If you enjoy gardening and like to learn and share your gardening knowledge, the Extension Master Gardener program may be for you. All you need is an interest in gardening, an open mind, and a willingness to share knowledge with others.

The task of the Extension Master Gardener is to share unbiased, reliable, research-based information with home landscapers, students and gardeners. Another important function is to encourage young people to enjoy the pleasures and benefits of flower and vegetable growing.

The Extension Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization sanctioned by the land grant institution in each state and functions as an extension of the college or university. In Illinois, the program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

The Extension Master Gardener program started in Lake County over 25 years ago. Currently, more than 100 Extension Master Gardener volunteers share their expertise throughout our county. To maintain the Extension Master Gardener title, volunteers must remain active in the program.

The Extension Master Gardener program offers volunteer opportunities to educate the public in the following areas:

  • "Ask A Master Gardener” horticulture help line via phone and in-person in our office
  • Demonstration gardens (vegetable, ornamental, rain garden)
  • Community gardens
  • School gardens
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Therapeutic horticulture
  • Community education, programs and events
  • Working with youth through 4-H
  • Project leadership
  • Program support