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Master Gardener Program

“…But that is the joy of a garden; it blooms for all who have eyes to appreciate it, and all may claim it because it gives its beauty so freely to every garden lover…”                                                                                      — Maude Ballington Booth

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteers who serve as educators in their communities. The Master Gardener program originated in Washington State to enable WSU Extension to better serve the public — specifically home gardeners.

The Yakima County Master Gardeners are active in presenting garden programs, developing community gardens and sharing gardening knowledge.

Learn from Master Gardeners year round!

Classes – Our Demonstration Garden and our Heirloom Garden are beautiful spots to spend an hour or so with Master Gardener experts at our Saturday morning classes during the growing season.  Details on our Events Page.

In February you can learn how to save seeds from your vegetable garden, and as a bonus, become a member of our Heirloom Seed Lending Library, where you can borrow seeds for free! Details on the Events Page.

Newspaper columns – On each Sunday, the Yakima Herald-Republic prints a gardening column. On some weeks, it’s authored by Master Gardener Carol Barany, on alternate weeks by a team of Master Gardener educators.  Don’t miss them; they are entertaining and give you a good road map for what to do in your garden this week.

Do you have a gardening question?

One of the primary services Master Gardener volunteers provide is a diagnostic plant clinic.

We are in the Clinic three days a week to help you!

Check out our Clinic page for details.

Yakima County Master Gardeners Lead State Once Again

Across the state of Washington, Master Gardeners volunteer in their communities. They provide training, advice, and example to home gardeners in all counties. Naturally, there are far more Master Gardener volunteers in the larger Puget Sound counties than in Yakima County. But on a “per-volunteer” basis, Yakima’s volunteers contribute significantly more time to our communities. See table below with 2018 statistics.

County Hours Vols Hrs/Vol Rank
King 33,790 584 58
Pierce 32,114 406 79
Snohomish 30,310 352 86
Clark 20,082 288 64
Spokane 16,632 165 101 #3
Kitsap 16,258 251 65
Thurston 15,795 174 91
Yakima 15,334 127 121 #1
Skagit 15,326 137 112 #2
Benton 13,596 140 97


Let us come talk to you!

Master Gardener experts are available to speak to your group about many varied gardening topics. We can develop a custom presentation for you, or you can choose from many that we already have prepared.

See the details here!

Support your Master Gardeners!

If you shop at Amazon, you can have them contribute a small part of your purchase amount to the Yakima Master Gardener Foundation. It costs you nothing, and it helps us serve you and the many other programs we conduct throughout our valley. Click here to sign up!

Advanced Training for Master Gardeners

Washington State Master Gardener Foundation presents the 2020 Advanced Education Conference at Fort Worden in Port Townsend on October 1-3, 2020.  For details, see