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Walk n' Talk: Trees in the Demo Garden - 2022 Garden Education Series Class

Let’s talk trees! Take a walk with WSU Master Gardener volunteers through the Demonstration Garden while we discuss the where and why of the trees planted throughout the garden. Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 am Waterfall Classroom at the Demonstration Garden,1620 S. Union, Kennewick, WA
People enjoying gardening. Become a Master Gardener. Application deadline is November 30th.

Learn 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. Learn more about the Master Gardener program and how to apply here Application deadline is November 30, 2022.
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Learn and explore at our Demonstration Garden in Kennewick

“The Place to Grow” is an ongoing project of the Master Gardeners of Benton and Franklin Counties to educate and demonstrate sound gardening practices in our area while providing visitors of all ages a place of beauty and tranquility. The Demonstration Garden is free and open to the public daily from dawn to dusk. It is accessible with paved pathways. Located at the Kennewick Grange park behind the Mid-Columbia Library at 1620 S. Union, Kennewick, WA

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Our Master Gardener volunteers are here to help! Get research-based answers through our Plant Clinic.
Report Japanese Beetle sightings to WSDA

They're here

The presence of Japanese Beetles has now been confirmed in the Richland, Grandview, Sunnyside and Wapato areas. Report any sightings of these destructive pests to the Washington State Department of Agriculture on their website at agr.wa.gov/beetles or by emailing PestProgram@agr.wa.gov
Report Asian Giant Hornet sightings to WSDA

Learn how to ID a Northern Giant Hornet

Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) needs the public to be on the lookout for possible Northern Giant Hornets (NGH) in Washington State. Learn more about NGH and report sightings on the WSDA website agr.wa.gov/hornets You can also email hornets@agr.wa.gov or call 1-800-443-6684.

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 clinics 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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