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Become a WSU Master Gardener

Join over 350 WSU-Snohomish County Extension Master Gardener volunteers in teaching good gardening and environmental stewardship practices to Snohomish County residents while at the same time learning and and having fun working with other like-minded volunteers.



Training focuses on familiarization and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions for the general public in a collaborative environment. With that in mind, all quizzes and exams are open book and can be re-taken. No memorization is required.

The WSU Master Gardener program grew out of the need for Washington State County Extension agents to respond to the growing interest in home gardening over 45 years ago. Last year Snohomish County Master Gardeners donated over 30,000 hours of volunteer time, including training a new class of 45 volunteers, which is done annually each winter.

Training involves approximately 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week every Thursday, January through March. Classes are held at the Extension Education Center at 600 – 128th Street in South Everett from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Homework, including all quizzes and the final exam, is done through the WSU Master Gardener Online Training Program using your home computer and averages 4-6 hours a week during training.


Cost and Application

Tuition for this extensive training program is $295 for 2020 plus a minimum volunteer commitment of 40 hours each year for two years working on designated MG projects within Snohomish County. Applications for the 2020 MG Training Class will be available by Aug. 1. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and should generally be a resident of Snohomish County.

Cost of the training without the volunteer commitment is $795 in 2020 for a limited number of full-tuition students, which are usually, but not limited to, horticultural professionals who don’t have the time for volunteering. Full-tuition application information is available on the Horticulture Professionals page.


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Or contact:
Howard Voland, Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Washington State University