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Master Gardeners Program

Program Contact: Beth Chisholm, Program Coordinator
(360) 778-5811 •

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.

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

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.

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


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
– General Meetings:
Held the second Thursday of each month at Noon. Venues and times subject to change.

Foundation Webpage future

Special Links:
Community Gardens Map (link)
Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure (pdf)
List of CFG Partner Gardens (pdf)
Garden Directory (pdf)

Current Issue:

Weeder’s Digest

Hovander Demonstration Gardens Brochure (pdf)

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