The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.
If you enjoy gardening, like to learn and 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.
Our next in-person Master Gardener training session will be in 2021. If you are interested in participating contact us to get added to our list!
Another option for Master Gardener training is the Master Gardener Online Training course. If you are interested in the online training option contact Michelle Berg Vogel or Ken Johnson.
The only thing our Master Gardeners enjoy more than gardening is sharing their love of gardening with others! Come join us for an upcoming event.
Upcoming Master Gardener meetings
Interested in the Master Gardener program? Join us at one of our meetings to learn more about it.
- November 7, 2019, 6 pm, Morgan County Extension office
- February 6, 2020, 6 pm, Morgan County Extension office
- May 7, 2020, 6 pm, Morgan County Extension office
- August 20, 2020, 6 pm, Greene County Extension office
It’s simple – you bring a plant and get to take a plant someone else brings. Also, meet University of Illinois Master Gardeners and learn more about the program. Everyone is welcome to participate.
- Fall Plant Exchange - October 27, 2019, 2 pm, McCully Heritage Project
- Spring Plant Exchange - May 24, 2020, 2 pm, Greene County Extension office
Policies and Forms
These resources will help you learn more about the requirements of earning and maintaining your Master Gardener credential.
Master Gardener application and forms for trainees:
- Master Gardener Application 2019 (pdf)
- Illinois State Police Background Check Form (pdf)
- Illinois CANTS Form (pdf)
- Master Gardener Trainee Agreement (pdf)
Current Master Gardeners: