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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Master Gardeners

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

Cultivating plants, people and communities in Skagit County since 1977

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.

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.

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.

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

Programs include:
  • Discovery Garden to inspire and educate the public – watch this video!
  • Weekly Plant Clinics in Anacortes and Burlington to diagnose plant problems
  • Skagit Valley Herald newspaper articles
  • Monthly Know & Grow gardening lectures
  • Rain garden and community garden mentors
  • DIG-IT! elementary school program
  • Skagit Master Gardener Plant Fair, Saturday of “Mother’s Day Weekend” (Cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • Speakers to talk at events and community groups
Community Contribution

In 2019, we contributed 20,617 hours:

  • 8,702 hours in Program Support
  • 6,363 hours at the Discovery Garden
  • 1,462 hours in Other Educational Delivery
  • 1,831 hours at the Plant Diagnostic Clinics
  • 324 hours in Youth Outreach

Check out our printable resources guide to our program.

MG Volunteer's Page
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 conjunction with Skagit County Master Gardener Foundation (SCMGF).

Donations to the program are gratefully accepted and can be made through our non-profit.

Full CalendarEvents supporting the Skagit County home gardener. See you there!

Free Admission
Discovery Garden
Open to the public from dawn to dusk daily

Visit the demonstration garden maintained by the WSU Skagit County Master Gardeners.

Rain Garden Handbook for Western Washington
A Guide for Design, Installation, and Maintenance
Become a Master Gardener
As trained and certified members of a volunteer program sponsored by Washington State University Extension, Master Gardeners assist the 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.
Rain Barrels
Want a Rain Barrel
Build your own and conserve water
Have a rain garden, or planning to build one?
Register your garden as part of the 12,000 Rain Gardens Project!
Plant Clinics
The 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. There are also monthly Ask a Master Gardener Booths at the Mount Vernon, Sedro-Woolley and Concrete Farmers Markets to provide general assistance with plants, trees, landscaping, and gardens.
Insects of Skagit County
The 150-page book by Dr. Lloyd Eighme is chock full of interesting facts and color photos of the more common insects found in Skagit County. Personal stories, humorous notes, and amazing revelations make the book as enjoyable as it is informative. There are 32 pages of insect photos collected in Skagit County and preserved in the WSU Master Gardener collection.