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Whatcom County Master Gardener Training
is back in 2022!
The information on the application will help determine if you qualify for the program, so please give thoughtful consideration to your answers. The application form will be fillable; you can save it to your computer. (Paper copies also available at our office.)
Application deadline in Whatcom County is November 30, 2021 – for training which begins in February 2022. Applicants will be contacted for open house information sessions.
Once you have completed filling out your Master Gardener application, please send it to Beth Chisholm Whatcom County Master Gardener Program Coordinator at email@example.com (this is preferred method)
Email (to firstname.lastname@example.org) or hand deliver completed application to:
WSU Whatcom Extension
1000 N. Forest Street, Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225
September: Fall registration opens
October – November: Interviews and open house info sessions
November 30: Application due
December: Fees due
January 2022: Online course opens
February – April 2022: Class sessions
May – September: Volunteer internship
What is a Master Gardener?
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 Master Gardener Program is a volunteer program for people with a passion for plants, a drive to learn, and a commitment to serve. Candidates for the program may or may not have experience or knowledge about horticulture, but all have a desire to learn. By signing up to join the program, you are committing to serving the community as a gardening/horticulture educator. Trainees develop the skills and knowledge to become effective community educators on plants, plant communities, pests and much more.
Trainees receive over 60 hours of college-level, WSU-certified training. Lectures and labs are taught by university faculty/staff, local and state experts, and Master Gardeners. After trainees pass the final exam, they complete 60 hours of volunteer time as intern-trainees, assisting the public in solving their home gardening problems and answering questions. An intern is usually paired up with a mentor Master Gardener during this training time. Upon completion of these hours, they become Certified WSU Master Gardeners and maintain certification with continuing education and annual volunteering of a lesser number of volunteer hours.
- Pesticide Safety
- Garden Management
- Landscape Ornamentals
- Weed Control
- Plant Pathology
- Sustainable Practices
- Vegetable and Fruit Crops
- and more!
The cost of the Master Gardener education is $300.00. Plus online course material of $75.00 (total $375.00) – study materials are included. Trainees must also submit to a national background check through Sterling Volunteers at a cost to the applicant of $14.00.
Limited scholarships available based on need. Contact Beth (email@example.com) for more information.
Classes will be held remotely via Zoom with transition to outdoor in-person.
The process to becoming a Master Gardener starts with intensive 12-week classroom training, combined with hands-on training. Participants are asked to apply only if they can attend all class days. The training is academically rigorous and requires approximately 10-15 hours per week of class time and homework. The course has online components of chapter readings and quizzes, and a final exam. Participation is mandatory.
To become a Certified Master Gardener, applicants must complete:
- 60-hour training which includes all quizzes via the online course, labs and a few Saturday field trips.
- Score 80% or better on the final exam
- Complete 60 hours of volunteer time as an MG intern (May – September)
- Professional Horticulture option available (Coursework without volunteer commitment)
For more information, please contact: Beth Chisholm, Master Gardener Coordinator, (360) 778-5811, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about the statewide program at: http://mastergardener.wsu.edu