Applicants accepted into the WSU Master Gardener volunteer training program participate in 21 weeks of classes in person and at home by using an on-line training program. 

The Washington State University Master Gardeners of Thurston County will host a 22-week training course on gardening starting Jan. 17 and alternating every other Friday. 

Instructors will teach on a variety of topics including vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, plant disease diagnostics and more, according to a press release. 

“What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to lifelong learning and sharing of accurate gardening information with others. Trainees join more than 200 volunteers who have diverse expertise and interests. As a result volunteers have fun learning from one another while making friendships and a difference in our community,” said Program Manager Cori Carlton.

The six-month course costs $300, according to the release. Payment plans and scholarships are available. 

Upon completion of classroom work, graduates volunteer a minimum of 60 hours on community-based garden service projects before earning the WSU Master Gardener title.

An application and pre-orientation is required for students. 

For more information, call the WSU Thurston County Extension Office at 360-867-2177. 

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