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  • Free soil, toy screening at Master Gardener Plant Sale

    Tessa Halloran, Mason County Master Gardeners|May 2, 2024

    Did you know that harmful metals such as lead and arsenic could be in your garden, yard or play- area soils? As we transition from spring to summer, the increase in hot, dry and windy weather can increase your risk of exposure to those contaminants. The Mason County WSU Master Gardener Program is excited to join with staff from the state Department of Health to offer free soil and toy screening for lead and arsenic at our upcoming Master Gardener Foundation of Mason County Plant Sale from 9...


    Tessa Halloran|Jun 15, 2023

    Mason County is the largest producer of shellfish in Washington and is home to more than 700 miles of shoreline, nearly 100 freshwater lakes, and two major rivers among many other smaller creeks and tributaries. Preservation of the county's natural resources is incredibly important for our local economy and for the health of all our residents, including our local flora and fauna. Our septic systems naturally recycle wastewater by allowing it to safely return to groundwater and re-enter the...

  • Catalyst Park community garden beds

    Tessa Halloran|Mar 16, 2023

    WSU Mason County Master Gardeners are starting the 2023 season at their Catalyst Park garden, at the corner of 8th Street and Harvard Avenue in Shelton. This multipurpose space serves as a demonstration garden and houses a community garden, a greenhouse and a food bank garden that donates 2,000 to 3,000 pounds of produce to The Saints’ Pantry Food Bank every year. This past winter, Master Gardeners worked hard to improve the community garden beds. The area now showcases a variety of r...