Master Gardener Training

Take your love of gardening to the next level - Become an Illinois Master Gardener!

Upcoming trainings include:

2024 Fall Master Gardener Hybrid Training | Sept 10 - Dec 3| Tuesdays 9 - 10:30 am live webinars | plus 4 hours of independent study weekly
Attend live Zoom sessions led by University of Illinois horticulture educators one morning per week. Meet with classmates at several in-person sessions at the IL Extension office in Milan, IL Oct 1, 22 and Dec 3. Learn more at:

Master Naturalist Hybrid Training | Dates TBD | One Morning Per Week
Attend live Zoom sessions by University of Illinois natural resource educators one morning per week.Meet with classmates at several in-person sessions at the IL Extension office in Milan, IL. Learn more at:

Learn more about the Master Gardener program here

What will you do as a Master Gardener?

After successfully competing your training, you will have the opportunity to participate as a Master Gardener volunteer helping us extend horticulture education and environmental stewardship in your community. Volunteer opportunities may include presenting to clubs or civic groups about gardening and other horticulture topics; developing demonstration gardens (pollinator, perennial, vegetable, rain, etc.) that serve as educational tools; educating citizens on how to establish community gardens; providing horticulture resource information at community events; answering gardening questions via our horticulture hotline; offering seasonal horticulture lessons to youth at schools or clubs, and other opportunities that interest you.

Master Gardeners also get together on a monthly basis for meetings, continuing education, and fellowship.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact Tracy Jo Mulliken. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting participant needs.