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Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardeners

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
360-395-2367 •

WSU is an equal opportunity provider. If you need a reasonable accommodation or language access to participate in an event, please contact Alex duPont, Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator, at or (360) 395-2367 at least two weeks prior to the planned event. Language access services, such as interpretation or translation of vital information, will be provided free of charge to limited English proficient individuals upon request.

Cultivating plants, people and communities in Skagit County since 1977


Our Skagit County Priorities

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Who we are

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.


The Master Gardener Program was started 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.

Become a Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardener

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Donations 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.

Diagnostic Plant Clinics

Solve your gardening and plant problems. Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardeners provide year round assistance to home gardeners.

During the growing season, Master Gardeners host weekly Diagnostic Plant Clinics in Anacortes and Burlington. During winter months, we still help with problems submitted by email, phone or online. Click here for more info.

Ask a Master Gardener Farmers Market Booths


Visit us at Skagit County Farmers Markets for assistance with plant, tree, landscaping, and pest problems. We also have booths at public events such as the County Fair.

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

Concrete: Next to last Saturday (Jun-Aug) from 10am-1pm at the Concrete Community Center

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

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

Special Events: Home Shows, Plant Fair, County Fair

Join our Mailing ListReceive updates on our plant sales, events and educational presentations. MG Volunteers - Click here to go to the Members Corner Visit our Foundation website for more gardening information!

The blog features a wide range of articles written by Skagit County WSU Extension Master Gardeners on topics relevant to gardening in the North Puget Sound area.  Check out our archive of older articles.

Visit the Discovery Garden

Open from dawn to dusk daily

16650 State Route 536
Mount Vernon, WA 98273


Weeds of the West

Available for free download from the University of Wyoming. A great resource!!

The Discovery Garden, NW Fruit Garden and the Salal Native Plant Garden have all been included in the Skagit Food Trail under Experiences!


150 pages chock full of interesting facts and color photos for anyone who wants to know what that bug is doing in their garden and whether it’s good, bad, or just plain interesting. Personal stories, humorous notes, and amazing revelations make the book as enjoyable as it is informative.

Insects of Skagit County is now available for download!  Click here!

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