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Become a Master Gardener

Program Contact: Master Gardener Clinic
(253) 798-7170 •


Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? We highly recommend that you attend one of our information sessions to learn more about the Program and to meet some of our volunteers!

Information Sessions will occur on the following dates:
RSVP by calling 253-798-7170 or emailing

Session 1:  September 10th, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Tacoma*
Session 2:  October 9th, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM, Tacoma*
Session 3:  October 17th, 5:00 PM -6:30 PM, Gig Harbor** 

*Tacoma Location- WSU Pierce County Extension Office, 3602 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, WA 98418, Conference Room 1

**Gig Harbor Location- Volunteer Vern Pavilion at Sehmel Homestead Park

Pierce County Master Gardener Training Information for Training in 2020

Do you love gardening and volunteering? If so, the Master Gardener Program might be for you!

To become a Washington State University Pierce County Master Gardener you must first apply to the MG Program. Applications and specific training information are posted at this page.

Master Gardener Training consists of 12 Tuesday and Saturday classes in January thru March (see draft schedule on the application- available below).   Six or seven of the classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 1:00 PM-6:00 PM and four or five of the classes are scheduled for Saturdays from 8:45 AM-3:00 PM.  The 55 hours of classroom training focuses on sustainable gardening practices through topics such as pest and soil management and water wise gardening techniques. It covers a wide range of gardening topics that include ornamental, vegetable and native plant gardening.

Once you are accepted into the program you are required to attend all classes and complete an online training course that includes quizzes and a final exam.  The online portion equates to an additional two to four hours of study time weekly, January through March.

Once training is completed you will begin your 60-hours of volunteer time which will include working at our demonstration gardens, staffing diagnostic clinics, an intern project, and working in the community. These hours need to be completed by December 31, 2020.

Once Master Gardeners complete their first year, they are required to contribute 25 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education annually to retain their certification.

For an increased training fee, this class is also available to individuals who do not wish to become a Master Gardener Volunteer, but instead choose to attend the class to receive a certificate of completion.

Thank you for your interest in the Pierce County Master Gardener Program!

All applications are due by October 31st, 2019.  Please make sure you read the entire application packet before filling it out and submitting it.

Click here for the fillable (word) version of the application.  This version should be filled out electronically and emailed for submission.

Click here for the pdf version of the application.  This version should be printed, filled out by hand, and then either mailed or emailed for submission.

Training Costs:  There are training fees for both the in-class and online training.  View additional information/applications above for more information.  If the fees are a financial hardship, a limited amount of financial assistance is available to those becoming Pierce County Master Gardeners.  The WSU Pierce County Master Gardener Program would like to thank the City of Tacoma Sustainability Small Grant program for covering 5-7 scholarships for City of Tacoma residents in 2019.  Please note that scholarships are not limited to Tacoma residents.

For questions about training, please contact the PCMG Program at or 253-798-7170.

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 months prior to the event.