University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners are volunteers who put their green thumbs to good use by training with Extension horticulture experts and then sharing their knowledge in the community. Together we are constantly learning and that's what makes it fun!

Training emphasizes practical research-based information and includes virtual lectures, discussions, activities and online videos. Training topics include: Botany, Plant Pathology, Annuals and Perennials, Soils, Insects, Woody Ornamentals, Vegetables, Turf, Fruits, IMP and Living with Wildlife. 

The September 15 class subject is Botany and the guest speaker is Sarah Vogel, horticulture and natural resources educator.  

The fall Master Gardener training will be a live virtual format. You must have internet access to participate.

Live virtual training classes are 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM on Tuesdays, September 15 - December 15. 

The cost is $175 for virtual training, materials, and independent video classes.
Participants may be eligible for fee waivers, please contact us for details.


Once you submit this Master Gardener class registration:

  1. The Master Gardener Program Coordinator will contact you for an informal interview.
  2. Classes and 60 hours of volunteer time are mandatory in order to become a certified active Master Gardener. Volunteer time can be completed within 2 years of taking the course.
  3. To maintain certification in subsequent years, you must complete 10 hours of continuing education and 30 hours of volunteer activities annually.


Please contact Beth at 217-877-6042 or with any questions.