Educating people where they live and work about horticultural best practices.
Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public on a variety of horticulture subjects using up-to-date, research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public’s quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.
More than 100 Master Gardeners live in Washington County and volunteer several thousand hours each year to educate others. Activities range from teaching Community Education classes, diagnosing plant problems, and answering questions at “Ask a Master Gardener” events, to helping people in the community with their environmental issues such as water quality, invasive species and noxious weeds.
MGWC is self-supporting through its own fundraising efforts.
Visitors Invited to Explore Nature at Master Gardeners “Fairest Garden” at the Washington County Fair.
Thank-you to everyone who visited our “Fairest Garden” during the Washington County Fair this year. Despite some rainy weather, our Master Gardeners enjoyed answering your garden questions, discussing heritage garden plants, making (and eating) fresh garden salsa, learning more about watering wisely in the garden, how to cope with our unwelcome garden pests and invasive plant species, good tree care practices, planting to save your soil, water and sanity, and what we can all do to protect our precious pollinators. The Discovery Center tent once again taught us about unique garden plants, including some very cool Bonsai specimens.
New this year were QR codes on all garden signs, allowing us all to view a complete listing of all garden plants with a quick click of our phones.