Serving WSU Extension Master Gardeners across Washington State

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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.

Master Gardener foundation’s spring plant sales are happening around WA state. Find one near you!

Our People

Extension Master Gardeners working in greenhouse.

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.

Our Communities

Extension Master Gardener teaching children about pollinators.

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.

Our University

WSU cougar head on brick building.

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.

It all began at Washington State University

A grassroots, sociologic movement that started at Washington State University in 1973 and was emulated across the United States and into Canada and South Korea, the Master Gardener Program is WSU Extension’s flagship volunteer program.


Order your 50th commemorative magazine today!

This 50th Anniversary Master Gardener keepsake magazine has over fifty full-color pages celebrating 50 years of the Extension Master Gardener Program. Read about how the program started in Washington state in 1973, current points of pride throughout the WSU Master Gardener Program, and a look to the future.


Catch the spirit!

Shop the official WSU online store for your EMG 50th-year commemorative mugs, blankets, totes, hats, and embroidered logo wear.

Silkscreen t-shirts and sweatshirts are only available to order through May 28.


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.

For more information, click here

Don and two previous Master Gardener of the Year recipients.

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.

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