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Becoming a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Vacant, Master Gardener Coordinator
(509) 962-7507 • amorse@wsu.edu

Become a Kittitas County Master Gardener

Master Gardener Training 2022-2023

Due to staffing turnover we have had to postpone our training for Fall 2021.  We hope to be able to offer training in mid-fall 2022. Details will be available mid-summer 2022.  For more information, contact Office Manager Andrea Morse at amorse@wsu.edu or (509) 962-7507.

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!

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.