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Washington State University Extension

2023 Master Gardener Training

Program Contact: Harmony Rutter, Master Gardener Program Assistant
(360) 565-2678 • harmony.rutter@wsu.edu

The Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in sustainable research-based gardening practices 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.

Master Gardener Training Course

WSU Clallam County Master Gardeners offer a training course in alternate years. The next training will start on January 18th, 2023 and conclude on April 12th, 2023.

To become a Master Gardener: Students attend an 11-week training session that includes Washington State University research–based courses in botany, soil science, pruning, growing ornamentals and vegetables, fruit and berries and other elements of sustainable home horticulture. Training will consist of two weekly events. Online lectures will occur Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Zoom. A variety of hands-on workshops, group projects and field trips will occur on Wednesdays from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Students should expect 3 – 6 hours of coursework per week. An 80% is required on all quizzes and the final exam to pass the training.

After completion of classes, Master Gardener Interns complete 100 hours of approved volunteer service through the County Extension office over a period of two years to earn their Master Gardener Certification. Volunteer service hours include participating in sustainable gardening public education activities, diagnosing plant problems through the Plant Clinic, working in demonstration gardens, and serving on Master Gardener committees and projects. Volunteers may work with children or vulnerable adults and therefore must complete an industry standard background check.

If you have questions please contact harmony.rutter@wsu.edu and check out our event calendar to see what lectures and workshops we are offering in the community.

Information Sessions Strongly Encouraged

Please join us at one of the following Information Sessions

  • Port Angeles – Tuesday November 1st at 2:00 pm at the Port Angeles Library’s Carver Room located at 2210 S Peabody Street
  • Sequim – Wednesday November 2nd at 2:00 pm at the KSQM Community Meeting Room located at 609 W Washington Street
  • Online via Zoom using this link – Wednesday November 2nd from 6:00 to 7:00 pm

((You may also call into the Zoom Info Session by phone. Please dial 253-215-8782. Meeting ID 920 0799 1742 and Passcode 709395))

How to apply:

For WSU Master Gardener training in 2023:

We are accepting applications until November 25th, 2022.

You can access the application here.

Please email to harmony.rutter@wsu.edu upon completion.

You can access the printer friendly application here.

You may bring your application in person or send it in via the postal service to:

WSU Extension Office

223 East 4th Street, Suite 15

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Paper copies of the application are also available at the office. Feel free to stop by Tuesday through Thursday from 10 am to 4:30 pm

The class fee is $300, and includes reference and learning materials and other supplies.

Scholarships are available!

The Master Gardener Program is open to all who desire to become a volunteer community educator in sustainable gardening, regardless of ability to pay for training. Find the scholarship application 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.

Looking for more?

Visit WSU’s Statewide Master Gardener Website:

https://mastergardener.wsu.edu