Continuing Education

Why do we remain Master Gardeners?

A large part of the MG experience is sharing our knowledge with others and continuing to learn with other members. We know that it’s fun and it’s rewarding. Learning takes place in many ways, and the MG Program is offering more ways to learn and keep us current than ever before including its community gardens, plant clinics, Ask-a-Master-Gardener e-clinic, workshops with Master Gardener’s and expert horticulturalists, online learning through WSU and our websites, diagnostics and more.

What’s coming up for CE?
MGs continue education for life

  • News You Can Use: Elaine Anderson, the Master Gardener Program Coordinator for King County, posts information in her News You Can Use email announcements about CE opportunities. The MGFKC eNewsletter, The Connection, also lists some CE opportunities.
  • Check the Training page for more information about these and conferences.
  • MGFKC Facebook PageCheck the MGF Facebook page for more continuing education opportunities. E-mail Tina Gruendike regarding educational postings to the MGF Facebook page, mgruendike at hotmail.com.

SAVE THESE 2017 DATES for Master Gardener CE workshops

What about other Advanced MG Education Training?

  • Bellevue Demo Garden Garden Workshops provide free Saturday morning workshops through October 15, here’s the 2017 list.
  • Issaquah Clinic offers free gardening talks at the Snoqualmie Valley Library Talks during the winter and spring. Watch here for their list of classes for 2018.
  • Snohomish County Master Gardener Foundation  offers a Sustainable Gardening Winter Speaker Series in Lynnwood from January through April. Visit their website to see the list of speakers and topics, location and cost, at http://www.gardenlectures.com/ .

SAVE THESE 2018 DATES!

March 3, 2018: 2018 Whidbey Gardening Workshop presented by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation. Over 45 classes and keynote speaker Dan Hinkley. Visit: www.whidbeygardeningworkshop.org for information. Registration opens January 14.

September 26-29, 2018: Master Gardener Advanced-Education Conference “East Meet West – Sharing Our Roots” in Wenatchee, WA. Keynote speaker, Adam Schwerner, director of Horticulture for Disneyland. Registration opens April1, 2018. Visit: https://www.sharingourroots.org/.

What is the International Master Gardener Conference?

International Master Gardener (IMG) conferences are held every two years and provide an opportunity for EMGs and Extension specialists to come together and learn through seminars and tours, while also convening committee meetings and exchanging ideas and concerns and touring private and public gardens in the area. The 2019 International Master Gardener Conference will be held June 17-21, 2019 in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Registrations will open in summer 2018.

Other Gardener Classes

UW Botanic Gardens offers a wide variety of adult education programs for home gardeners and horticultural specialists. Visit their website for the current offerings at https://botanicgardens.uw.edu/education/adults/classes-workshops/  .

The Saving Water Partnership sponsors free Savvy Gardener classes, mainly in the spring and fall to help you have beautiful, healthy landscapes while using water wisely.  The entire list of their classes and links to local nurseries with classes can be viewed at http://savingwater.org/LawnGarden/SavvyGardenClasses/index.htm.

What is the MGFKC Education Committee?

The MG Foundation supports the MGFKC Program Coordinator with some of these aspects. The Foundation’s Education Committee along with your Board is interested in planning workshops and tours of interest to Master Gardeners. If you would like to be involved in this activity, contact one of the Co-chairs, Sue Kramer (smkraemer at gmail.com) or Gordon Polson (ancientbrit at gmail.com) for information about becoming involved.

The MG Foundation and its Education Committee is always interested in suggestions for workshops and for venues that would work for you. Contact Penny Kriese, President, at president@mgfkc.org to find out more about the Education Committee.

Updated September 25, 2017


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