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 Extension and our websites, Diagnostics Lab and more.

Where to find up coming CE?

  • Check the MGFKC eNewsletter, The Connection, for CE opportunities.
  • Check the Training page for more information about these and conferences, including this year’s training sessions open to visitors. Next? Watch for details for:

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.
MGs continue education for life

SAVE THESE 2019 DATES for King County CE workshops and lectures

  • Spring at Shoreline, April 6, 2019, 8:30AM to 2:30PM at Shoreline Community College. Here’s how to register.
  • Bellevue Demonstration Garden free Saturday workshops at 10:30 at the garden, most weekends from January to mid-October. [List of workshops added Feb 2019]
  • Snoqualmie Valley MG Clinic offers free gardening talks at Sammamish Library and North Bend Library during the winter and spring. Here is the list of talks, starting January 19, 2019.
  • Growing Groceries 2.0, an educational series focused on teaching our community how to grow healthy food using research-based sustainable gardening practices. Classes are at The Grange in Issaquah through May 2019, pre-registration required.

Other WSU Extension Advanced MG Education Training

  • Whidbey Gardening Workshop, Mar. 2, 2019. Registration opens January 13, 2019.
  • 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/.

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. Registration is open now, but classes are filling quickly, http://www.cvent.com/d/hgqxlp.

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/  .

Bellevue Botanical Garden Society offers classes on a variety of topics at Bellevue Botanical Garden. They have special pricing on all classes and lectures for members. Learn more about classes at BBG.

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 https://www.savingwater.org/lawn-garden/gardening-classes/.

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 events of interest to Master Gardeners. If you would like to be involved in this activity, contact Alison Johnson (alison.johnson at comcast.net) 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 Carrie Hill, President, at president@mgfkc.org to find out more about the Education Committee.

Updated February 2019


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