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Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Program
Erika Johnson, Program Coordinator
erika.d.johnson@wsu.edu
(360) 397-6060 Ext. 5738


What Is A Master Gardener
What Master Gardeners Do

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What Is A Master Gardener?

As flowers enrich our gardens, volunteers enrich our lives. Yellow-petals of black-eyed Susan flowers.The WSU Extension Master Gardener program trains volunteers to be effective community educators in gardening and environmental stewardship. Master Gardeners provide information generated from research at WSU and other university systems.

Master Gardener volunteers teach local community members to:

  • manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner;
  • address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection;
  • reduce the impact of invasive species; and,
  • increase public awareness of healthy living through gardening.

Whatever the priority need may be, if it can be addressed through gardening, Master Gardener volunteers are there to serve as part of the solution.

The Master Gardener program is open to anyone 18 or older, with an interest in gardening and a willingness to use their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to make a positive impact on their local community.


What Master Gardeners Do

Grinning MG wearing straw had covered with leaves.Community Outreach

Master Gardeners provide educational outreach to the public at community events including the Clark County Fair, Home and Garden Idea Fair, local farmers markets, and other events and festivals. Events may have themes, including hands-on activities, or involve providing literature in response to garden and landscaping questions.

More About Community Outreach


Workshop / Presentation Delivery

Group of people standing around an MG showing plants on a table.Master Gardeners develop and deliver talks to groups—private and public, large and small—on topics of their choosing, including vegetable gardening, beneficial bugs, fruit tree care, composting, and many more. Master Gardeners may already possess public speaking skills, or  such skills may be developed through a training program each winter and spring.

Current Workshop Schedule
More about Workshops / Presentation Delivery


Answer Clinic

Two MGs working in answer clinic.Master Gardeners work in pairs answering in-person, phone and email inquiries from the public on a variety of garden and landscape concerns. Responding to over 900 client inquiries each year, volunteers use computer skills, plant-problem diagnosis, and being comfortable with not already knowing the answer as they investigate, ask questions, and educate the public on sustainable landscape care.

More About Our Answer Clinic including hours, location, how to submit a specimen, and information about soil testing. An article about the Answer Clinic.


Children’s Education

Six MGs standing at a table holding posters about insects.Master Gardeners deliver classroom lessons for area schools on topics such as: pollinators, worms, and seeds. Master Gardeners support in-garden activities in area school gardens, facilitating garden experiences for students. Master Gardeners participate as mentors with the 4-H Restorative Community Service program at the 78th Street Heritage Farm where they support youth in growing food for donation to the local food bank. Master Gardeners provide educational programming at Far to Fork at the 78th Street Heritage Farm where they lead hands-on activities on a variety of horticultural topics.

More About Children’s Education Programs
Resources for School Garden Coordinators


Newsletter

The Garden News logo.Master Gardeners write short educational articles, interviews and book reports, take photos, and edit The Garden News, a quarterly publication that goes out to over 1,000 subscribers.

Read Our Newsletter


MG news article.

Publicity

Master Gardeners write more lengthy articles on fascinating and important horticultural topics for publication by the local media.


On the Road Tours

Plastic pink flamingos lined up next to a garden of flowers.Master Gardeners plan and lead van tours for the public to nurseries, gardens, and growing operations where attendees lear about different horticultural practices and techniques.


Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County

Two grinning MG foundation members working at the greenhouse.Master Gardeners raise plants for the Foundation’s annual plant sale, work the plant sale, and staff the plant holding area at the Home Garden Idea Fair. They also raise plants and install them in the Welcome to Washington sign on I-5 North. These projects support the mission of raising money to support the Master Gardener program and other horticultural projects in Clark County.

More About Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County & Our Partners
An Article About the MG Foundation
Visit the MG Foundation’s Website


Fort Vancouver 

Six MGs hamming it up for the camera at the Fort garden.Master Gardeners propagate and provide care for plants in this historically accurate period garden located at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Reserve.

More About the Fort Vancouver Gardens


NatureScaping of Southwest Washington 

Smiling MG holding garden tools at Wildlife Botanical Garden entrance.Master Gardeners provide maintenance and educational outreach at this natural demonstration garden.

More About NatureScaping & Our Partners
Visit NatureScaping’s Website


Pollinator Posse

Three MGs wearing butterfly wings and MG coordinator, Erika Johnson.Master Gardeners teach small groups of neighbors about pollinators. What kinds can be seen in our home gardens. What threatens them. What we can do to support them.


Behind the Scenes Projects

Smiling MG works at producing promotional materials for the program.Many Master Gardeners like to use their skills behind the scenes assisting with marketing, graphic design, website maintenance. They may also aid the program by developing tools and protocols for use in outreach and education.


Special Projects

Child standing at the sundial feature at Heritage Farm.Master Gardeners work on special projects. Inspiration can come from a variety of sources all aimed at educating the public.

Check out some of our special projects:
Human Sundial
The Bluebird Project
Heritage Trees


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WSU Clark County Master Gardener Program
1919 NE 78th Street • Vancouver, WA 98665
(360) 397-6060 Ext. 5738

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