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Extension Master Gardener Volunteers

Wake County



1972 - Washington State University Cooperative Extension, to meet a high demand for urban horticulture and gardening advice, trained volunteers and hosted a pilot "Plant Clinic" at the Tacoma Mall in the greater Seattle area.

1973 - The Master Gardener Program was officially established, a curriculum created, and training began in King and Pierce Counties in Washington State. The program spread quickly to other U.S. states and Canadian provinces.

1978 - New Hanover County North Carolina establish a garden hotline staffed by volunteers.

1979 - Wake County North Carolina began training Extension Master Gardener sm volunteers. New Hanover County expanded their Garden Hotline into an Extension Master Gardenersm program.

The program has been growing in North Carolina ever since.

The North Carolina Extension Master Gardener program began in New Hanover County in 1979. The train-the-trainer program cultivates volunteers through hands-on experience in horticulture, leadership, public speaking, community development, and teaching.