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Program Contact: Beverly Sarles, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
(509) 447-6453 •

The Pend Oreille County Extension of Washington State University is your best source for gardening and landscape information for the Tri-County region. Learn what grows well in our many micro-climates, get help solving plant and pest problems, and discover new gardening techniques. We’re here to assist you every step of the way!

Plant Problems? Soil Solutions? Insect ID? Our Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners are available to help with sustainable garden methods and landscape advice, problem diagnosis and solutions, plant and insect identification, integrated pest management, soil and compost information, and more. To have your questions answered year-round via email, reach out today!

Gardening and Landscape fact sheets on a number of common topics, plus access to WSU Extension Publications for free download.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones. Newport, WA sits mostly in Zone 6A. Check out the link to access more detailed information about a specific address.

Home gardener fact sheets for managing plant problems with Integrated Pest Management (IPM), including cultural controls and Washington-registered pesticides.

Class descriptions can be found on our Events Calendar.

Upcoming Events

Join the Master Gardeners Soil Testing Pesticide Certification

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in the Master Gardener Program, but can’t commit to the full-time training and required hours?

Consider becoming an Associate Member of the Pend Oreille Chapter of the WA Master Gardener Foundation and work alongside Certified Master Gardeners as they provide gardening education for the community. As an Associate member, there are no long-term commitments, no on-line training, and you pay zero fees.

  • Work with us in our Demonstration Garden.
  • Help set up displays at public events.
  • Assist with Gardening Classes and committees.
  • Lend a hand with our annual Plant or Hanging Basket Sales

 Join us and make a difference!

Email Dixie Chichester at to see how you can help by volunteering as an Associate Member with our Master Gardener Foundation.

Master Gardener Training Program

Pend Oreille County Master Gardener Basic Training is available throughout the year. Basic Training consists of three parts…

  1. Completion of the statewide on-line WSU Master Gardener training modules
  2. A series of trainings and classes that highlight gardening information specific to Pend Oreille County
  3. 40 hours of Volunteer internship time with Pend Oreille County Master Gardeners

Apply to join The Pend Oreille County Chapter by downloading the Master Gardener Program Volunteer Application here or picking up a copy at the Extension Office in Newport.

Financial Hardship assistance is available with help from the Master Gardener Foundation and the Pend Oreille County Chapter. Download the Training Scholarship Application here.

Completed applications can be returned to the Master Gardener Foundation of Pend Oreille County by dropping off the forms at the WSU Extension Office, 227-A South Garden Avenue in Newport, or mailed to Attn: Master Gardeners, WSU/ Pend Oreille County Extension Office, P.O. Box 5045, Newport, WA 99156. Once your application is reviewed, you will be called to schedule a brief orientation that will explain the Master Gardener program to you in detail.

For more information about the program contact: Beverly Sarles at or call at:  509-447-6453.

WSU Extension programs are offered without regard to race; sex; religion; age; color; creed; national or ethnic origin; physical, mental or sensory disability; marital status; sexual orientation; and/or status as a Vietnam-era or disabled veteran. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodations while participating in this program may call 1-509-447-2401 at least 14 days before the program.