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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.

We are pleased to announce that we can now resume many activities, while taking care to protect against Covid infections. If you would like ongoing information, check here often, and join our group email list. Sign up here to put your name on that list!

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.

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. Click here to read columns you may have missed!

Do you have a gardening question?

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

We check email to the Clinic every 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.

We’re happy to set up a virtual class for you. Using Zoom technology, folks in your group can attend from the comfort of their own home, using an internet-connected computer, tablet or phone.

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 and others

Washington State Master Gardener Foundation has announced the 2022 Advanced Education Conference to be held September 29 – October 1, 2022.  For details, see