WSU Master Gardener program seeks new students for 2014

Join more than 350 Master Gardeners in Snohomish County who share good gardening and environmental stewardship practices with county residents by becoming a WSU Master Gardener Volunteer Community Educator.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2014 Master Gardener training class, which starts in January. Classes are held at the Extension Education Center at 600 128th St., Everett.

Training — open book with no memorization expected — focuses on familiarization and learning how to use resources to research, educate, mentor, and answer horticulture questions.

Becoming a Master Gardener requires about 80 hours of classroom and workshop instruction held once a week, generally from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Thursday starting in early January and extending into April.

Tuition for this extensive training program is $245. A volunteer commitment of 50 hours each year is required for two years, working and learning with like-minded volunteers on a variety of horticultural and environmental educational projects. Without the volunteer commitment, tuition is $745 for a limited number of tuition-only students, usually reserved for horticulture professionals.

For more information and an application, visit the Washington State University Extension website at and look under “News and Announcements,” or call 425-338-2400.

Applications must be submitted Monday, Dec. 16.


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