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Master Gardener Training

Program Contact: Kory Kirby, Master Gardener Coordinator
(360) 565-2679 • kory.kirby@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.bee

If you are looking for a way to expand your gardening knowledge and serve your community, we hope you will consider joining this premier program of WSU through your participation.

2019 Master Gardener Training Course

Clallam County Master Gardeners will be offering a training class from February to May 2019. The training class consists of an online course through WSU, supported by classroom lectures and field trips.

Once community members have completed the training, they will be a Master Gardener Intern. 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 fun things. Upon completion of the 100 hours, they will be considered a veteran 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.

If space permits, auditors may be accepted into the class. Auditors will incur no obligation to contribute volunteer hours, will not be Master Gardeners, and will be charged $500 for the training.

If interested in being part of the next training class, please complete the registration form or contact the program coordinator, Kory Kirby, at kory.kirby@wsu.edu. A printable information sheet is available here.

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

  • They 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.
  • Develop and present fun and stimulating plant and gardening related educational programs to school children in Clallam County.
  • Conduct classes and workshops for the general public about a wide variety of horticulture topics.
  • Participate in continuing education to further develop personal gardening knowledge and skills.
  • 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.