Powering horticulture education in Clark County
Foundations provide funds that support Master Gardener programs and education to promote sustainable horticulture.
Educating gardeners and helping our communities
Master Gardener volunteers teach people to grow their own food via demonstrations and workshops. Produce grown in our organic demonstration garden and grant supported community gardens is donated to local food banks to help Washingtonians in need.
The State Foundation
The primary efforts of the State Foundation are concentrated on furthering the horticultural education of our volunteers and members of the public; to provide leadership for and communication of state-wide best practices for the funding of our programs; and working with WSU to enhance the Extension Master Gardener Program.
The Advanced Education Conference (AEC)
The AEC is a multi-day annual event that takes place in the fall. It is open to the public and serves as advanced education for certified Master Gardener volunteers. Click here for more information on the upcoming Advanced Education Conference.
Partnering with WSU
Since its creation of the Master Gardener Program, WSU Extension has been the leader in innovating programs to meet the needs of our communities and our volunteers. Our Foundations partnered with WSU to expand upon and accelerate this program development.
Now, WSU is innovating again with the nation’s first Endowed Faculty Chair. We are helping to raise funds to ensure that WSU Extension Master Gardeners has a permanent member of the faculty dedicated to furthering the mission of our program.
In Clark County we work with the Master Gardener program to develop and operate key events like plant sales and other events to raise money. Money raised helps to pay for key programs like plant clinics, community gardens, and demonstration gardens. We also provide funding to local horticulture education projects through our grant program.
Each Mother’s Day weekend we hold our major plant sale fundraising event. In addition, we offer small plant purchase opportunities at other times during the season for foundation members and Master Gardeners.
You can support the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County through direct donations, becoming a foundation member, and purchasing plants at our plant sale. In addition, Master Gardeners support our foundation by purchasing logo merchandise.
Foundation Members receive discounts at local businesses and are invited to sign up before the public for appointments to attend our plant sale.
By supporting the Clark County Master Gardener Endowment fund, you can help to ensure long term support for the WSU Master Gardener program in our county.
Interested in becoming a Master Gardener?
If you love gardening and want to support environmental education opportunities in your neighborhood, please check out everything the WSU extension Clark County Master Gardener Program has to offer. Our county MG Program website has information on how to apply for Master Gardener certification each fall and what the training involves. We also offer general gardening tip sheets, links to education resources, and ways to support our mission in Clark County. We’ve got learning opportunities for all ages and all levels of horticultural experience.