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Skagit County Master Gardeners

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
360-395-2367 • alex.dupont@wsu.edu

Visit the Discovery Garden

Open from dawn to dusk daily

16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

ASK A MASTER GARDENER BOOTHS/FARMERS MARKETS

Stop by and see us at Skagit County Farmers Markets for assistance with plants, trees, landscaping, and pests. We also have booths at public events such as the County Fair.  Check the events calendar for a complete list of dates and times!

Anacortes:  Saturdays (2nd Saturday in May through 2nd Saturday in Oct) from 10am-2pm.  Plant Clinic and Information Booth is in the Depot.

Concrete:  Last Saturdays (Jun-Aug) from 10am-1pm at the Concrete Community Center

Mount Vernon:  1st Saturdays (Jun-Sep) from 9am-2pm at the Riverfront Plaza

Sedro-Woolley:  3rd Wednesdays (Jun-Sep) from 3-7pm at the Hammer Heritage Square

Special Events:  Home Shows, Plant Fair, County Fair

 

DIAGNOSTIC PLANT CLINICS

During the growing season, WSU Skagit County Master Gardeners host weekly Diagnostic Plant Clinics in Anacortes and Burlington to diagnose plant problems and provide assistance with plants, trees, landscaping and gardens including pest and disease identification.

During the winter months, we still help with problems submitted by email, phone or online.   Click here for more info.

Jun 04

Skagit County Extension 100 year Celebration

June 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Donations are always welcome!

Except for a part-time WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator position and the annual training program, all Skagit County Master Gardener programs, including the Discovery Garden, are funded through the efforts of Master Gardener volunteers.

 

IN THE NEWS!

State entomologists call for public help after possible spotted lanternfly detection

Karla Salp
Communications

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

WSDA is asking the public to keep a watch for spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula), a potentially destructive pest that may have been observed in the Omak region.

When reporting possible SLF sightings, include a photograph, date, and location of the sighting and most importantly – collect the specimens. Reports can be made using WISC’s online reporting form or mobile app or by emailing WSDA at pestprogram@agr.wa.gov or calling 1-800-443-6684. After reporting, suspect specimens and egg masses can be taken to WSU Extension offices. More information about spotted lanternfly can be found on WSDA’s website. Report tree-of-heaven locations to WISC.

Growing Oregon Gardeners:
Level Up Series 2022
Topics and dates

Webinars are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12 noon (Pacific). The series runs from February through November and will be announced as speakers are finalized. Check back for new and additional webinars throughout the year.

RESOURCES!

Rain Barrels
Want a Rain Barrel
Build your own and conserve water
Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington
A Guide for Design, Installation, and Maintenance

Weeds of the West

Available for free download from the University of Wyoming. A great resource!!
Have a rain garden, or planning to build one?
Register your garden as part of the 12,000 Rain Gardens Project!

Skagit County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices.

What we do

As trained and certified members of a volunteer program of Washington State University Extension, Master Gardeners assist Extension in providing information to home gardeners about sound and sustainable gardening practices. This includes integrated pest management, efficient watering technologies, recycling of garden wastes and cultural methods for preventing and treating plant disease.

We have

Over 150 certified Master Gardeners and up to 25 new interns each year.

History

The Master Gardener Program was started here in Washington State in 1973. Records show that 120 Master Gardeners from King and Pierce County Extension were trained in the first class. They served more than 7,000 clients in their first year. Today there are more than 3,000 Master Gardeners serving in 28 of the 39 Washington Counties. We serve more than a quarter of a million clients each year. The Master Gardener program is now operating in 46 states and four Canadian provinces.  Click here for more info on the statewide program.

The program in Skagit County was started in 1977, and has grown significantly since then. We now have approximately 150 active Master Gardener volunteers in the Skagit County program.

 

Community Contribution

165 active Skagit County Master Gardener Volunteers and Interns gave 10,767 hours in 2020.  This includes:

  • 6,307 hours in Program Support
  • 2,644 hours at the Discovery Garden
  • 280 hours in Other Educational Delivery
  • 605 hours at the Plant Diagnostic Clinics

SCMG volunteer hours have reduced significantly in 2020 and 2021 since we were unable to do our usual in-person activities due to COVID-19.