What does it take to become a Master Gardener?

Who are the Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are people interested in learning more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants in the garden, the landscape, and the home. In exchange for classroom instruction, Master Gardeners extend garden information to their communities. The Master Gardener commitment is to act as a volunteer staff person for the OSU Extension Service. Master Gardeners are not only knowledgeable gardeners, but they are educators as well!

What a Master Gardener does will vary according to the needs of the Extension Service and the desires, skills, and availability of the Master Gardener. Some Master Gardeners staff plant clinics and help their communities answer gardening questions. Others teach workshops on interesting gardening topics, or help out in after-school garden clubs. Master Gardeners may also write articles for their local newsletters, serve on advisory committees, or assist with statewide activities such as the Master Gardener Mini-College that is held annually.

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Check out what the Master Gardeners are doing in Wasco County:

Master Gardener Training

Master Gardener training classes are taught by OSU Extension agents and horticultural specialists. The program offers a basic, practical course in plant science and horticulture. Classes usually include: basic botany and plant physiology; pest identification and control methods; soil management and plant nutrition; and diagnosis and control of plant problems. Other general interest classes on such topics as lawns, greenhouses, desert gardening, vegetables, trees, and shrubs may be included depending on class interest. The actual course content and sequence will vary from year to year and will depend on local needs and interests.

In Wasco County, classes are held on Wednesdays in February and March.

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Are you Master Gardener Material?

Is the Master Gardener Program right for you? To help you decide whether you should apply for the Master Gardener Training, see what you think about these six statements:

  • Gardening and gardens have always been of interest to me.
  • Anything I learn about gardening I like to share with others.
  • I would enjoy having a learning community to talk with about gardening issues.
  • Mystery things grow in my garden that I can't identify.
  • I think bugs can be fun!
  • Nothing I plant seems to grow.

If you find yourself agreeing with some of these statements, the Master Gardener Program may be perfect for you! If you would like to become a Master Gardener, please call or write to:

Michelle Sager, Program Coordinator
OSU Extension Service, Wasco County
400 E. Scenic Dr. Suite 2.278
The Dalles, OR 97058

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