Northwest NEWS

August 13, 2001


WSU Master Gardener applications ready in King County

Red leaves appearing on trees, as early as this first week in August, remind us that fall approaches faster than we wish. Fall always brings new learning, and if your inclinations are toward getting more training in gardening, consider applying to become a Washington State University Master Gardener.
   If your fingers twitch happily during plant sales and you've an interest in helping your community grow "greener," WSU Master Gardener training may be for you. This highly-regarded training seeks people who enjoy gardening and want to share their knowledge with others.
   WSU Master Gardeners work with youth in school enrichment programs, plant and maintain demonstration gardens, and serve in a variety of gardening efforts throughout the county.
   Gardeners agree to volunteer 60 hours in the first year in return for over 66 hours of training conducted by WSU faculty and other professional instructors. The next training meets on 11 consectutive Tuesdays, Jan. 8 through March 18, 2002, from 8:30 a.m. through 4 p.m.
   If you have Internet access, the application is available on the WSU King County Web site. You'll be able to print out and mail the application. (Applications cannot be completed or forwarded on line.)
   To receive a hard copy of the application and additional information, send a SASE #10 (business size, the long envelope) to : WSU Cooperative Extension, King County Master Gardener Program, 500 SW 7th Street, Suite A200, Renton, Washington, 98055.
   Applications can be picked up at that address during business hours, 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. Monday, through Friday.
   Applications will be available through Sept. 30 and must be received in the office by the end of the day on Friday, Oct. 5.