Winter Master Gardener Training Options: Hybrid & Online

Winter 2023 Hybrid Master Gardener Training
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Take your love of gardening to the next level by becoming a Master Gardener!

Our Illinois Extension unit serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties will be offering a Hybrid Master Gardener training from February 7 - April 18, 2023.

How Hybrid Training Works:

On Tuesday mornings you will participate in a live webinar presented on Zoom by an Illinois Extension horticulture educator from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Then, from 10:45 a.m. - Noon you will breakout into a smaller group within the unit to discuss case studies and do hands-on activities. Some of the Tuesdays sessions will be take place at our Rock Island County Extension office in Milan, IL to give you the opportunity to engage with your fellow trainees, staff, and meet other Master Gardener volunteers.

You will also have at least 4 hours of independent study to do prior to each weekly session utilizing links to videos, readings in the textbook, and watching recorded horticulture lessons.

The cost for the training is $225 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook, links to videos and hands-on activity supplies.

Fill out a Master Gardener Trainee interest registration by January 24 @ Winter Master Gardener Training
For more information contact Tracy Jo Mulliken.

Give the gift of education for the gardener in your life!

Do you know someone who wants to be a Master Gardener?

Someone who has everything and LOVES to garden?

Give the gift of educational training to become a Master Gardener!

They can take our Winter Hybrid Master Gardener Training, February 7 - April 18, 2023.

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Online Master Gardener Training

University of Illinois Extension also offers an online Master Gardener Training each season. The self-guided course is available to take from the comfort of your home at your own pace.

  • Registration for the Winter 2023 session will open in December.

What will you learn? Classes are taught by University of Illinois specialists and Extension educators. Topics include botany, soils, vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees and shrubs, grasses, landscaping, insects, and diseases.

Cost: The cost for the online training program is $300.

Send an email inquiry to Tracy Jo Mulliken to receive a link to registration for the Winter online training when it opens.

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.