Photo Credit: Kari Monagle
Our Annual Fundraising Events
The Foundation and the Program for the Master Gardeners of Spokane County are two separate but closely related entities. The "Program" for Master Gardeners advises and educates the public about gardening and horticulture, and has a rich history in the state of Washington as one of the first programs in the United States. Over forty years ago Spokane County established their program, as did King and Pierce Counties, to provide accurate, research-based horticultural information to the community. Volunteers in the local WSU Plant Clinic answer questions about a wide variety of horticultural issues, including plant and tree selection, plant problem diagnosis and treatment recommendations, environmentally sound gardening and landscaping practices, pest and weed identification and management, and much more.
In addition to services from the Plant Clinic, the "Program" offers a variety of programs in the community.
The Community Garden Program as administered by Master Gardeners helps interested community members learn to grow their own food. Gardens have been established in many neighborhoods. In fact, nearly 45,0000 pounds of fresh produce were donated to food banks from gardens with MG leadership.
The Adaptive Gardening Program addresses another community concern by providing information and demonstrations on ways to alter gardening practices for those with physical limitations.
The Youth Program is active in many school and after school programs teaching children about growing their food and environmental stewardship. Last year over 80 Master Gardener events targeted school-age children.
Master Gardeners are in high demand as community educators and nearly 300 educational programs were offered to the public last year. Sometimes topics focus on how to grow tomatoes or native plants while on other occasions the community is educated about sustainability issues.
Last year, approximately 130 Master Gardener volunteers contributed over 10,000 volunteer service hours in Spokane County, reaching 250,000 citizens. Their contribution to the community is far-reaching.and valuable.
This is why we fundraise. The "Foundation" provides necessary financial support to this "Program" to make sure its services continue.
MISSION STATEMENT: The Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County enhances the efforts of the Master Gardener Program and the community through fundraising, public awareness and educational activities.