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Master Gardener Program

What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices. This includes integrated pest management, efficient watering systems, soil improvement and choosing appropriate plants.

COVID-19 Impact to Plant Clinics

Currently “In person” clinics are closed, but Master Gardeners are here to help and are responding via email.

To submit your request to the Plant Clinic at: mg.whatcom@wsu.edu

Please provide the location and a detailed description of the problem, plant, or insect. Send digital photos if possible.  Also, provide a phone number in case we have more questions.

Please check back here for more info on status of our clinics.

What We Do
WSU Whatcom County Extension works with local partners to develop and deliver projects that benefit our community using sound, researched based community horticulture education.

Master Gardener volunteers are public educators who work on a variety of projects throughout the year.

Community Projects, Events, Workshops
All are open to the public.

Annual Plant Sale – Second Saturday in MAY
Garden Education for Schools & Clubs – Year Round
Bellingham Farmers Market – Monthly garden booths, May – Sept.
NWWA Fair – Master Gardener educational booth in August
Native Plant & Weed Education – Workshops and Field Study
Composting Demonstration
Grow Your Own Groceries – Workshops and Talks
Diagnostic Plant Clinic
Demonstration Gardens – Hovander Park and the Roeder Home
Youth Garden Support
Stormwater Education & Rain Gardens
Community Gardens Support

History
The Master Gardeners Program was started here in Washington State in 1973. Records show that 120 Master Gardeners from King and Pierce County Extension were trained in the first class. They served more than 7,000 clients in their first year. Today there are more than 3,000 Master Gardeners serving in 28 of the 39 Washington Counties. We serve more than a quarter of a million clients each year. The Master Gardeners program is now operating in 46 states and four Canadian provinces.

Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.

 

Program Contact:

Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811
beth.chisholm@wsu.edu

 

Upcoming Events:

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

MG Facebook

 

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