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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 Saturday, 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 2017 statistics.

County Hours Vols Hrs/Vol Rank
King 35,431 600 59
Snohomish 31,006 351 88
Pierce 28,853 367 79
Clark 16,823 261 64
Yakima 15,734 122 129 #1
Thurston 15,289 173 88
Skagit 15,151 132 115 #2
Spokane 14,182 149 95 #3
Benton 12,873 147 88


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!