Education

King County Master Gardener Education Events

NOTICE – Message regarding education event cancellations.
In accordance with the latest guidelines from the King County Department of Health regarding COVID-19 we are suspending in-person MG gatherings until further notice. We are asking those who have coordinated in-person CE events to cancel, reschedule, or if feasible, to hold those events online. Watch this page for event updates.

What counts as CE for Master Gardeners? Those classes that will improve a volunteer’s knowledge and skill base for performing work as a horticulture adviser and serving as a resource on issues of sustainable gardening for home gardeners.

Free Workshops and Talks

These classes and talks listed are offered by King County Master Gardeners and do not require advanced registration. The classes and talks are open to the public as well as other Master Gardeners. Additional local gardening classes are listed below.

NOTICE: In keeping with the recommendations from the State Governor’s office and King County Department of Health, all face-to-face workshops and talks have been cancelled until further notice. Some of these events are moving online. See below.

  • Bellevue Demonstration Garden free Saturday workshops. Talks are offered now offered online via the Zoom platform from 2:00PM-3:00PM on Saturdays. These talks are sponsored by MGFKC and Bellevue Parks & Community Services. Here is the planned 2020 Free Workshops brochure but these talks are now on hold. Some talks are now being offered online in July:
    • August 1: Good and Bad Bugs in the Vegetable Garden by WSU Ext Sharon Collman
    • August 8: Bringing Your Tomatoes to Harvest by MG Marcia Dillon
    • August 15: August 15 Making Gardening Easier as You Age by MG Pat Roome
    • August 22: Low-Care Perennials for Our Gardens by MG Cleo Raulerson
    • August 29: Gardening With and Problems of Rhododendrons by Atsuko Gibson, Nursery Manager/Assistant Curator Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden

Here are details to access these free talks:

    • Join Zoom Meeting online at: https://zoom.us/j/98357808723
      Meeting ID 983 5780 8723. Password 060052.
    • Call in via phone: +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) Meeting ID 983 5780 8723. Password 060052
  • Snoqualmie Valley Library Talks. The Snoqualmie Valley Master Gardener Clinic planned to offer Master Gardener talks at the Sammamish Library and the North Bend Library during winter and spring. Saturday talks planned at North Bend Library and at Sammamish Library for the fall are not certain, but here is the plan:
    • September 19: TBD
    • October 17: Perennials with Master Gardener Cleo Raulerson
  • Neely-Soames Homestead & Gardens Classes. Classes held at the Neely-Soames Homestead & Gardens (map) have been cancelled until the garden reopens.

Online Continuing Education

Here is a list of approved, pre-recorded, on demand online continuing education opportunities for Master Gardeners that count as continuing education, including classes, webinars and online workshops offered by King County Master Gardeners along with accredited institutions/horticulture organizations.

Classes Requiring Registration and/or Fees

The following classes and talks are open to the public and to Master Gardeners. Events listed here may require pre-registration, and some may also require fees to register. See each event registration for details.

  • Growing Groceries. This educational series focuses on teaching how to grow healthy food using research-based sustainable gardening practices.

MGs continue education for lifeMASTER GARDENER CONTINUING EDUCATION

A large part of the Master Gardener experience is sharing our knowledge with others and continuing to learn with other members. Learning takes place in many ways, and the Master Gardener 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.

KING COUNTY MASTER GARDENER TRAINING CLASSES

Some King County Master Gardener intern training classes are open to the veteran Master Gardeners. These classes provide CE opportunities to Master Gardeners to refresh their learning and keep current with information from WSU. The 2020 training classes will be held at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture from January through March. KCMGs will receive an email regarding sign-ups for open training classes.

Where else to find up-to-date information about Master Gardener training and Master Gardener advanced continuing education classes?

Other GARDENING WORKSHOPS & CLASSES

  • Classes at Bellevue Botanical Garden. Notice: All BBGS-sponsored classes for April have been cancelled.
    • PlantAmnesty is offering their Master Pruner classes at BBG in 2020. Check the BBG site for dates & topics.

WSU MASTER GARDENER ADVANCED EDUCATION CONFERENCE

WSU offers a multi-day, state-wide conference for Master Gardener interns and veterans alike most years. The host site for this conference moves around the state to different counties It is an opportunity to meet other Master Gardeners, explore advanced education sessions, hear talks about statewide issues, learn about updated policies, and the latest research-based information about soil, common plant pests and diseases, and gardening skills.

2020 WSU Advanced Ed ConferenceSAVE THE DATES for the 2021 WSU Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference, Learn. Grow. Connect. When? This conference has been rescheduled for Fall 2021. Where? Port Townsend, WA. Learn more at https://mglearns.org/ and updates on the new schedule. Conference classes qualify for Continuing Education.

  • Conference Fact Sheet – Updates about location, speakers and registration [Aug 2019]
  • Special panel discussion on Community Gardens and Food Banks. The panel will be comprised of 4-6 program coordinators that support (or have supported in the past) a community garden, food bank, or other community food program.  Panel topics will include:
    • Program Structure
    • Program Partners
    • Formal vs. Informal Agreements
    • Complying with WSU Extension policies
    • Educational Components
    • Volunteer Hour Reporting
    • Managing Non-MG involvement
    • Successes, Failures, Best Practices, Watch-outs, Publicity, Awards, etc.

SAVE THE DATES for the 2021 International Master Gardener ConferenceSix days of tours, workshops and education in the Commonwealth of Virginia, September 12 – 17, 2021 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Other Local Gardening Groups & Classes – Schedules subject to change.

What is the KCMG Education Committee?

The King County Program Master Gardener Education Committee is interested in planning workshops and events of interest to Master Gardeners. The MG Foundation supports the MGFKC Program Coordinator and provides volunteer leadership for King County Master Gardener continuing education opportunities. 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 Jim Olson, President, at president@mgfkc.org to find out more about the Education Committee.

Last updated July 2020

 

 




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