Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State
Striving to provide the funding and resources to optimize the effectiveness of our people, the impact in our communities and the partnership with our University.
We invest in the continuing education of our more than 4,000 active volunteers throughout the state via our Advanced Education Conference.
We sponsor several WSU Extension Master Gardener awards to recognize key contributors to the Program. Awards include the WSU Master Gardener of the Year, Ed LaCrosse Distinguished Service, and Media awards.
Learn how you can become a WSU Extension Master Gardener in your county.
Extension Master Gardener volunteers throughout the state answer your gardening questions and teach research-based gardening classes. Gardening for us encompasses practices that help create healthy communities and a healthy planet. We also work with youth, grow food for local food banks, and maintain demonstration gardens.
To ensure these public services from the Master Gardener program continue, the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State financially supports the Extension Master Gardener Program.
In 1973, Washington State University Extension agents created the concept of the Master Gardener Program that has since spread throughout the United States and internationally.
We partner with WSU to continually advance the Program. We are excited to announce that together we have another first: we are working to fund the first endowed faculty chair dedicated to the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program.
National Extension Master Gardener Week
March 20 – 26, 2023
The Extension Master Gardener Program is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country, with more than 86,076 volunteers in 49 states. There are around 4,100 Master Gardener volunteers in WA State. Learn more about our history.
The Program serves as a model for many other volunteer organizations, empowering diverse communities with relevant, unbiased, research-based horticulture and environmental stewardship education.
The WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference
The Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State partners with WSU to host the Advanced Education Conference to further the education of Extension Master Gardener volunteers on topics important to the environment in our State. The Conference is open to the public.
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WSU Master Gardener of the Year: Don Enstrom, Lewis County
The Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State is pleased to recognize the leadership Don has shown supporting the Foundation’s mission and purpose.