Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received over 60 hours of training from Extension Educators and State Specialists from the University of Illinois. They receive training in order 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.
The Master Gardener program in DeWitt grew by 93 percent from 2016 to 2018 and is still growing. Volunteers work with Extension staff to identify areas they wish to apply their knowledge in their communities from pocket gardens to youth programs.
8425 Katie Road
Clinton, IL 61727
The Macon County Master Gardeners maintain a variety of gardens in the community including at the Decatur Public Library, Rock Springs Nature Center and St. Mary's Hospital adult day services. They also volunteer with community partners such as Crossing Healthcare to help strengthen our community and host educational events such as Gardening Insights and a Garden Walk.
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Piatt County Master Gardeners volunteer to maintain gardens in downtown Monticello, the Monticello area community garden, Allerton Park and at the historic Bryant Cottage. In the summer, you can find them at the Monticello Farmer's Market from 3 to 6 pm answering horticulture questions.
210 S. Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856