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Program Contact: WSU Master Gardener Question/Answer Clinic
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Open Garden dates coming soon

50th Anniversary events:

  • Our WSU Master Gardener and Master Recycler Composter volunteers will be at the Capital Mall March 25th and 26th and April 1st and 2nd to answer your gardening, composting, and recycling questions.  Click on “Outreach and Community Events” for more information.

Gardening and Composting Workshops

Free Composting Workshops

Click here for more information about our free Composting Workshops

NOTE: Provided seating is limited for workshops hosted at Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden. To guarantee a seat, please bring your own folding chair.

2023 Compost workshop flyer (pdf)



Outreach and Community Events

Our programs will be tabling at the following Thurston County Farmers Markets and Community Events in 2023. Bring your gardening, composting, and recycling questions.

Additional events and outreach will be added as they are confirmed.

Master Gardener Program 50th Anniversary Events in Thurston County

Master Your: Garden, Compost, Recycling Question & Answer Booth at the Capital Mall in Olympia – The first WSU Master Gardener Q & A clinic was held at the Tacoma Mall 50 years ago this year. In honor of the 50th MG Anniversary we are going to recreate an outreach booth at the Capital Mall. We will have MG/MRC/MGFTC info and activities at our booth. Bring your gardening, composting, and recycling questions.

Facebook Event:

It will be located inside the mall in the large open space in front of Macy’s

  • Saturday March 25, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday March 26, 11am-6pm
  • Saturday April 1, 10am-8pm
  • Sunday April 2, 11am-6pm


Community Events

Thurston Conservation District Plant Sale, Saturday March 4, 10am-3pm

At Home in the PNW: A Community Conversation Part 1, Thursday April 13 at 6pm.  Tumwater Timberland Library. Hosted by the City of Tumwater

Olympia Home and Garden Show, Saturday April 22, 10am-5pm

Nisqually Home and Garden Show, Saturday April 29, 10am-4pm

Thurston County Fair, July 26-30


Farmers Markets – 2023 dates TBD

Olympia Farmers Market, 10am to 3pm

Yelm Farmers Market, 10am to 3pm

Tumwater Farmers Market, 11am to 3pm

Tenino Farmers Market, Saturday July 22, 10am to 4pm

Demonstration Garden Events

Open Garden events

50th Anniversary events

More information soon!


Directions to Demonstration Gardens

Directions to Dirt Works Demonstration Garden: (open for events only and by appointment)

  • From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Black Lake Blvd. exit and at the bottom of the ramp turn right. Get in your left lane and make a left onto Cooper Point Road. Follow this until you reach Capital Mall Drive. Make a left onto Capital Mall Drive and follow it until you see Alta Street. Turn right onto Alta Street. Follow this road into the park and drive through the parking lot until it ends. The garden entrance is located at the end of the parking lot.
  • If you use Google Maps, search for “dirt works demonstration garden”.

Directions to Closed Loop Park Demonstration Garden: (Open year round, same time as the Waste and Recovery Center)

  • Located just inside the Thurston County Waste and Recovery Center (WARC) at 2420 Hogum Bay Road NE.
  • Once you are at Waste and Recovery Center entrance follow the road in and take the first right into the parking lot. This lot is for garden and dog park visitors. Closed Loop Park demonstration garden is all the greenery adjacent to the parking lot and to the left of the dog park entrance. Composting workshops are held in the composting area next to the gazebo. The gazebo is located on the opposite end of the dog park entrance.

Directions to Olympia Farmers Market Demonstration Garden: (Open year round)

  • Located on the east side of the Market on the north end of Capitol Way in downtown Olympia.

Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County Events

Please the MGFTC website for the most up-to-date information about their events, including the Plant Sale Nursery and Fall Fundraiser.


WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office. Persons will disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation need to contact Cori Carlton at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia WA 98503, 360-867-2162, at least two weeks prior to the event.