Master Gardeners

If you enjoy gardening and like to learn to share your gardening knowledge, the Master Gardener program may be for you. All you need is an interest in gardening, an open mind, and a willingness to share your knowledge with others. The task to the Master Gardeners is to share unbiased, reliable, research-based information with home landscapers and gardeners. Another important function is to encourage young people to enjoy the pleasures of flower and vegetable growing.


Master Gardener training program offered in a hybrid schedule for 2022

From farms and small-town to suburbs and the inner city, more than 2,600 volunteers statewide put their mission of “helping others learn to grow” into practice by providing gardening education and outreach in their communities. Take your love of gardening to the next level by joining the Master Gardeners in 2022.

Hybrid Master Gardener Training with live sessions starts February 15. Participants will study online each week and then attend a weekly live webinar session on Tuesday mornings for 12 weeks.

The training includes videos, a Master Gardener manual, reading materials, and quizzes. Participants will join online or in-person on Tuesdays depending on local regulations. A strong internet connection is highly recommended.

This course is aimed at exposing participants to in-depth horticulture content through modules including soils and fertilizers, plant diseases, entomology, pest management organic gardening and more. For more information or to fill out an application form, contact your local Illinois Extension Office, or REGISTER HERE. Registration closes February 4. Local fees apply.

After receiving training, volunteers participate in education programs in their communities. Those opportunities may include speaking at garden clubs, civic groups, or schools; answering calls or emails at garden help desks; establishing demonstration gardens that serve as educational tools; and educating citizens on how to establish community gardens.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Candice Hart. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting participant needs.

These resources will help you learn more about the requirements of earning and maintaining your Master Gardener credential.

There are many places you can find information about gardening tips, trends, and techniques. These resources are a few topics of interest to our local gardeners.