Master Gardeners

Share your gardening skills with others.

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. Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received over 60 hours of training from Extension Educators and State Specialists from the University of Illinois. 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.

The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer program sanctioned by the land grant institution in each state and functions as an extension of the college or university. In Illinois, the program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

Ask a Master Gardener

Our Help Desk is available Thursday mornings at Christian County Extension. Master Gardeners can help answer questions about flowers, vegetables, ornamentals, trees, insects, and more! Call 217-287-7246 or stop by the office. If possible, bring samples in a container or plastic bag, or take photos to help with identification and disease problems.

See what our Master Gardeners have been up to! Check us out on Facebook for upcoming workshops, recent projects, trips, and tricks to help you in the garden.

Master Gardeners are available each Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Christian County Extension Office to answer your garden-related questions. They can help diagnose diseases and pests, plus offer advice on what plants would work best for you. 

Tune in to our local radio show! Our Master Gardeners visit the radio the second Monday of each month. Tune in to 96.1 FM to listen!

Our Master Gardeners will be available on May 7 and 21, June 4 and 18, July 9 and 23, Aug. 6 and 20, and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Taylorville Farmers Market, located at Taylorville Square at 101 S Main St, to answer your horticulture questions.

1120 N. Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568

Macoupin County Master Gardeners volunteer to maintain gardens in downtown Carlinville and the historical Macoupin County Courthouse. 

#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626

Montgomery County Master Gardeners

#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049

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