Information on the 2019 Master Gardener Training Classes

The University of Missouri Master Gardener program is a great way to learn gardening and other horticultural topics in depth. After the classes, Master Gardeners meet monthly to learn more about gardening.  They also serve the community through volunteer projects.

To become a Master Gardener, you don’t have to be an expert.  All that is required is an interest in gardening, and a desire to serve your community using your gardening skills. 

Before someone is certified as a Master Gardener, they must undergo extensive training for 10-12 sessions.  After an introductory class, Master Gardeners are taught about all aspects of gardening.  These three hour classes cover topics including plant growth, soils, diseases, insects, fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees, and many others.

After they graduate, Master Gardeners are required to fulfill 30 hours of service to the community.  That’s really not too difficult.  Every month, Master Gardeners meet as a group, and come up with volunteer projects to work on.

Volunteer service can include many types of projects.  Many groups focus on beautification projects in their communities.  Some teach gardening knowledge through speaking or writing.  Youth gardening projects, and working with the elderly are good projects as well.  There are many other projects that are possible, and as long as it’s some type of community service, only your imagination is the limit.

Master Gardeners include adults of all ages and come from a wide variety of backgrounds.  Some have extensive knowledge, and others come ready to learn.  But they all have two traits in common: a love of gardening and a desire to help others.

The Northwest Missouri Region of University of Missouri Extension covers an area of twenty counties.  The interest is great for Master Gardener training in many communities.   In order to provide training for residents of this large area we occasionally use ITV (interactive television) and web conferencing technology. The program is presented live with the presenter at one location and other sites receiving the presenter over the ITV or web conferencing system.

For 2019, we will be developing classes for St. Joseph. There has been interested expressed for classes for Albany and Plattsburg as well.  If you are interested in any of these locations, please contact Tim Baker at 660-663-3232. We will consider other locations in the Northwest Extension Region as well, if there is sufficient interest.

The training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Classes will begin April 9th in Albany, March 26th in Plattsburg, and on April 4th in St. Joseph. Starting time is 6 pm with each session wrapping up by 9 pm. Classes are expected to run through the middle of June.

Below, you will find an application form for the training.  The class will cost $110.00 per person or $195.00 per couple. Download the form (pdf), fill out the application, and return it to the Buchanan County Extension office by Monday, March 25th.  If you have applied in the past and the program was not held just simply send the payment and update any information that may have changed and write on the form “information on file”. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to give us a call or email. Again, thank-you for your interest in the Missouri Master Gardener program and we look forward to receiving your application. 

Tom Fowler and Tim Baker

Download Application Form