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.
Want to know what will be coming up for CE?
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 MGF Facebook page for more continuing education opportunities. E-mail Tina Gruendike regarding educational postings to the MGF Facebook page, mgruendike at hotmail.com.
Bellevue Demo Garden provides free Saturday morning workshops through October 15. Issaquah Clinic offers talks at the Snoqualmie Valley Library during the year. Check the Training page for more information about these.
Watch this space for 2017 King County MG CE workshops
- May 6, 2017: Master Gardener Plant Sale Continuing Education. Open to the public, watch for the opportunity to sign up for any of the four speaker sessions slated for the Spring plant sale event at the Center for Urban Horticulture. Outstanding speakers planned are Ciscoe Morris, Phil Bennett, Karen Chapman and Elaine Sherbrooke.
- September 23, 2017: Master Gardener Plant Sale Continuing Education at Bellevue Botanic Garden. Day-long CE sessions are being planned for this all day sale. Look for details and registration later.
- November, 2017: South Sound Continuing Education Workshop is again being planned at Renton Technical College. Look for details and registration later.
July 10-14, 2017: International Master Gardener Conference in Portland, OR. See more below.
September 20-23, 2017: Advanced-Education Conference “Can you dig it?” scheduled in Yakima. Watch for more information on this event.
What is the International Master Gardener Conference?
The 2017 International Master Gardener Conference will be held July 10-14, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. Stay abreast of the development of this exciting opportunity by signing up for their newsletter. Our local Plantsman, Dan Hinkley, along with wildlife biologist John Marzluff and Renee Shepherd, pioneering seed developer and founder of Renee’s Garden, will be keynote speakers.
Registration for this conference is now open! Early bird registration until January 13, 2017. You can register to bring a spouse or other accompanying person for a nominal fee. Here is what you want to know:
- Registration Prices
- Conference Schedule, day-by-day
- Conference Tours and Pricing
- Lodging/Conference Hotels and Pricing
- Exhibitor Information
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 Anne Ellett, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about the Education Committee.
Updated April 27, 2017