Serving Carroll, Lee and Whiteside Counties

Join Our Local Master Gardeners at Their Annual Gardening Workshop Ready...Set...Grow...

This event is open to anyone who is interested in plants, enjoys gardening, is a teacher or a Master Volunteer, to name a few. We offer a keynote speaker; 12 breakout sessions over a wide variety of topics including Eastern Bluebirds: Little Blue Gem in Your Garden, The Cook’s Garden, Fun with Fermentation, “Are My Trees and Plants in Trouble?” New Invaders Update, and many more; vendors with unique items for purchase; a Master Gardener Q & A Desk; and Continental Breakfast & Buffet Lunch. This year’s keynote address, Apples, Getting to the Core of things!, will be given by Richard Hentschel, University of Illinois Extension, Horticulture Educator.

The fee for this program is $45, and registrations will be accepted until March 16, 2020. For more information or to register for Ready…Set…Grow…, please visit: go.illinois.edu/ReadySetGrowWorkshop

Interested in Becoming a Master Gardener

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.

Who We Are

Master Gardeners share unbiased, research-based horticultural information with home landscapers and gardeners. Another important function of the organization is to encourage young people to enjoy the pleasures of flower and vegetable growing through the Junior Master Gardener program.

How To Become A Master Gardener

Contact your county Extension office or fill out the Master Gardener interest survey. When a training is available applicants go through a screening and interview process. Attendance at all Master Gardener training classes is required to complete the training. Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of classroom instruction on basic botany, vegetables, IPM, Entomology, Turf/Lawn, Annual & Perennials, Woodies & Vines, Soils, Plant Pathology, Fruits and Ornamental grasses. There is a fee for the Master Gardener training class.

Following the training sessions, Master Gardener interns are required to complete a 60-hour internship through approved volunteer services.

Certified Active Master Gardener

To maintain certified University of Illinois Master Gardener status requires a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of education annually and is valid for one year.

Telephone Helpline

The University of Illinois Extension Carroll County Master Gardeners are ready to help you with your home horticulture and gardening questions.  Master Gardeners will be in the office on Thursday's from 2-3 pm from May through September. Stop in or call 815-244-9444 and the Master Gardeners will provide timely, research based answers to homeowner's questions.

Telephone Helpline

The University of Illinois Extension Lee County Master Gardeners are ready to help you with your home horticulture and gardening questions.  Master Gardeners will be taking calls from May through September at 815-857-3525. Master gardeners provide timely, research based answers to homeowner's questions.

Telephone Helpline

The University of Illinois Extension Whiteside County Master Gardeners are ready to help you with your home horticulture and gardening questions.  Master Gardeners will be answering calls from May through September at 815-632-3611. Master gardeners provide timely, research based answers to homeowner's questions.