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50th Anniversary

It all began at Washington State University in Pierce County!

Grassroots, sociologic movement that started at Washington State University in 1973 and was emulated across the United States and into Canada and South Korea, the Master Gardener Program is WSU Extension’s flagship volunteer program.
Please join us as we celebrate 50 years of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program around Washington State!


Join us April 8th 1pm-4pm at the WSU Puyallup Extension and Research Center for an afternoon of special talks from stakeholders, University Representatives and Master Gardeners from the past and present! Enjoy a tour of our demonstrations garden and light refreshments.

Event Details

What is the address?  The opening event will be held in Allmendinger Hall on the PREC campus (2606 W. Pioneer, Puyallup).

Parking details?  Parking volunteers will be available to guide traffic.  We have some handicapped parking slots, but please be prepared for a short walk to the venue site.

What is the program/what will be the topic for the talk?  The celebration has a three-part focus – testimonials from VIP and families of Program founders, a focus on the great work being done by our MG volunteers, and celebrating an incredible 50 years of service to gardeners and our communities.

Dress code?  Business casual, with shoes that are “made for walking”.  Our Demonstration Garden will be open for tours and MGs are eager to talk with you in that setting.

Can I bring a spouse or other family members?  Guests are welcome.  Seating is limited to about 175 people.

Is this only for Pierce County or open to all?  The event is open to all MGs regardless of county affiliation.  Other regional events are planned throughout the state.  For more information see

While space is at a premium, if Master Garden Volunteers who wish to come have not yet registered they should do so as soon as possible by accessing our on-line registration portal at

We are finalizing headcounts for seating and food, so registration cut-off is set for March 24. 2023.

Register Here

Click this link to find our registration site: 50th Anniversary of the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Tickets

Registration will close March 24th at midnight.


Master Gardener Apparel

Bring your Master Gardener flare to show off. For new apparel check out our WSU Storefront for the 50th Anniversary!

WSU Master Gardener 50th Anniversary | SunWest Sportswear |