WSU Master Gardener Program
of Thurston County
"Cultivating Plants, People and Communities since 1973"
Statement of Purpose
To provide public education in gardening and home horticulture based on researched-based information from WSU Extension.
About the Program
The Washington State University Extension faculty in King and Pierce counties began training volunteers to serve as WSU Master Gardeners in January 1973. Little did they realize that they would launch an entire "Master Gardener Movement" which would spread across the nation and world, making it a historic, sociological "grassroots" movement with widespread impact. It is considered a premier program within Washington State University, being that only uniquely WSU program with such widespread adoption and impact.
The WSU Master Gardener Program is a combination of training and public service. WSU Master Gardener volunteers provide professional, unbiased, researched-based home gardening and horticulture information to the public. In order to prepare volunteers for this role, WSU Thurston County Extension trains committed gardeners in basic botany, integrated pest management, soil science, plant identification, pest and disease diagnosis, and more. Master Gardeners are not paid for their community service, nor are they allowed to use their status for personal/business gain.
Guidance for the WSU Master Gardener Program is provided by faculty and staff from the WSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, in close cooperation with the WSU Extension. The WSU State Master Gardener office and coordinator is located in Puyallup. Within each county, the County WSU Extension office supervises the Master Gardener Program.
The WSU Master Gardener Program also participates in both regional and international Master Gardener conferences and committees and networks with other state coordinators across the United States and Canada.
WSU Thurston County
2014 Training Information
Next to digging in the dirt, there’s almost nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. One of the easiest ways to increase your gardening knowledge is to enroll in WSU Extension’s Master Gardener course next spring. For forty years, Washington State University Extension has been training Master Gardener volunteers in the science and art of gardening. Volunteers who attend the comprehensive course will learn the latest information on how to successfully grow their favorite ornamentals, veggies, fruit, and a whole lot more.
The Master Gardener course provides WSU research-based information on how to improve soil, identify common plant pest problems including insects and diseases and weed problems, as well as honing your gardening skills. “Hands on" workshops provide advanced training on pruning, composting, plant propagation and a host of other practical gardening skills.
There is a perception that to become a WSU Master Gardener you must know everything about gardening. This is unrealistic and untrue. To be a WSU Thurston County Master Gardener you must have gardening experience, but more importantly you must commit to sharing accurate gardening information with our community.
2014 WSU Thurston County Master Gardener Training Details
2014 training will happen on the following dates from 9am to 4pm at a training room in Lacey. Exaxt location and further details will be given upon acceptance into the program.
- January 31
- February 7, 14, 28 (Note the 31st, 7th and 14th are back to back weeks)
- March 14, 28
- April 11, 25
- May 9, 17, 23 (Note the 17th is our only Saturday event)
- June 6
To be accepted into the program you must meet the application criteria AND attend a pre-orientation session.
Application criteria is listed within the application packet and be downloaded below.
Attending a pre-orientation session will help you determine if becoming a WSU Master Gardener volunteer is a good fit for you. Dates and times are located below.
The 2014 PDF training packet can be downloaded here 2014 MG Application updated.pdf
Or the Word version 2014 MG Application updated.doc
If class space is available the last date to apply is Friday, January 24, 2014.
Don't delay and apply today!
WSU Thurston County Master Gardener
The WSU Master Gardener program requires a significant amount of time commitment. At these sessions you will learn what it takes to be a WSU Master Gardener volunteer. This includes program expectations as well as all the benefits you will receive being a WSU Master Gardener. The following sessions will allow you to see if the WSU Master Gardener program is a right fit for you.
*No pre-registration needed*
- January 10th from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
January 14th from 10:30a.m. to 12:00p.m.
January 21st from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
January 23rd from 4:30p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Directions to WSU Thurston County Extension Office:
The WSU Extension office is located at 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502. Our office is located inside the old McLane firehouse. Currently the City of Olympia is in the process of renaming their portion of Mud Bay Road to Harrison Avenue. Some of the street signs still say Mud Bay while others have been changed to Harrison. You can Map Quest or Google our office location OR you can follow these directions….
From I-5 take HWY 101 towards Shelton. Get off at Evergreen State College/Evergreen Parkway exit. Once you exit the highway keep right and follow the sign and ramp to Mud Bay Road. At the bottom of the ramp turn right onto Mud Bay Road/Harrison Ave. and immediately right into the parking lot of the Extension office.
The office entrance is the small door to the right of the fire bays. Parking is available in the small lot in front of the building. You can park in front of the fire bays even though it says not too. Parking is also available behind the building and can be accessed just past the fire bays. From the back parking lot follow signs through the courtyard and into the building.
For questions please contact Cori Carlton, Program Coordinator at 360-867-2162 or email@example.com
Additional Program Information
If you are interested in receiving a once-monthly update from the WSU Master Gardener listserv, send your name and email to Cori at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360-867-2162.
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