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Master Gardeners

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

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

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

  1. We must feel dissatisfied with the status quo.
  2. We must have a commitment to diversity that includes time and resources.
  3. We must have a vision of where we want to be in the future and a process for how to get there.
  4. We must develop intercultural competency skills and engage in work on personal attitudes based on our societal identities.
  5. 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.
  6. We must become a learning organization that is continually recreating itself in partnership with culturally diverse community groups.
  7. We must bring our traditional audiences along with us as we also learn about how to serve new audiences.
  8. 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.

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“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:

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Contact Pierce County Master Gardeners

For plant questions, please email

For program information, contact:

Tia Harris Dalton, PCMG Program Assistant


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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 or (253) 445-4526 at least two weeks prior to the event.