Submitted by WSU San Juan County Master Gardeners
Congratulations to the 28 community members who completed 60 hours of classroom and online training to become interns. Class topics included vegetable and fruit gardening, use of native plants, forestry, ornamentals and landscape gardening, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and integrated pest management and soils. As interns, volunteers contribute 50 hours of service to the community in many gardening and horticulture-related activities.
After a year of internship, they become certified Washington State University Master Gardeners.
Welcome to the following new interns:
From Orcas Island: Emmett Woods; Karen Meng; Lene Symes; Michael Boero; Robert Love; and Valerie Woodruff.
From San Juan Island: Beth Larson; Cammille Layton; Carol Kibble; Cathy Larson; Cristin Felso; Debbie Warren; Diana Warner; Dianne Moeller; Elaine Frazel; Hillary Eggers; John Lueders; Karen Breedlove; Kat Rose; Linda Dunaway; Lindsey Holloway; Liz Smith; Nancy Campisano; Nancy Detterbeck; Sandra Wilson; Shannon Kelley; Steven Larson; and Teresa Smith.
These interns join the 65-plus current San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners, who serve their communities through horticultural education and outreach. Master Gardeners are involved in the following:
• The weekly farmers markets on San Juan and Orcas, and at information booths at Driftwood Nursery on Orcas and Sunset Builders on Lopez. Ask gardening questions and receive answers and resource materials.
• The Friday Harbor Demonstration Garden where food is grown for the food bank.
• Piloting the new Grow Your Own program, which helps families grow their own food.
• Working at the Friday Harbor and Orcas school gardens, teaching children about native plants, mason bees and pollinators and bringing science to life through hands-on gardening activities.
• Establishing and maintaining a heritage apple demonstration orchard on Lopez.
• Participating in diagnostic clinics twice a month, once on Orcas and once on San Juan. Plant concerns with recommendations and insect IDs are provided. Drop your samples off at the WSU Extension office at 221 Weber Way, Suite LL, Friday Harbor or with a Master Gardener at the farmers market at Driftwood Nursery (Orcas) or Sunset Builders (Lopez).
• The annual Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale. Choose from hundreds of unique varieties of vegetable starts and landscape perennials. Saturday, May 11, at the Mullis Center, 9–11 a.m.
• The San Juan County Fair.
• The Annual Gardening Workshop, Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Friday Harbor Middle School.
• Next spring, the Native Plant Workshop and the Native Plant Sale.
Plant diagnostic problems or plant and insect ID forms may be found at http://extension.wsu.edu/sanjuan/master-gardeners/.
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The WSU Master Gardener Program is a nationally recognized program that trains volunteers to serve their communities through horticultural education and outreach. Once volunteers receive training, they provide research-based, educational information to the public on vegetable and fruit gardening, native plants, ornamentals and landscape maintenance, composting, plant problem diagnosis, pest control and many other concerns. For more information about San Juan County WSU Master Gardeners, visit the website or call 360-378-4414.