WSU Master Gardener Program
Master Gardeners are Volunteer Community Educators–cultivating plants, people, and communities since 1973!
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May 21 – May 27, 2017 Proclaimed WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Week!
Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed May 21 through May 27 Washington State University Master Gardener Volunteer Week. Each year the Governor of WA recognizes WSU Master Gardeners for their hard work and dedication to their communities through this proclamation. Master Gardeners spend over 100 hours in training and give back more than 60 hours of volunteer service to their communities to become certified Master Gardener Volunteer Educators. Veteran Master Gardeners give 25 hours of volunteer service and acquire a minimum of 10 hours each year to maintain certified.
Master Gardeners provided 4,524 separate diagnostic plant clinics to the public in 2016, held 1442 outreach events on sustainable gardening practices, and averaged 67 hours per Master Gardener in volunteer service. Master Gardeners educate WA state citizens on landscape and garden practices that help to protect water quality and conserve natural resources.
The Governor’s proclamation helps to increase awareness of the program and gives Master Gardeners, and WSU Faculty and Staff an opportunity to promote the program to their elected officials, showing the value the program provides to their county and the state. Master Gardeners are dedicated volunteers who are passionate about the mission of the program: to deliver science-based information to WA State communities that helps to conserve and enhance our natural resources while improving the quality of life and wellbeing of WA State residents.