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 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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Learn To Save Seeds: South Sound Seed Coalition Training Sessions


The South Sound Seed Coalition will sponsor 4 quarterly, Saturday training sessions on February 7, April 18, July 11, and October 17. The training sessions will be held at the Eastside Urban Farm & Garden Center, located at 2326 4th

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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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Seasonal Garden Transformations: July 25th Garden Tour


Saturday, July 25th – Summer Splendor – 5pm – 8pm. RSVP by July 20th. Summer drought is in full force, but with a little care, the fuchsia, dahlia, hydrangea, late daylilies, oriental lilies, etc. are the ongoing treats of the

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Drought More Common in Washington State than You Might Think.


From 1918 to 1940 with the exception of two years, Washington experienced below average precipitation. During the 20th Century, a dry year occurred at least once within any ten year period. Some were severe enough to be considered drought periods.
Due to changing ocean surface temperatures and long recurring cycles in North Pacific weather conditions, Washington periodically receives less than average rainfall.

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Fred Meyer Rewards Program Gaining Momentum

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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