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Our Mission

The Island County Master Gardener Foundation exists to support the Master Gardener program of Island County.


The funds we raise make it possible for Master Gardeners to carry out their educational mission in the community.


  • Join us at upcoming events and classes

  • Explore the many resources for gardening in our area

  • Read about the community projects that Master Gardeners work on and support

  • Contribute to our fund-raising by donating directly to the Foundation, or attending our main events

Whidbey Gardening Workshop
Master Gardener Plant Sale
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Gardening Resources
Congratulations to C-J Nielsen, Statewide Master Gardener of the Year!

C-J Nielsen has been chosen as the 2021 Washington State Master Gardener of the Year award by the Master Gardener Foundation of Washington State. This prestigious award recognizes leadership at the county and state levels, and broad and lasting impact.

C-J became a Master Gardener in King County in 2006 and has been an Island County Master Gardener since 2014. She has served as President of the Island County Master Gardener Foundation and chair of our Whidbey Gardening Workshop, leading it to great success.

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Congratulations on your achievement, C-J, and our deepest thanks for all you have given to our community!

Master Gardener Calendar for 2022


As part of our community education outreach, a team of Island County Master Gardeners has researched and produced a Gardening Calendar for 2022. It features stunning photos and gardening tips along with a brief list of suggested tasks for each month.

More in-depth info on featured topics is accessible through a QR code that links to a monthly page with links to WSU Extension science-based fact sheets on timely horticultural topics.


Order your Master Gardener calendar at


Give them as gifts this holiday season!


The calendar team of Island County Master Gardeners: Amy Bullis, Mellissa Evans, Sue Gibson, Line Goulet, Scott Hagues, Katie Reid Levine, Catherine Lofton-Day, Deb Mitchell, Barb Mosher, Jim Peskuric, Elizabeth Post, Gretchen Schlomann, Rich Yukubousky, and Ilze Zigurs.

News and Events
Organic Home Garden

Read the latest "Make a Difference" column in the Whidbey Weekly. Island County Master Gardeners have partnered with the Whidbey Island Conservation District and other non-profit organizations to bring you the latest ideas on making a difference for our environment.

Click Read More for details on all events.


Your donation to the Foundation supports the work of the Master Gardeners in your community

Become a Master Gardener!

We love our volunteer work as Master Gardeners in the Island County community! Join us and become a Master Gardener yourself.


The Washington State University Extension program for Island County provides certified training. You don’t have to be an expert gardener to join. Visit the Extension website for details on how to become a certified Master Gardener.

Explore the Resources

Gardening resources and tips are everywhere these days. How do you decide what is relevant, useful, and effective for your garden?

Check our Resources pages for the latest links to science-based guides: