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Our Vision, Mission, Values and Critical Issues

Our Vision

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Highly recognized, diverse and fully supported, WSU Master Gardener volunteers are the go-to resource for communities seeking research-based, innovative solutions for their ever-changing horticulture and environmental stewardship needs.


Our Mission

Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.


Our Values

  • We value personal and professional research and discovery because it encourages us to stay current about horticulture and environmental stewardship to meet the unique educational needs of our communities.
  • We foster and benefit from an atmosphere of diversity and inclusivity because our differences inspire creative thinking and innovative solutions.
  • We act with integrity because trust, truthfulness and respect create a healthy and positive culture.
  • We are committed to stewardship and sustainability serving as ethical and responsible agents of our natural resources, human resources and University resources.
  • We collaborate because together we empower healthy and resilient communities.
  • We are a dynamic and responsive program where knowledge inspires change.


Critical Issues Facing Washington Residents

The King County Master Gardener Program supports these Critical Issues.


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Clean Water

Promotes integrated pest management to minimize polluted runoff.

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Water Conservation

Promotes water-wise gardening and landscaping practices to conserve water.

Wildfire Preparedness

Teaches firewise landscaping principles to reduce the risk of loss due to wildfire.

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Local Food

Promotes the use of sustainable techniques for growing local food to improve individual and community health and wellness.



Teaches ways to help native bees and other pollinators thrive in home and community landscapes.

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Climate Change

Teaches ways to create resilient landscapes that are adapted to our changing climate.

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Plant Biodiversity

Promotes stewardship of diverse ecosystems through invasive species management, native species conservation and restoration in landscapes.

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Soil Health

Encourages the building of healthy soils to prevent depletion and ensure the longterm viability of local food security and natural resources.

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Nearby Nature

Seeks to increase access to plants, green spaces and public landscapes to benefit the health and well-being of all members of our communities.

Photo by Alicja.

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