The Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.
Program volunteers expand their gardening knowledge and serve your community, we hope you will consider joining this premier WSU program.
2021 Master Gardener Training Course
Clallam County Master Gardeners offers a training course in alternate years. The next class will run February through May 2021. If you wish to be put on a wait list for the next class, and receive an application as soon as they are available, please contact the program coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org The training class consists of an online course through WSU, supported by classroom lectures and field trips. Applications will be available August/September 2020
A printable information sheet is available here.
Upon completion of the course, students become Master Gardner Interns. Interns are asked to contribute 100 hours of volunteer service over a period of two years, at least 50 hours during the first year. Volunteer activities include participating in plant clinics, working at our demonstration gardens, doing public education projects, and other activities related to sustainable gardening. Upon completion of 100 hours of volunteer service, interns receive the title, Master Gardener.
Training topics include basic botany, plant identification of local and other common plants, soils, fertilizers, composting, plant pests and diseases, pest control methods, pruning, crop rotation, plant propagation, garden planning, native landscaping, small fruits and berries, weed control, vegetables, water quality, and environmentally friendly yard management.
The class fee is $175 per person and is due upon official acceptance to the program. An additional fee of $75 (subject to change) will be charged by WSU, payable online when you register for the online portion of training. The two fees bring the total cost for training to $250, which includes all training materials. We do have limited numbers of scholarships available, and want to ensure that the inability to pay will not prevent anyone from doing the training.
What Do Master Gardeners Do?
- Serve the community and enjoy the camaraderie of great people who love gardening, learning, and serving.
- Assist the public diagnosing their plant problems in plant clinics.
- Participate in the design, development, and maintenance of the Woodcock Demonstration Garden in Sequim and the Fifth Street Community Garden in Port Angeles.
- Develop and present fun and stimulating plant and gardening related educational programs to school children in Clallam County.
- Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations for the general public about a wide variety of horticulture topics.
- Teach, facilitate, or assist new Master Gardener trainings.
- Participate in continuing education to further develop personal gardening knowledge and skills.
- Conduct plant sales to provide plants to the public at bargain prices (and to raise money for the Master Gardener Foundation).
- Put on the annual Home Garden Tour of beautiful and unique area gardens.
- Staff Master Gardener information booths at the Clallam County Fair, home shows, and other events.