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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

WSU Home Horticulture Training

Program Contact: Cori Carlton, Master Gardener & Master Recycler Composter Program Manager
(360) 867-2162 •

What is the WSU Home Horticulture Training?

Learn to be a better home gardener and steward of the environment with Washington State University Extension’s new online Home Horticulture Training.  The Home Horticulture Training was developed in response to the increased demand for gardening education and is suitable for both new Pacific Northwest gardeners who want to gain local horticulture knowledge and established gardeners wanting to increase their knowledge.

When are the classes?

The Home Horticulture Training focuses on a wide range of horticulture topics taught online via Zoom by WSU faculty, staff, WSU Master Gardeners, and other regional experts. It will occur, weekly, on Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon, January 9, 2021 through April 24, 2021.

Who can take the training?

Washington State Residents 18 years and older are welcome to register. You do not need any gardening experience, just a willingness to learn.

Trainees must have a computer with internet access, an e-mail account, and a Zoom account to participate.

How much does it cost?

Tuition for the Home Horticulture Training program is $300.

Where can I get more information about tech requirements, class topics and instructors?

To review the Home Horticulture Training Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and the Class Topics and Instructors list, go to

How do I register?

Registration is closed for the 2021 training.  Contact the Thurston County WSU Master Gardener program coordinator if you have questions or to be added to the interest list for future trainings –

How does the WSU Home Horticulture Training compare to the WSU Master Gardener Training?

Completing the WSU Home Horticulture Training is not the same as completing the requirements to become a certified WSU Master Gardener volunteer. The purpose of the WSU Home Horticulture Training is to learn to be a better gardener for your personal benefit only. Whereas, the WSU Master Gardener Training program is meant for those people that want to become a certified WSU Master Gardener volunteer so they can provide gardening advice to the public as a certified WSU Master Gardener. The WSU Master Gardener Training is more than just a horticulture course, it includes in-depth, hands-on and experiential, county-specific training to develop the critical skills needed to volunteer.

However, if you decide to apply for the 2022 WSU Master Gardener Training program in Thurston County and have completed the 2021 Home Horticulture Training, your quiz scores and final exam score will transfer. You will still need to apply to the 2022 WSU Master Gardner Training program and be accepted, pass the background check, complete the local training requirements, and finally complete all requirements for WSU Master Gardener certification as outlined on our WSU Thurston County Master Gardener Training page.

Who can I contact if I have more questions about the WSU Home Horticulture Training?

If you have any further questions about the WSU Home Horticulture Training, please contact Cori Carlton, Program Manager of the WSU Master Gardener Program of Thurston County Program.


Work Cell Phone: 360-490-8398

Registered Students

If you are registered for the 2021 WSU Home Horticulture training, you can access course documents (password required) and course information at

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 beginning of training.