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Coronavirus COVID-19

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.

Home Horticulture Training

Program Contact: Loren Imes
(360) 639-6059 •
Learn to be a better home gardener and steward of the environment this winter with Washington State University Extension Island County’s new online Home Horticulture Training program.

Gardeners from Island county will join online with gardeners throughout Washington state. Training focuses on a wide range of horticulture topics taught by WSU faculty, staff, Master Gardeners, and other regional experts on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon starting Jan. 9 and continuing weekly through Apr. 24.

Training also includes access to WSU Extension’s online Master Gardener Training Modules and the extensive Master Gardener Manual.

Those wishing to earn a Certificate of Completion will need to participate in weekly online quizzes, a final, and attend most classes. Homework is expected to average 3-5 hours a week.  All training is open book and no memorization is expected.

Tuition for this extensive training program is $300 and requires a computer with internet access, an e-mail account, and a Zoom account. Registration is now open until spaces are filled, or December 18th. REGISTER TODAY and if you live on Camano or Whidbey Island, be sure to register with Island County.

For questions and more information on Home Horticulture or Master Gardener Training, please contact Loren Imes by email or phone at (360) 639-6059. Answers to some common questions may be found here.

Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Although Home Horticulture Training uses some of the same materials used for Master Gardener Volunteer training, the Home Horticulture course is a separate program and requires no additional hands-on training or community volunteer service. Master Gardener Volunteers receive additional training opportunities and perform volunteer service as interns with other Master Gardeners before earning the title of Certified Master Gardener.

Click here to learn more about becoming a WSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.

Cover of Home Vegetable Gardening in Washington publication

WSU Extension offers many good publications on growing vegetables and more. These publications can be downloaded for free at the Gardening in Washington State website.


Nov 06

Ask a Master Gardener Virtual Clinic

November 6 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Dec 04

Ask a Master Gardener Virtual Clinic

December 4 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Jan 01

Ask a Master Gardener Virtual Clinic

January 1, 2022 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM