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Skagit County Master Gardeners

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
360-395-2368 • alex.dupont@wsu.edu

The Discovery Garden is still closed to the public.  

WSU 2021 Forest Stewardship Summer Webinar Series

Join WSU Extension Forestry for a series of live webinars on all new forest stewardship topics. The webinars are free, but preregistration is required. Each webinar is offered twice: one from 12:00-1:00 PM, and again from 7:00-8:00 PM. If you are interested in a webinar but are unable to attend, please register anyway so you can receive a link to the recording afterward.

The Skagit County Fair is happening this year and the Master Gardeners will be there!

AUGUST 11TH—14TH IN BUILDING D

10AM TO 9PM

SELLING OUR WONDERFUL MASTER GARDENER RAISED PERENNIAL PLANTS, ANNUAL PLANTS, VEGETABLES, FIGS, GRAPES, BERRIES AND HERBS.

          ALSO ANSWERING YOUR GARDENING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS (BRING PICTURE OR SAMPLE).

AirNow app from EPA

Do you want to know the smoke conditions in a town?  Download the EPA AirNow app and add any towns you want to track.  It’s very helpful for traveling!

 

Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference

Open to the public!

EXPLORE. LEARN. SHARE.

VIRTUAL – FIND OUT MORE

Sept. 30-Oct 2, 2021

Pest Alert - Giant Asian Hornet
State and federal entomologists confirm new Asian giant hornet detection in Snohomish County
Pest Alert - Houdini Fly
Pest Alert - Spotted Lanternfly and Tree of Heaven
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.
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!!
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!
MG Volunteer's Page CalendarEvents supporting the Skagit County home gardener. See you there!
Become a Master Gardener - Training Returns 2022!
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.
Plant Clinics & Ask a Master Gardener Booths
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. Currently these clinics are not in person, only via email or phone call. 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. Check the calendar for dates and times!

Skagit County Master Gardeners

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.  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.

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.

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