Due to the Covid-19 emergency threat level, in-person visits to the PCMG office clinic are temporarily suspended until further notice. However, we are still able to answer your gardening questions. Please email them to email@example.com.
Registration for our From the Ground and Up virtual conference is now OPEN. Click here to learn more and register.
What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are community educators trained to work in partnership with Washington State University (WSU) Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in communities by promoting science-based gardening practices. Pierce County Master Gardeners give particular focus to issues of water quality and conservation, waste reduction, biodiversity, and food security.
Please see our “Become a Master Gardener” page to learn how to become a Master Gardener in Pierce County.
Highly recognized, diverse and fully supported, WSU Master Gardener volunteers are the go-to resource for communities seeking research-based, innovative solutions for their ever-changing horticulture and environmental stewardship needs.
Engaging university-trained volunteers to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.
Our Eight Guiding Principals for a more Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Program
- We must feel dissatisfied with the status quo.
- We must have a commitment to diversity that includes time and resources.
- We must have a vision of where we want to be in the future and a process for how to get there.
- We must develop intercultural competency skills and engage in work on personal attitudes based on our societal identities.
- We must begin to understand how our programs and delivery methods have been designed from a dominant cultural perspective, which does not work for most of our under-represented cultural groups.
- We must become a learning organization that is continually recreating itself in partnership with culturally diverse community groups.
- We must bring our traditional audiences along with us as we also learn about how to serve new audiences.
- We must see this work as everyone’s responsibility. It is not just up to our leaders, but each of us, within our sphere of influence. We must be bold, learn more, and take new risks.
Services we offer:
- Ask a Master Gardener – Get answers to your gardening questions. This page also includes information about our diagnostic clinics
- Request a Master Gardener Speaker – We can present on many topics for all ages
- Request Help from a Master Gardener – We can help your organization or group with a gardening project
Resources we offer:
- Grab-and-Go Garden Kits – A free community resource for youth garden educators
- Downloadable Vegetable Gardening Materials – Information about vegetable gardening techniques
- Resources for Homeowners – A list of science-based gardening resources for our area
- Sharon Ballard Community Garden Grant Program – Grant assistance for non-profits within Pierce County to support new or established community gardens
Our public gardens and events:
- Demonstration Gardens – Information about our public gardens and free garden talks
- Puyallup Children’s Garden – Information about out public children’s garden and activities
- Events & Workshops – A list of public events that we organize, such as the annual plant sale and “From the Ground and Up” conference
“Gardening Advice from a Master Gardener” Podcast
These podcasts, written by Pierce County Master Gardener Karen Fischer, provide a variety of gardening advice for homeowners, from small space gardening to using natural pesticides.
Where to listen:
Contact Pierce County Master Gardeners
For plant questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For program information, contact:
Donna Thompson, PCMG Administrative Assistant
email@example.com or (253) 798-3234
Caitlin Sprague, PCMG Program Coordinator
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Jim Kropf, WSU Pierce County Interim Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (253) 445-4526 at least two weeks prior to the event.