Master Gardeners

A Volunteer Training Program for Gardening Enthusiasts

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 volunteers have a sincere desire to learn and share home horticulture information, have practical experience or knowledge of gardening, and want to positively impact the community.


Does each county have its own Master Gardener program?

Yes. Within our five county unit, there are active Master Gardener groups in each of our counties. These county-level groups meet on a regular basis to plan projects and exchange ideas.

The Coles County group is the largest. They meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month to plan events and tours, learn new techniques, share cuttings and have fun. Master Gardeners from Cumberland, Moultrie-Douglas and Shelby Counties are welcome to attend these meetings, as well. Call 217/345-7034 to find out how you can get involved.