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The Master Gardener program provides in depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education. Through activities such as extension hotlines or answer services, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.
To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30 hour classroom Core Course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to their community in approved University of Missouri Extension activities. Contact the Jefferson County Extension Office for more information about taking this course, 636-797-5391.
Class of 2019
How can I become a Master Gardener?
If you have the desire, commitment and time to learn and want to put your knowledge and skills to work through volunteer service, then apply for admission to the Master Gardener program. The Master Gardener Classes are held every year in early spring.
Enrollment and training
Like all other MU Cooperative Extension Services, the Master Gardener program is open to all ages, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, marital or family status. If accepted, you will be required to attend a Master Gardener training course taught by University of Missouri Extension specialists, local experts and local colleges. The training program offers a minimum of 36 hours of instruction on soils and plant nutrition; insects, disease, and weed management; plant problem solving; vegetable and organic gardening; annuals; perennials; basic landscape design; and turf management, worm farming, beekeeping, rain gardening and other topics.
What is expected of Master Gardeners?
After completing the course, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer at least 30 hours of service in the community. The volunteer activities are coordinated through the local county extension office.
Master Gardeners share their knowledge and skills in a number of ways: speaking to garden and civic clubs; working with youth or senior groups; and assisting communities with beautification projects.
Many Master Gardeners far exceed the expected 20 hours of service after receiving their Master Gardener certificate. Many continue in the program beyond the first year, motivated by their willingness to help others and the personal satisfaction derived from participating in this community service program
Each student will be distinguished as a "Certified Master Gardener" after completing the training course and fulfilling the 30-hour volunteer commitment.
Long-term membership in the program is encouraged. It is hoped that program participants will choose to volunteer well beyond the number of hours required for certification, continuing to develop new skills, increase their knowledge, exchange ideas and forge new friendships.
The service undertaken by Master Gardeners varies according to community needs, as well as the abilities and interests of the individuals. Some current Master Gardener projects include events, presentation of programs to garden clubs and other groups, basic-gardening lecture series, and plant sale. Volunteers also lend their expertise at various community gardens.
Watch the video below and hear one persons reason for becoming a Master Gardener.
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Event date: Oct. 14, 2023 - Oct. 15, 2023
The Missouri Extension Master Gardener Conference is a 2-day conference with breakout sessions and tours. The breakout sessions include:* Fruit, Vegetables & Edible Gardening* Ornamentals & Landscape * Miscellaneous ...
News & articles
- Published: Monday, April 12, 2021
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – St. Louis area Master Gardeners may be as well known for their community spirit as for the beautiful and bountiful gardens they tend.“It’s safe to say our volunteers have really helped transform the region,” said Holly ...
- Published: Sunday, April 11, 2021
FERGUSON, Mo. – Many dabble in the art of gardening, but Ron Brown takes its meaning to a new level.One of his masterpieces is the accessible garden he has designed for participants in United Cerebral Palsy Heartland’s day programs.Brown, a ...
- Published: Sunday, April 11, 2021
WILDWOOD, Mo. – For Jodi Smedley, being a Master Gardener is about much more than gardening. Through her work with the Wildwood YMCA, Smedley has realized the impact gardening can have on everyday life and the community as a whole.As a Master ...
- Published: Thursday, May 28, 2020
HILLSBORO, Mo. – Master Gardener chapters throughout Missouri are accustomed to donating produce from home and community gardens to those in need. To further assist Missourians fighting food insecurity at this uncertain time, University of Missouri ...
Missouri Master Gardener Online Core Training - Fall 2023
Aug. 13, 2023 - Dec. 30, 2023
The manual for this course, the Missouri Master Gardener Manual can be downloaded for printing. Access the manual. The motto of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” This is accomplished by providing ...
December 2019 Jefferson County Master Gardeners Garden Path Newsletter
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