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Coronavirus COVID-19

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.

Become a Master Gardener

The training is offered annually. We do offer monthly garden lectures, workshops and tours. Also our Master Gardener Plant Clinic is open year round to answer your tough gardening questions.

Master Gardeners in a classroomThe Master Gardener program is for people interested in gardening and their community.

To become a Certified Master Gardener, applicants must complete 60 hours of training and 60 hours of volunteer time as a Community Educator.

• Occasional Saturday field trips
• Scholarships available based on need
• Professional Horticulture option available
   (Coursework without volunteer commitment)

Volunteer Requirement Option:
The timeline for completing your volunteer hours has been extended to accommodate new trainees.

Course: February – April
Volunteer Internship: May – September*
* Extended option offered. One additional year, if needed.

Topics include:

• Botany
• Insects
• Soils
• Pesticide Safety
• Garden Management
• Landscape Ornamentals
• Weed Control
• Pruning
• Plant Pathology
• Sustainable Practices
• Vegetable and Fruit Crops
• and more!


Space is limited to 25 people. Training tuition includes materials and 12 weeks of classroom lectures, labs, and field days.

The course has online components of chapter readings and quizzes. On-site weekly classroom lectures and labs are led by local and state experts. Quizzes and participation are mandatory. All trainees will become certified after passing the final exam and satisfying the volunteer education requirements.

For more information, please contact: Beth Chisholm, Master Gardener Coordinator, (360) 778-5811

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811


WSU Home Horticulture


Upcoming events:

2021 Plant Sale Pick Up
Order online April 25, 2021
Pick up May 7-8, 2021
Plant Sale Website

Master Gardener Foundation
– Board Meetings:
Held the first Thursday of each month at 10 am in the Extension Office classroom.

Master Gardener Foundation
– Education Lectures:
On most second Thursdays of each month at Noon at the Bellingham Food Coop Community Room (405 E. Holly Street, Bellingham, WA).


Helpful Resources:


Upcoming Events:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, some events may be postponed or cancelled.

Partial map of Hovander Gardens

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure