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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.

Become a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Horticulture Program
(360) 228-7306 • hari.stone@wsu.edu

The Washington State University Extension Master Gardener Program is open to everyone with an interest in gardening 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 Kitsap County. We hope you will consider joining this premier WSU program.

2021 Master Gardener Training Course

NEW UPDATE: Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic the Kitsap County Master Gardener Program is excited to partner with the new WSU online Home Horticulture Course for volunteer training in 2021. The online Home Horticulture course will cover many of the lecture training we provide locally in our Master Gardener training class. The online Home Horticulture course will take place January 9th – April 24th, 2021.

The Home Horticulture course will not, in and of itself, lead to becoming a Master Gardener. Instead, upon completion of the Home Horticulture course, Kitsap County residents will have an opportunity to join in small group learning, to focus on our unique local growing conditions, horticultural skills (e.g. pruning) volunteer partnerships, mentoring by a Master Gardener, and if permissible small group workshops.

WSU Extension to Offer Home Horticulture Training

Learn to be a better home gardener and steward of the environment this winter with Washington State University – Kitsap County Extension’s new online Home Horticulture Training program.

Training focuses on a wide range of horticulture topics taught online by WSU faculty, staff, Master Gardeners, and other regional experts and will take place on zoom 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 zoom classes. Homework is expected to average 3-5 hours a week. All training is open book, and no memorization is expected. You may choose to take the Home Horticulture online course as a certificate program (no volunteer commitment), or you may use it as the first step to becoming a Kitsap County Master Gardener volunteer. Those wishing to join the Master Gardener Program will need to attend additional field trips and hands-on workshops to complete the Master Gardener training. Because of the ever changing COVID-19 safety guidelines, field trips and hands-on workshops will be scheduled as conditions allow in 2021 or 2022.

Training topics include basic botany, identification of native and common landscape plants, soils, fertilizers, composting, plant pests and diseases, sustainable pest management methods, pruning, garden planning, native landscaping, small fruit and berries, weed management, growing vegetables, water quality, and environmentally friendly yard care.

The fee for this extensive Home Horticulture course is $300 per person and requires a computer with internet access, an e-mail account, and a Zoom account (free version). Registration opens Nov. 14th, 2020. WSU also requires completion of a criminal background check for all volunteers at the cost of $14 every 2 years.

For more information and to register, please email the Master Gardener Program Coordinator at hari.stone@wsu.edu or call the Kitsap County Extension Office at 360-228-7306.

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.
  • 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 Kitsap County (MGFKC) fundraiser to support MG educational outreach).
  • Staff and tend 4 demonstration gardens around the county
  • Staff Master Gardener information booths at the Kitsap County Fair, the Home and Garden Show, and other events