Becoming a Master Gardener!
Update – Registration opens in June 2022! Class dates: Thursday, 9:00 – 2:30PM, September 15th – Nov 17th.
Please fill out the form below to be on our interest list and you will receive notices about registration and class dates before they are advertised to the public.
What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are community educators trained to work in partnership with WSU Extension to teach the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices with research-based information.
The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program for people with a passion for plants, a drive to learn, and a commitment to serve. Candidates for the program may or may not have experience or knowledge about horticulture, but all have a desire to learn. By signing up to join the program, you are committing to serving the community as a gardening/horticulture educator. Trainees develop the skills and knowledge to become effective community educators on plants, plant communities, pests and much more.
Trainees receive over 60 hours of college-level, WSU-certified training. Lectures and labs are taught by university faculty/staff, local and state experts, and Master Gardeners. The online portion of the training course is divided into modules that cover the core competencies for WSU Master Gardener volunteers in the state. Computer web access is necessary for compatibility. In the classroom, we supplement the online content with additional lectures on horticultural topics from local experts, field trips to outstanding local and regional garden and farms, and hands-on learning activities with experienced Master Gardener volunteers.
After passing the final exam, we ask you complete 80 hours of volunteer time as intern-trainees (40hours/year for two years), assisting the public in solving their home gardening problems and answering questions. You will often be paired up with a mentor Master Gardener during this time. Upon completion of these hours, you will become Certified WSU Master Gardeners and maintain certification with continuing education and annual volunteering of a lesser number of volunteer hours.
The cost of the Master Gardener education is $200.00. Plus online course material of $75.00 (total $275.00) – study materials are included. Trainees must also submit to a national background check through Sterling Volunteers at a cost to the applicant of $14.00.
Limited scholarships available based on need. Contact Bridget (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Our intention is to hold classes in-person at our Port Hadlock Classroom, however this is dependent on the most current COVID health and safety guidelines. If in-person is not possible, the class will be a hybrid between online Zoom presentations and in-person outdoor workshops.
The process to becoming a Master Gardener starts with intensive 11-week classroom training, combined with hands-on training. Participants are asked to apply only if they can attend 90% of class days. The training is academically rigorous and requires approximately 10-15 hours per week of class time and homework. The course has online components of chapter readings and quizzes, and a final exam. Participation is mandatory.
To become a Certified Master Gardener, applicants must complete:
- 60-hour training which includes all quizzes via the online course, labs and field trips.
- Score 80% or better on the final exam
- Complete 80 hours of volunteer time as an MG intern over two years
- Professional Horticulture option available dependent on space (Coursework without volunteer commitment)
For more information, please contact: Bridget Gregg, Master Gardener Coordinator, email@example.com
Master Gardener Trainingcontact form for MG Training
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 Demonstration Gardens in Port Townsend and Port Hadlock. 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 Jefferson 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 affordable prices (Master Gardener Foundation of Jefferson County (MGFCC) fundraiser to support MG educational outreach).
- Put on the annual Secret Garden Tour of beautiful and unique area gardens (MGFJC fundraiser to support MG educational outreach).
- Staff Master Gardener information booths at the Jefferson County Fair, the Conservation District Native Plant Workshop, and other events.
If you are looking for a way to expand your gardening knowledge, serve your community, and continue your personal growth, we hope you will consider joining this premier volunteer program created and administered by Washington State University (WSU).