Master Gardener Training

black and white photo with cabbage, flower, and volunteers

Grow with us! Become a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener!

The mission of the Illinois Master Gardener program is “Helping Others Learn to Grow.” To become a Master Gardener all you need is an interest in gardening, time to volunteer in the community, and a desire to share your knowledge with others.

Master Gardener training, taught by University of Illinois Extension educators and specialists, emphasizes practical, research-based information.Training topics include: botany, annuals and perennials, soils, insects, woody ornamentals, vegetables, fruits, turf, integrated pest management, and wildlife. After the training program, Master Gardeners volunteer their time and expertise by sharing their horticulture skills with the community through garden projects, educational outreach and helping others learn to grow.


2022 Master Gardener Training Registration 


DeWitt, Macon & Piatt are Offering Five Training Options in 2022!

  • Self-Paced Online Training
    • Winter 2022 | Register by Jan 10
    • Summer 2022 | Register by May 23
    • Fall 2022 | Register by Sept 12
  • Hybrid Training
    • Tuesdays | 9 AM - Noon | Feb 15 - April 26
    • Register by Feb 8
  • In-Person Training
    • Wednesdays | 5:30 - 8:30 PM | Sept 14 - Dec 14
    • Register by Sept 5

Self-Paced Online Training | $300

Hybrid Training | $175

In-Person Training | $175

This includes the Master Gardener manual and additional training materials.

Participants may be eligible for fee waivers, please contact us for details.

Upon successful completion of training, volunteers log 60 hours as an intern to become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer. To remain certified, active Master Gardener Volunteers complete 10 hours of continuing education and volunteer 30 hours in approved projects yearly. Volunteer opportunities vary by county.