Serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties

University of Illinois Extension serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island, and Stark Counties is now accepting applications to participate in the Online Master Gardener Training Program which will start on September 23, 2020. (Registration will close on August 31)

This online, self-guided course is taught by Illinois Extension horticulture educators and includes 13 modules which consists of an introduction and 12 subject-areas. Module topics include: Botany; Soils and Fertilizers; Plant Diseases; Entomology; Integrated Pest Management; Annuals and Perennials; Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines; Lawns; Small and Tree Fruits; Vegetables; Composting/Organic Gardening; and Living with Wildlife.

It can be completed any time of day or night. Each module consists of several videos and an online quiz; therefore, a strong internet connection is highly recommended. It is recommended that participants set aside about 4 hours per week for videos, reading manual and completing quizzes and the training for the 14 weeks.

Registration for the summer online training course now through August 31 at: The cost is $300 which includes the online classes, quizzes, text book and other resources. Complete an interest form online. You will then be contacted for an interview, and complete a volunteer background screening process to be accepted into the course.  

Visit our Illinois Master Gardener Program page for more information