Master Gardener training available

Submitted by San Juan County Master Gardeners

Are you a gardener in San Juan County? Do you enjoy learning and sharing your knowledge with others? Have you just moved to the islands and want to get involved in the community and learn about gardening in our unique ecosystem? The WSU Extension San Juan County Master Gardener Volunteer program may be just what you are looking for!

The Master Gardener program trains volunteers to work in partnership with WSU Extension to teach research-based gardening and environmental stewardship practices to county residents, while at the same time learning, working, and having fun with other volunteers.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 San Juan County WSU Extension Master Gardener Training Program. Trainees receive over 60 hours of training in horticulture and practical experience through a year-long volunteer internship. The training is taught by local and regional experts and includes topics on vegetable gardening, botany, forest health, plant disease diagnostics, landscape principles and more!

Trainees become a part of a cohort of passionate, dedicated community members who provide educational outreach and help problem-solve gardening questions. Many volunteers stay involved in the program for many years, sharing their love of gardening and learning with their community and fellow volunteers.

The 2024 training will be held on nine Tuesdays, Jan. 23 to March 19. Training will be a combination of Zoom and in-person lectures, online reading, educational field trips, and hands-on clinics. The cost of the training is $325. Partial scholarships are available.

Master Gardener training is offered biannually in San Juan County, so don’t miss this opportunity. Expert and novice gardeners are encouraged to apply. Applications are due Nov. 30.

For more information and application:

Contact Caitlin Blethen, Master Gardener Program Coordinator at or 360-370-7663 with any questions.

The WSU Master Gardener Program is a nationally recognized program that trains volunteers to teach local community members to manage their gardens and landscapes in a science-based, sustainable manner; address environmental and social priorities such as water conservation and water quality protection; reduce the impact of invasive species; and increase public awareness of healthy living by growing food. Information they share is generated from research at WSU and other university systems. Everyone with an interest in gardening and volunteering is welcome and encouraged to apply for the program. Extension programs are available to all without discrimination.