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Becoming a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Nan Doolittle, Master Gardener Coordinator
(509) 962-7507 • nan.doolittle@wsu.edu

Become a Kittitas County Master Gardener

Master Gardener Training 2019-2020 Application Now Available!

Welcome! We are excited that you are thinking of becoming a WSU Kittitas County Master Gardener! If you decide to become a WSU Master Gardener, you will be part of a world-class gardening program that began at WSU in 1973. Master Gardeners provide unbiased, professional, and research-based home gardening and horticultural information to the public. Besides classes in Ellensburg, the bulk of course work is online.

Here’s relevant information:

Master Gardener applicants are required to be Kittitas County residents.

All science-based classes are taught by WSU specialists, veteran Master Gardeners, and community experts. Some topics covered:

  • Soil Science
  • Plant Propagation
  • Vegetable and Fruit Gardening
  • Home Orchards and Berries
  • Landscape Design
  • Plant and Insect Identification
  • Backyard Forest Stewardship
  • Houseplants
  • Lawns
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Native Plants
  • Gardening for All Ages and Abilities

Each trainee is matched with a Master Gardener Mentor, who will contact the trainee prior to classes beginning. Two to three hours a week for online study is typical.

Immediately following graduation, trainees enter a year-long internship period in which they contribute at least 40 hours of community volunteer work. Following the internship year, active Certified Master Gardeners are required to provide 25 hours a year in the volunteer sphere, and acquire 10 continuing education credits annually. Volunteer and continuing education activities include: conducting workshops, diagnostic clinics, speaking to community groups, maintaining demonstration gardens, creating projects that feed your passion, field trips, and having fun!

Course Requirements for success:

  • A $75 fee is paid to WSU at registration for the required online course, and a $50 fee is paid to the Kittitas County Master Gardener Program to cover training materials, and speaker’s fees. Scholarships may be available.
  • Return your completed training application and references by September 10, 2019.
  • Pass a required background check.
  • Join us for an informal interview to learn about each other and ask questions.
  • Participate in a Meet and Greet in September 2019.
  • Pass each online chapter quiz and final exam (all open book) with 80% or above.

Training will begin on October 1, 2019, in Ellensburg. Classes meet every Tuesday from Noon to 2:15 p.m. in Ellensburg. Holiday breaks in parts of November and December. Graduation will be in March 2020. If you are working, please consider taking an extended lunch once a week.

Registration for the course closes September 10, 2019. For more information, please contact Nan Doolittle, WSU Kittitas County Master Gardener Coordinator, (509) 962-7507, nan.doolittle@wsu.edu.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation, need to contact WSU Kittitas County Extension at (509) 962-7507 by application deadline.

Master Gardener Volunteer Application