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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 9, 2015
Cori Carlton, Program Manager, (360) 867-2162

2016 WSU Master Gardener Training of Thurston County
Attend a special pre-orientation session

Olympia - Washington State University Thurston County Extension is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Master Gardener volunteer training.

Next to digging in the dirt, there's almost nothing gardeners enjoy more than learning about their favorite plants. One of the easiest ways to increase your gardening knowledge is to enroll in WSU Extension's Master Gardener course next spring. For forty two years, Washington State University Extension has been training Master Gardener volunteers in the science and art of gardening. The next WSU Master Gardener training will start January 22, 2016 and cover an array of botanical topics (examples: vegetables, ornamentals, soils, pruning, water-wise gardening, weeds, composting, diagnosing plant disease, identifying insects/pests etc.).

There is a perception that to become a WSU Master Gardener you must know everything about gardening. This is unrealistic and untrue. To be a WSU Thurston County Master Gardener you must have some gardening experience but more importantly you must commit to sharing accurate gardening information with our community.

The WSU Master Gardener training will also teach you how to access the latest researched-based information from Washington State University faculty, staff, and nationwide partners on subjects you may not know too much about. You will become part of over 200 Thurston County WSU Master Gardeners who have very diverse backgrounds of gardening expertise and interests. As a result of this diversity you will have fun learning from one another while making lifelong friendships.

To be considered for one of the limited training spots you must complete an application and attend a pre-orientation session. To see if the WSU Master Gardener volunteer program is a right fit for you please join us for one of the following pre-orientation sessions:

  • November 10th at 10:30 a.m.
  • November 20th at 4:30 p.m.
  • December 1st at 10:30 a.m.
  • December 10th at 4:30 p.m.
  • December 16th at 4:30 p.m.
  • December 18th at 10:30 a.m.

No pre-registration needed. Location: Thurston County WSU Extension Office- 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Space is limited so don't delay....apply today! If room is available, the last day to apply is January 1, 2016. To learn more about the program or to download a 2016 application visit our website at http://thurston.wsu.edu/gardening


Washington State University Thurston County Extension, 5033 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, WA 98502 http://thurston.wsu.edu 360-867-2151

WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Cori Carlton, TCMG & TCMRC Program Manager at carltoc@co.thurston.wa.us or 360-867-2162 at least two weeks prior to the event.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3