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Master Gardeners studying plants.
Dustin Francis, right, examines a grasshopper held by Sarah Griffith during a WSU Extension Master Gardener Entomology Lab training class Thursday, March 7, at the WSU Spokane County Extension Center.

Groups of gardening enthusiasts were huddled around lab tables examining preserved insect specimens, learning the tell-tale signs of invasive pests that a warming climate could bring to the Pacific Northwest.

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We are thrilled to announce the official launch of “The Evergreen Thumb” podcast, brought to you by Washington State University Master Gardener volunteers and sponsored by Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State. 

“The Evergreen Thumb” is a podcast dedicated to all things gardening and environmental stewardship. Our team has been working diligently to bring you valuable, research-based insights and tips to help you nurture your green spaces while contributing to a more sustainable future.

Bumblebees on flower.

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“It’s just not WSU anymore, and it hasn’t been for a long time. Other states saw the value in doing this and jumped on board and adopted the program early on. Now, we’re in all 50 states and most recently in Puerto Rico as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, and South Korea.” -Jennifer Marquis, Statewide Program Leader for the WSU Master Gardener Program.

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Deborah Smeltzer

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program is raising $1.5 million to hire a horticulture professor fully dedicated to the Program and to the volunteers who give their time and talents. This professor (endowed faculty chair) will teach volunteers, develop cutting edge, research-based curricula and publications needed by master gardener volunteers, and will engage volunteers in horticultural research projects.

Currently, our endowment stands at just over $70K, but we have set our sights on reaching $100K by the end of this year. To make this goal more attainable, we have received an extraordinary offer. WSU Extension Skagit County Master Gardener, Deborah A. Smeltzer, and her husband David T. Kingsbury have generously issued a $20K challenge. For every dollar contributed to this campaign, Deborah and her husband will match it, up to $20K, resulting in a total contribution of $40K.


Imagine the impact this campaign will have on our WSU Extension Master Gardener Program. With a horticulturist fully devoted to our cause in perpetuity, we will experience a profound transformation. Our program’s status will be elevated within WSU, throughout the state, and across the nation. This Chair will become our advocate, championing our program’s best interests alongside influential chairs and directors of the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. In essence, they will have a seat at the most crucial table in the college.

By participating in this campaign, you are empowering our program and shaping the future of horticulture education and research.

Congratulations to WSU Extension Benton Franklin Master Gardeners for their first-place David Gibby Search for Excellence award.

They won the youth category for their project “Washington Working with Incarcerated Youth: Growing and Giving Back to the Community.”

Cultivating plants, people, and communities in Pierce County, Washington since 1973, the Pierce County WSU Extension Master Gardener Program has since been emulated across the U.S. and into other countries around the world. With more than 300 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 95, learn more about these incredible volunteers are dedicated to providing this unique service to all of Pierce County.

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