North Cook County Master Gardeners

Fall 2022 Master Gardener Training - Cook County: If you completed the 2020-2021 interest list before 12-31-2021 and have received your next steps, please refrain from completing the new interest list below. 

If you have not completed the interest list before and would like to receive information about Fall 2022 training, please click the button in the section below. 

To continue being certified active volunteers, MGs are required to volunteer a minimum of 30 hours each year and complete 10 hours of approved continuing education annually. Volunteers work in their communities teaching the public about horticulture topics. Please see the program request forms below to request programming!

Volunteers also run a year-round answer desk where you can ask your gardening questions.

Have a Gardening Question? Email our Master Gardeners!

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Who Are We?

Master Gardeners are a vital link to getting research-based horticultural information to the public through University of Illinois Extension offices. They are volunteers who are passionate about gardening, plants, community, teaching, and the environment. Delivering horticultural education is what they’re all about! Master Gardeners have no products or services to sell, so they can provide unbiased, research-based information from the University of Illinois to the public. They serve youth and adults of all ages and backgrounds through free or low-cost public programming.

Their mission is Helping Others Learn to Grow. Master Gardeners involve people in improving their 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 by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.

The North Suburban Cook County Master Gardener Program serves the suburban Cook County area north of Roosevelt Road.