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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

2021 Master Gardener Training

Program Contact: Laurel Moulton, Master Gardener Coordinator and Regional Horticulture Specialist
(360) 565-2679 • laurel.moulton@wsu.edu

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  communities throughout Clallam County. We hope you will consider joining this premier WSU program.

2021 Master Gardener Training Course

Information sessions offered in November!

Monday, November 23, 12-1pm (Direct Zoom link here)

 

Clallam County Master Gardeners offers a training course in alternate years. In the winter of 2021 we are pleased to offer WSU’s Home Horticulture Training completely online due to COVID-19 safety concerns. This year the class will take place on Saturday mornings, 9am-12pm, from January 9 through April 24 (no class on April 23). You may choose to take the Home Horticulture online course as a certificate program (no volunteer commitment), or you may use it as the first step to becoming a Clallam County Master Gardener volunteer.

Those wishing to join the Master Gardener Program will need to attend additional Zoom sessions and field trips to complete the Master Gardener training. Additional Zoom group-learning sessions will take place on Wednesdays during the training period listed above. Because of the ever changing COVID-19 safety guidelines, field trips and hands-on workshops will be scheduled as conditions allow in 2021 or 2022 during the internship phase of becoming a Master Gardener. If you have questions  please contact the program coordinator laurel.moulton@wsu.edu, or attend one of the information sessions listed above . See below for the application process.

Master Gardener Interns are asked to contribute 100 hours of volunteer service over a period of two years while working alongside veteran Master Gardener mentors. Volunteer activities include researching and answering questions submitted to our plant diagnostic clinics, working at our demonstration gardens, assisting with or presenting public education events/projects, and other activities related to sustainable gardening. After completing 100 hours of volunteer service, interns receive the title, Master Gardener, and may continue to volunteer as long as they like.

Training topics: Find a complete syllabus for the Home Horticulture online course here (note: Details are subject to change. Referenced assignments and reading materials can be accessed after registering).  Students wishing to become Clallam County Master Gardeners will attend additional Wednesday sessions listed here. These include: Small group exercises in interpreting soil test results (students will submit their own soil sample for analysis), soil amendment and pesticide labels; practice in diagnosing and finding science based information for managing plant problems in home landscapes, vegetable and fruit crops; learning about the climate and micro climates in Clallam County; plant walks (native and ornamental); hands on pruning; understanding WSU volunteer policies and procedures; introduction to Clallam County Master Gardener programming opportunities where interns can become involved.

The fee for the online Home Horticulture course is $300 per person. We offer a limited number of partial tuition waivers ($225), so that nobody is excluded from this class due to inability to pay. We will collect an additional $50 refundable fee to cover additional training for those that choose to continue on with Master Gardener certification. This fee is refundable upon completion of 100 volunteer hours. WSU requires completion of a criminal background check for all volunteers at the cost of $14 every 2 years.

How to apply:

For WSU Home Horticulture (Non-volunteer option)

  1. Attend an optional information session. Dates and Zoom links available at the top of this page.
  2. Register Here.  Registration closes on December 18 or when the class is filled, whichever comes first. $300 tuition is due at registration.

For WSU Clallam County Master Gardener Program (volunteer commitment required)

  1. Attend an optional information session. Dates and Zoom links available at the top of this page.
  2. Print and fill out a WSU Clallam County Master Gardener Training Application. Mail your application along with $50 (checks may be written to Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County) to 223 E. 4th St., Ste. 15, Port Angeles WA 98362 before December 18, 2020. This $50 fee is refunded after 100 hours of volunteer service.
  3. Register for the WSU Home Horticulture training. Registration Here. Registration closes on December 18, 2020, or when the class is full, whichever comes first. $300 tuition is due at registration.
  4. Background Check: After your Master Gardener Training Application is reviewed, you will receive an email from Sterling Volunteer with instructions  for completing your background check. Background checks cost $14.
  5. Submit a soil sample from your garden for analysis. Students will use their own soil test results for in-class exercises. Deadline and location for submitting a sample TBA (cost of soils test is included in training fees). Find instructions for collecting a soil sample at Here.

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, and learning sustainable garden practices 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. Donate vegetables from demonstration plots to local food banks and soup kitchens.
  • Develop and present fun and stimulating plant and gardening related educational programs for school children across 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 (Master Gardener Foundation of Clallam County (MGFCC) fundraiser to support MG educational outreach).
  • Put on the annual Home Garden Tour of beautiful and unique area gardens (MGFCC fundraiser to support MG educational outreach).
  • Staff Master Gardener information booths at the Clallam County Fair, the Sequim Garden Gala, and other events.