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Become a Master Gardener

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Cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973

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.


WSU Master Gardeners are Volunteer Community Educators.  As a Master Gardener volunteer you will receive training from WSU and give back a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service your first year to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer Educator. Once you have successfully completed the training year portion of the course and become a certified Master Gardener, the option of continuing to maintain your certification as a Master Gardener you will then be required to do 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education per year.

Our training is a hybrid of a mandatory online core curriculum and in class lectures.  We meet in person weekly from January through March on Tuesday afternoons from 12:30pm – 2:30pm for our annual Master Gardener training. The cost of the program is $175, which is paid after acceptance into the program.  Scholarships are available.  We accept applications to the program in the fall of each year.  To have an application to the program sent to you please call us at (509) 735-3551.

Space for this program is limited.


How To Apply

Please download the information letter and fillable pdf application. Completed applications must be submitted by November 30th, 2023.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Contact Us

WSU Extension Benton Franklin County

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

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