2015 FREE Composting Classes


Join us for these upcoming FREE composting workshops. No pre-registration necessary. September 5th at Closed Loop – 10am, Yard Waste Composting. Closed Loop Park is at 2418 Hogum Bay Rd NE Exd, Olympia, WA. October 10th at DirtWorks-10am,  Yard &

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Containers on a Budget for Drought Conditions

Bergenia drawing

Bergenia  or Geranium Thriller: This container features plants which thrive in our late summer drought conditions through the fall and refurbish the tired, stressed arrangements begun in the spring. General Information about Container Gardening:  Soil must drain well; combine 60%

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Identify the Spider


Anybody out there who can identify the spider decorating this hydrangea? Leave your answer under “Comments.”

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Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge with American Horticultural Society

Bombus melanopygus - aka the "red butt" bumblebee

Is your garden full of pollinators, attracted by many nectar and pollen-producing plants? If so, we want to know about it! Go to http://millionpollinatorgardens.org/ for more information.

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2015 Master Recycler Composter Training


Do you have a passion for recycling, composting, and waste prevention? If so, then apply to become a Thurston County Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteer!

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Register Now for 2015 WSU Master Gardener Conference


The conference will be held September 16-19 at the Hilton Vancouver, WA. Your full conference registration includes your choice of 8 of the 32 scintillating seminars presented by experts in the fields of Food Gardening, Environmental Issues, General Gardening and Volunteer Leadership Skills. Go to the registration website for detailed descriptions of each seminar as well as bios for our list of very qualified speakers.

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Sign up for the Fred Meyer Community Rewards program

A Master Gardener works with two day-camp attendees at Thurston County's Dirt Works demonstration garden.

During the first quarter of 2015, 27 households designated MGFTC and we will be receiving a check for $41.95. Let’s keep going!!!! Link your cards and ask friends and family to link their cards. The more cards that are linked to the MGFTC organization means additional monies received.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Linking you FM Rewards card will NOT make a difference to your personal rewards rebate.

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Join the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County


For a yearly membership fee of $10, you can become a member of our Foundation. You don’t even need to be a master gardener or a master recycler-composter! Join our community and you will meet like-minded people interested in gardening,

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Taming a Giant Shrub


How many times have you bought a nice-sized shrub – rhododendron, ninebark, flowering currant, mock orange – and had it grow into a behemoth towering over neighboring plants, blocking sun, or just getting way too big for its allotted space?

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Rare Plant Guide for your smart phone or tablet


Are you someone who likes native plants? The Washington Natural Heritage Program has developed the Rare Plant Guide for your smart phone or tablet. It is currently available for Apple devices and will soon be available for Android devices. It

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