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Master Gardener

Program Contact: Jeannine Polaski, Master Gardener Coordinator
(360) 427-9670 Ext. 688 •
Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.

2020 Through the Garden Gate Workshops!
Workshops from 9:00 – noon, held at Mason County Public Works located at 100 W. Public Works Drive, Shelton (off 101 north of Shelton airport)
Workshop fee:  $5 (additional fee for make and take on March 21)

  • January 25:  Keep it Growing! Propagation – Seed Saving – Green House Starts (tentative)
  • February 8:  Wild and Wonderful: Using Natives in your Yard! Substituting Native Plants for non-natives in your Landscape (tentative) – Using Vegetation to Stabilize Marine and Fresh Water Bluffs – Creating  Pollinator Friendly Gardens
  • February 22:  Can your Property Take the Heat?  Fire Wise Landscaping – DIY Drip Irrigation – Plant Choices for a Warmer Future
  • March 7:  The Life of a Vegetable Garden – Pre-Planting: Soil testing, fertilizers, and soil for raised beds – Planting: what to grow, when to plant, seeds and transplants, rotation of certain crops, succession planting, pick and come again, summer insect pests, watering/mulching and weed control. Post-Planting: Harvesting and storing for the winter, Putting the garden to bed, and end of season tool maintenance
  • March 21:  Indoor Gardens. House plants – Kokedama Ball workshop, additional fee to make and take

Rent a garden bed at our Catalyst Park!

Would you like to have a place to grow some fresh vegetables this summer, but don’t have the space or the time to prepare some garden beds? For an application and more information click here!

MG Training Information: Interested in Becoming a Mason County Master Gardener?

WSU Master Gardener volunteers provide educational programs, free advice and answers to questions on home gardening and landscape maintenance, pest management, and composting to Mason County residents.  Volunteers help at plant clinics, classes, our Catalyst Food Bank and Community Demonstration Garden, garden tours, and our annual plant sale.  To become a certified Master Gardener, participants complete the online and face-to-face training programs and fulfill 60 hours of approved volunteer hours within a year of completing the coursework.  After certification, ongoing volunteer hours are required to maintain status as a Master Gardener.  Being a Master Gardener is an opportunity to improve your own knowledge and support the community!

 Click here to learn more…


Have a gardening question?

To help you with your gardening questions, the Master Gardeners staff a plant clinic in the office on Mondays from noon to 3 pm mid-January through mid-November. If Monday is a holiday, Master Gardeners will be in the clinic on Tuesday that week. You can email your plant questions to::, use the Contact Us section below or call and leave a message at 360-427-9670 Ext. 687.  We would love to help you!

We also staff a plant clinic table at the Shelton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays from May through September.  Stop on by!

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Catalyst Park Demonstration Garden donated over 2,300 pounds of fresh produce to Saints’ Pantry Food Bank During the 2019 growing season!

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