Get to Know Us

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The Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County’s (MGFTC) mission is to support an environmentally healthy community by raising funds for and awareness of the Washington State University (WSU) Master Gardener and Thurston County Master Recycler Composter
Programs.

We help support Thurston County and Washington State University in their efforts to train individuals who can then help the citizens of Thurston County in water-wise gardening, how to grow food, the benefits of low-impact landscaping, diagnosing plant diseases, identifying landscape damaging insects and pests, and innovative ways to recycle and compost. We do this through demonstration gardens, workshops, community booths and Question & Answer Clinics throughout the county.

The Foundation also organizes educational field trips to interesting gardens; nurseries and events; sponsors guest speakers at Foundation meetings; and hosts plant sales.

These are fun filled experiences for you to learn something new with like-minded enthusiasts. These experiences are open to the public, you don’t have to be a Foundation member, Master Gardener/Master Recycler Composter volunteer or even live within the county to attend. Many include an educational component which qualifies as Continuing Education credit for Master Gardeners and Master Recycler Composters. There will be additional Member Perk Tours which will provide the opportunity to tour some choice private gardens. These tours will be offered to Foundation members only. Proceeds from these activities support the Master Gardener Foundation Thurston County educational outreach activities.

Membership is open to anyone who is committed to the foundation’s goals — supporting an environmentally healthy community by raising funds and awareness of the WSU Master Gardener and Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Programs. For a yearly membership fee of $10, you can become a member of the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County. You don’t need to be a Master Gardener or a Master Recycler Composter to be a member!

The Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.