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

  • Check the MGFKC eNewsletter, The Connection, for 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 2018 DATES for Master Gardener CE workshops

  • March 24, 2018: Spring Starts Here – a continuing education workshop will be held at Shoreline Community College. This all-day event begins at 9:00am and speakers begin at 9:30am. Ingela Wanerstrand will speak first on fruit tree pruning, and answer questions from 11:45 to noon. After lunch, David Montgomery and Anne Bikle will talk about the importance of soils and gardening, following the Q&A, they will be selling their books. The event will run until about 4:00pm. More information and online registration will be available in January. Note that you will be able to bring your lunch or order lunch when you register for this event.

What about other Advanced MG Education Training?

  • Bellevue Demo Garden Garden Workshops provide free Saturday morning workshops through October 15. Watch for the link to their list of workshops here.
  • Issaquah Clinic offers free gardening talks at the Snoqualmie Valley Library Talks during the winter and spring.
  • 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 for Other Continuing Education Events!

February 7-11, 2018: 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Show. produced by Pacific Northwest-based, family-owned O’Loughlin Trade Shows, one of the largest consumer show producers in the United States. Attracting nearly 60,000 attendees, the five-day show features colorful display gardens, 350 exhibitors in the Marketplace, and a seminar program with over 100 seminars geared for both veteran and beginning gardeners. NOTE: This event has been approved for CE hours for Master Gardeners in Washington State.

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 and to register.

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 Gardening 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 and provides volunteer leadership for King County Master Gardener continuing education opportunities. 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 Marilyn Holm, Chair, (holmm1425 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 January 2018


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