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Become a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Jennifer Kaye Cawdery, Coordinator
(509) 667-6540 • jennifer.cawdery@wsu.edu

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Have you always wanted to learn more about gardening, to meet new people and to make a difference in the community? Then the WSU Master Gardener Program might be right for your volunteer time. The process of becoming a WSU Master Gardener is a rewarding and educational endeavor.

Applications are now available for the class that begins in January, 2022. Applications are due September 30, 2021 with early review in August. Limited space is available so don’t delay!

Here are the highlights of training:

  • Training is offered one time per year, over 13 weeks January through April.
  •  Read the Cover Letter for the applications deadline and more information.
  • The main component of the training program is on-line, with weekly  classes taught by WSU Extension faculty & staff, Master Gardener Volunteers and other experts.
  • Classes will be held in Wenatchee, WA on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:30 pm
  • Training is estimated to require 120 hours. When satisfactorily completed, trainees become interns.
  • Interns volunteer 40 hours and complete a Plant and Insect Clinic Internship to become Certified Master Gardeners.
  • Certified Master Gardeners annually volunteer 35 hours and complete 15 hours of continuing education to remain in the program.

Master Gardener volunteer options

  • diagnosis plant problems in our diagnosis clinics
  • educational outreach at events such as the Home & Garden Show, county fairs, farmers markets
  • teach classes
  • develop and maintain the Community Education Gardens at Springwater & Western, in Wenatchee, WA
  • maintain our demonstration gardens, such as the riverside xeriscape demonstration garden at Walla Walla Park, in Wenatchee, WA
  • teach children about gardening
  • write gardening topics in the local newspaper column
  • speak on radio and television
  • projects of special interest to you
  • help fund raising to support the Master Gardener program

Contact our coordinator Jennifer Cawdery for more information.
(509) 667-6540