In-depth horticulture training for Missourians who wish to spread their knowledge of gardening.
Become a Master Gardener
The Master Gardener program is a volunteer program of the University of Missouri Extension that requires training. Core training is the first step to become a Master Gardener. In addition to completing the Core Training, there is a commitment to volunteer 20 hours in the demonstration gardens, which are on-site at the extension center, and 10 hours on other projects.
You can begin volunteering after Class 1 of the training, which is an orientation. When you complete your 30-hour volunteer commitment, you will be recognized as a Master Gardener with a certificate and Master Gardener name badge. You have one year from the completion of training to complete your initial volunteer commitment. In each subsequent year, you must give 20 volunteer hours and six continuing education hours to maintain your status as a Master Gardener. A variety of opportunities is offered to complete the requirements each year.
Core Training occurs annually and meets weekly for 16 weeks. It is important for you to attend all of the classes. The training and volunteer requirement is a substantial time commitment, both in and out of class. Please be sure this volunteer activity fits your schedule. If in doubt, you can always apply in future years.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Submitting soil samples to your local University of Missouri Extension center is easy, says Manjula Nathan, director of the MU Soil and Plant Testing Laboratory.Now is the best time of the year to submit samples to the accredited ...
- Published: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The summer they were married, Dan and Earlene Britton received a cutting from a Christmas cactus belonging to Earlene’s grandmother Naomi Ingrum. Thirty-six years later, the Brittons and the cactus continue to do well in spite of ...
- Published: Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The term “winterize” is associated more with automobiles than garden plants, but just as motorists want their cars to withstand the rigors of winter, gardeners can take steps to help their fragile plants do the same.Most of our ...