens, including a vegetable garden. Besides showcasing vegetables that can be grown in the Mid-Columbia region and testing different vegetable varieties, MGs donate all produce grown to Tri-City Food Banks.

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WSU Extension Benton/Franklin County

7102 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 102
Kennewick, WA 99336
Phone:  509-735-3551

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