Master Gardener teaching class about composting in outdoor classroom
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Some of our educational outreach

Class at garden.

Educational Outreach

WSU Extension Master Gardener Programs statewide host educational classes, workshops, demonstrations, and field days. Through these events our university-trained volunteers bring relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education to their local communities.

Ask a Master Gardener

Have a gardening question? Ask a Master Gardener at one of our in-person or on-line plant and insect diagnostic clinics.

From our beginning, Master Gardeners have provided free access to unbiased research-based horticulture advice to help people find answers to their gardening questions. Clinics are located at farmers markets, hardware stores, nurseries, demonstration gardens and Extension offices throughout the state of Washington. You can also find us online.

Two Master Gardeners are diagnosing a plant problem.
Children walking over colorful pavers in a Children's garden.

Demonstration Gardens

Want to see sustainable gardening in action? Stop by one of our gardens. These outdoor classrooms give gardeners the opportunity to see and practice sustainable gardening techniques. Master Gardeners demonstrate via classes, workshops, and field days a range of gardening practices including water wise gardens, native plant gardens, English knot gardens, raised bed vegetable gardening, composting, container gardening, espaliered apples, berry beds and more.

Community Gardens

Interested in helping put food on the table? Community Gardens inspire people to come together to grow their own food. WSU Master Gardeners are active in numerous community gardens and teach tips and techniques for increasing production and for handling pesky problems. Community Gardens provide ready access to healthy food and address food insecurity throughout the state.

People harvesting squash at a community garden.
A group of children learning about gardening and harvesting vegetables.

Youth Gardening

Are you a teacher who wants to get your students in the garden? The gardeners of tomorrow start building their passion today! Several counties have youth gardening programs where kids can experience the joy of gardening. The goal is to build knowledge, but especially to inspire a passion for gardening that lasts a lifetime.

Speakers Bureau

Does your organization need a speaker? WSU Master Gardeners do presentations on a variety of gardening topics as part of their mission to empower and sustain diverse communities with relevant, unbiased research-based yard and garden information. Request a speaker qualified to talk to your garden club, service club or classroom about anything gardening related, from growing veggies to soil health to attracting pollinators, or something specifically to address your group’s needs.

Master Gardener speaking at a conference.
An outdoor Master Gardener plant sale.

Plant Sales

Looking for plants well-suited for your particular location? Our plant sales have become important events in our communities. People come looking for unique varieties of vegetable starts and perennials that are well-suited for local climates and soils and for advice from WSU Extension Master Gardeners about how to best care for their new plants. Plant sale goers know that they will get high quality plants and veggie starts at a reasonable price.

We generally hold plant sales in the spring, near Mother’s Day and some counties also hold plant sales in the fall. Our plant sales, often hosted by our Master Gardener Foundation partners, are an important tool for us to defray the cost of running many of our free programs.

Advanced Education Conference

The WSU Advanced Education Conference is sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of State Foundation and produced by the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program. The conference provides significant WSU-approved Continuing Education to statewide Extension Master Gardener volunteers who serve our communities here in Washington State.

The WSU Advanced Education Conference is open to the public, and all gardening enthusiasts are invited to attend.

The 2024 conference will be held virtually in September.

WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education logo.
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To learn more about WSU Extension Master Gardener programs available in your county, please use the County Map.