WSU Whatcom County Extension

Community Horticulture

WSU Whatcom County Extension        

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Master Gardener Program

Cultivating plants, people and communities since 1973.


What is a Master Gardener?

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who work in partnership with WSU Extension to educate the public and enhance the quality of life in the community by promoting sound gardening practices. This includes integrated pest management, efficient watering systems, soil improvement and choosing appropriate plants.

What We Do

WSU Whatcom County Extension works with local partners to develop and deliver projects that benefit our community using sound, researched based community horticulture education.

Master Gardener volunteers are public educators who work on a variety of projects throughout the year.

Community Projects, Events, Workshops
All are open to the public.

Annual Plant Sale – First Saturday in MAY
Garden Education for Schools & Clubs - Year Round
Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop – Held every March
Farmers Market - Monthly garden booths, May - September
NWWA Fair - Master Gardener educational booth in August.
Native Plant & Weed Education - Workshops and Field Study
Composting Demonstration (link)
Grow Your Own Groceries – Workshops and Talks
Plant Clinics (link)
Demonstration Gardens - Hovander Park and the Roeder Home
Youth Garden Support (link)
Stormwater Education & Rain Gardens (link)
Community Gardens Support (link)


The Master Gardener Program was started here in Washington State in 1973. Records show that 120 Master Gardeners from King and Pierce County Extension were trained in the first class. They served more than 7,000 clients in their first year. Today there are more than 3,000 Master Gardeners serving in 28 of the 39 Washington Counties. We serve more than a quarter of a million clients each year. The Master Gardener program is now operating in 46 states and four Canadian provinces.


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Special Links:
Community Gardens Map (link)
List of Partner Gardens (pdf)
Garden Directory (pdf)

Current Issue:

Weeder's Digest
April Issue

Media Highlight:
Be sure to read the recurring article:

Ask a Master Gardener

Upcoming Events:

Sunday MG Events
at Hovander Homestead Park
INFO Sheet (pdf)

Annual Plant Sale
Saturday - May 10, 2014
(Day before Mother's Day)

Upcoming Spring Workshops
in Mount Vernon, WA
Website (link)

MG Foundation General Meeting
2nd Thursday of the month at the Whatcom County Extension Office
6:30pm Social Time
7:00pm General Meeting
7:15pm Guest speaker

Monthly Plant Study Group
Location: Cordata Food Cooperative upstairs meeting room
Time: 9am-11am
Contact: Karen Gilliam

WSU Master Gardener General Foundation Meeting
Extension Office
(every 2nd Thursday)
6:30 social time, guest speaker at 7pm


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