Participants in the Missouri Master Gardener program receive basic and advanced horticulture training from university faculty. Basic training sessions take place in the early spring and fall, meeting weekly for eight weeks. Participants agree to give back to the community with volunteer time for gardening projects and educational programs. Certified Master Gardeners are part of a local chapter and maintain their certification through volunteerism and advanced training opportunities.

Southeast Missouri Master Gardener Chapters

Cape Girardeau County Master Gardeners meet at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month at the MU Extension Center in Cape Girardeau County.

Perry County Master Gardeners meet at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month at the MU Extension Center in Perry County.

Ste. Genevieve Master Gardeners meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month in the Patke Room of the MU Extension Center in Ste. Genevieve County.

Master Gardener training

MU Extension holds Master Gardener training in the spring and fall in Cape Girardeau. Specific dates for the classes will be announced in the events module below.

Master Gardener training is taking place in the Jackson area this fall. For more information, see the events module or contact Donna Aufdenberg.

Master gardeners gardening

Get in-depth horticultural training and join the Master Gardeners in “helping others learn to grow.”

Missouri map with a dogwood flower overlaid on it

Missouri Master Gardeners, use this online system to report your volunteer hours.

garden journal on table with gloves

Put your plans, thoughts and results on paper to help ensure successful gardening.