Serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties

Master Gardener Training Classes in Vermilion County Danville IL

There are two options for 2021 MG Training in Vermilion County 

  • Online MG Training 
  • Hybrid MG Training 

Online Training vs. Hybrid Training

Online Training will begin in January and is ideal for those who enjoy working at their own pace or need a more flexible option. Students will have about four months to read the manual, watch online webinars, and complete quizzes. Your progress will be tracked electronically. Strong internet service is a must for this option. The class fee is $300 and paperwork must be submitted by January 4, 2021.

Hybrid Training will begin in February. In this flipped classroom-style training, trainees have at least 4 hours of independent study to do prior to the weekly session. During Tuesday sessions, trainees participate in a live presentation presented by Extension Educators. Then trainees discuss case studies and have hands-on activities. Some classes may take place via zoom depending on COVID. Classes start in mid-February and run thru April. Field trips are planned to community gardens and local greenhouses. The Hybrid class fee is $200 and limited to a select number of students. Seats are reserved upon receipt of payment and registration forms which includes a background check.

The class price is based on class choice and a commitment to volunteer 60 hours within 2 years. Partial financial assistance is available for need-based applicants. An extensive manual developed by University of Illinois educators for gardeners in Illinois is included in the class price.

Vermilion County MG Interest Form

Contact Jenney Hanrahan or the Vermilion County Extension Office at 217-442-8615 for more information.


More on the Master Gardener Program in Vermilion County

The Vermilion County Master Gardeners began serving residents in 1994 and have partnerships with Danville Area Community College, the VA Illiana Health Care System, Douglas Discovery Garden, Danville Public Library, and the Vermilion County Conservation District. 

In 2019, about 80 Vermilion County Master Gardeners volunteered over 8,000 hours making their community a better place to live. They volunteer in community gardens and provide educational programs for adults and children.

If you enjoy gardening, learning, and sharing your knowledge with others, then the Master Gardener program may be for you. 

Volunteers make a commitment to complete 60 volunteer hours on approved Master Gardener projects within two years. This period was extended in 2020 due to Covid.

To begin the Master Gardener volunteer application process please fill out the 

Vermilion County MG Interest Form

Mail or email to Jenney Hanrahan

2021 Schedule for Hybrid Classes in Danville Available Soon 

To complete the application process and to maintain certified active Master Gardener status, volunteers must complete:

Active/Certified Master Gardeners

  • Master Gardener Annual Agreement

To Report Volunteer Hours

Vermilion County Master Gardeners hold educational programs on the third Tuesday of each month. With Covid, those programs have shifted to online webinars. 

2021 Schedule Coming Soon!


Garden Walk: Master Gardeners collaborate with local residents allowing the public to view amazing gardens in the community on one special day in June. 

Garden Day Workshop, Saturday, March 13, 2021 An annual event, local gardeners wait for all winter.  Program includes speakers, tote bag filled with garden themed items and coupons and a silent auction.  Attendees are encouraged to register early in February. The silent auction is free and open to the public. 

Atwood House Garden: Located at Kennekuk County Park, Master Gardeners maintain the gardens from spring to fall and help with new plantings of both flowers and vegetables. They participate in the Plant A Row program where they grow vegetables for local food pantries.

Kennekuk Herb Garden: Master Gardeners plant and tend over 100 labeled herbs in raised beds. The Kennekuk Herb Garden received certification from the Illinois Herb Society in 2015. 

Plant Sale: May 2021 at First Presbyterian Church, Danville, Plants include annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs for the garden. Master Gardeners start many of the plants from seed and/or take them from their own gardens.

Radio Program Provides an opportunity for the public to submit questions about gardening practices or concerns during a weekly radio show. It airs on Wednesdays on WDAN, our local radio station, at 5:00 PM. Recorded shows can be found on WDAN Radio.

Horticulture Help Line: Every year the Vermilion County Extension Office receives gardening questions from local residents regarding plants, insects and plant diseases. Master Gardeners research and answer these calls providing reliable information at no cost to residents. 217-442-8615

Speakers Bureau: Master Gardeners deliver horticulture presentations to local community organizations on a wide variety of topics like Container Gardening, Pollinator Pockets, Herb Gardens, Vegetable Gardens, Seed Starting, Annuals and Perennials, Trees and Shrubs etc. Call the Extension Office for more information: 217-442-8615

VA Committee: Master Gardeners volunteer about 2,500 hours a year at the Danville VA. They are active in the VA Greenhouse where they propagate, grow, and maintain plants. They design, plant and maintain a Pollinator Garden on the grounds where visitors, staff and veterans can sit and enjoy hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators zip in and out. They are responsible for maintaining the VA Healing Garden- as peaceful secluded garden available only to veterans residents, as well as monthly Horticulture Therapy programs for veterans in several areas and different ages. 

Danville Public Library Children's Wonder Garden A Children's Garden Club that meets weekly all year. Master Gardeners design, plant and tend a garden with the children as well as offering horticulture programs indoors like growing mushrooms, seed starting and forcing bulbs.

Douglas Discovery Garden Master Gardeners plant and maintain annual, perennial flower, herb and vegetable gardens with the local community. They collaborate with local schools to offer gardening classes in winter months culminating with students planting seedlings in about 20 raised beds in May.  

Monthly Educational Horticulture Programs held at the Danville Public Library -usually the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6pm  (unless indicated otherwise), 319 N. Vermilion St. in Danville. You may pre-register online or at the Extension Office 3164 N. Vermilion. Call 217-442-8615 or email  You may also register at the door except for 'Make and Take' classes where a small fee applies to cover supplies.