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Plan to join our virtual conference
September 27-28, 2024

All garden enthusiasts welcome!

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September 27-28, 2024

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2024 Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to announce our 2024 keynote speaker, Rebecca McMackin!

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The virtual 2024 advanced education conference, Gardening in a Changing Climate, provides exceptional opportunities with high-quality classes and instructors. WSU Extension Master Gardeners earn continuing education hours improving their ability to teach sustainable horticulture skills across Washington.

The conference features 35 live and recorded classes, focusing on research-based gardening and environmental stewardship practices, which address nine program priorities and support Extension Master Gardener leadership skills.

The conference is open to the public.

The WSU Extension Master Gardener Program and Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State intends this virtual platform to provide a harmonious blend of affordability and accessibility that enables conference attendees to benefit from the wealth of research-based knowledge and expertise shared during the event.

The Evergreen Thumb Podcast

Tune in to “The Evergreen Thumb” for an exclusive preview of the 2024 WSU Extension Master Gardener Advanced Education Conference!

Join us as we delve into the conference’s exciting lineup featuring the keynote speaker and in-depth sessions designed to enhance your gardening expertise.

Listen now:

2024 Advanced Education Conference Preview (

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Partnering to further the mission

To further the training of volunteers and keep them abreast of cutting-edge horticultural science, the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State hosts an annual Advanced
Education Conference in partnership with the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program and the dedication of WSU Extension Master Gardener volunteers. This educational event is just one way we strive to ensure that when you reach out to your local Extension Master Gardeners, you are assured of getting innovative, unbiased, scientifically supported advice. The Conference is also open to the public.

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