Courtesy OSU Extension Master Gardener Program Pamphlet
What is the OSU Master Gardener program?
The OSU Master Gardener Program was developed to create a cadre of trained volunteers to help with the OSU Extension Service mission of sharing research-based information throughout the state, and to help individuals to continue to learn. The OSU Master Gardener volunteers help answer horticulture/gardening questions, and teach and demonstrate gardening techniques within their communities.
The program consists of two parts:
• Training classes - which are offered once a year
• Practical application of the training - class members volunteer in the community
and share what they have learned with the public.
When does the class meet?
Orientation for all new Master Gardeners (required): Thursday - January 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. This will be held at the OSU Extension Service Meeting Room, 4506 Third Street in Tillamook. People are welcome to attend to learn more about the program before making a commitment.
Classes on Thursdays: From January 18 – April 5. Classes will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch. You may leave for lunch or you may bring a lunch and stay to talk with others.
What does the training cost?
The Tillamook County OSU Extension Service provides the OSU Master Gardener certification classes for a fee of $120. This fee includes handouts, instructor mileage, and the comprehensive 526-page gardening handbook for the Pacific Northwest, Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon-Washington Master Gardener Handbook.
In exchange for receiving 66 hours of training, at a substantially reduced price, you are expected to complete 60 hours of service for your community. The service time gives you an opportunity to continue your training utilizing the resources in the Extension office and with the assistance of other Certified Master Gardeners.
Master Gardeners provide a valuable service. Each Master Gardener completes the following service: