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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.  

This online, self-guided course for Illinois residents can be completed any time of day or night. Set aside about 4 hours per week for videos, reading manual and completing quizzes and the training will be completed in 14 weeks. Each module consists of several videos and an online quiz.

A strong internet connection is recommended for the self-paced online course. 


If you are in DeWitt or Piatt County, please contact Beth at 217-762-2191 or with any questions. 

If you are in Macon County, please contact Julia at 217-877-6042 or with any questions. 


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


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact the event coordinator Beth at or Julia at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your needs, when possible.