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Master Gardener Foundation
of King County

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports and promotes the WSU Extension Master Gardener program in King County to provide research-based education about urban horticulture to the residents of the state of Washington. The Foundation accepts donations and raises funds to assist Master Gardeners in their 37 clinics and 14 gardens, to provide books and other written materials to the clinics, to recognize Master Gardener volunteers’ achievements and to provide funding for educational programs for Master Gardeners and for public outreach events.

The Master Gardener Program was first started here in King County in 1972 to address the need of home gardeners for horticultural information.  Today, Master Gardener programs are in all 50 states and many other countries. It is one of the most effective volunteer programs in the United States. In 2017, over 600 King County Master Gardeners volunteered more than 40,000 hours towards the goals of the Master Gardener Program in the county and for the Foundation that supports it.

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All Master Gardeners are welcome and encouraged to attend board meetings. In the summer months the meeting location may change to one of our gardens, otherwise, all meetings are held at the offices at CUH. Check the here for updates to location changes.

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Interested in being a Foundation Board member?

The King County Master Gardeners program remains one of the largest in the world.  Board members are engaged, energetic volunteer leaders committed to helping build a road to the future. Foundation members, who are all King County Master Gardeners, play a variety of  roles and are community leaders, planners, stewards, fund raisers, philanthropists, designers, gardeners, or technology savvy warriors — all passionate about gardening.  If you are honest, creative, take responsibility, can follow through, work well with people, are tolerant of differing viewpoints, and have skills or can open community doors — you have what it takes! Find out more about volunteering as a Foundation leader. Contact our President (president@mgfkc.org) or any Board member to get involved.

Why Master Gardeners are worth supporting?

Master Gardeners volunteers are trained para-professionals who work in the community as horticulture advisers and resources for home gardeners.   We provide research-based information and education, tailored to fit local needs, using resources from the state land grant universities and the United States Department of Agriculture. In King County the Washington Master Gardener Program is administered by Washington State University Extension through the King County Master Gardener Program Coordinator. Master Gardeners help urban and rural gardeners, children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities get more from their personal space. Gardening gives participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment, and intellectual stimulation.  Sound like fun?  Learn how to be a Master Gardener.


The purpose of the Master Gardener Foundation of King County, a not-for-profit corporation, is to enhance and supplement the efforts of the Washington State University Extension MASTER GARDENER program and its volunteers, and thereby to provide education and information on horticulture to the citizens of King County and residents of Washington state. The time Master Gardeners spend is free, but the gardens, clinics and projects they participate in are not. That is why the Foundation was created. Support the MGFKC today.

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