What is Master Gardener Education?
Master Gardeners are community educators trained to work in partnership with WSU Extension to teach the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices with research-based information.
The Skagit County Master Gardener program starts with a 12-week course combining classroom and online education. Training is computer-based with on-line course instruction, including a WSU Master Gardener Program Education disk that you will receive, along with a weekly hands-on learning at class held on Mondays at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, beginning mid-January.
The Master Gardener core curriculum includes lectures in basic botany, horticulture, soil science, sustainable garden management, integrated pest management, plant health care, pesticide safety, entomology, insect pest management, plant pathology, plant disease diagnosis and control, weed identification, tree fruit and small fruit production.
In Skagit County, the Master Gardener program is inviting student applications until October 31. We will contact you to schedule an in-person interview for the January class. Prospective student interviews are held the 2nd or 3rd week of November. The cost of the Master Gardener education is $400. A refund of $100 is returned to the Master Gardener after their volunteer time is completed by the end of their intern year.