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Jayeeta Chowdhury-Woodstrup
Program Coordinator
University of Illinois Extension
1350 West Prairie Drive
Sycamore, IL 60178-3166
Phone: 815-758-8194
FAX: 815-758-8199

DeKalb County Master Gardeners

DeKalb County Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Program

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.

The objectives of the Master Gardener program are to:

  • Expand the capacity of the University of Illinois Extension Service to distribute horticultural information to individuals and groups in local communities
  • Develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture. These programs are educational in nature and may involve environmental improvements, horticultural therapy projects, community and school gardening projects, or other programs determined by local need.
  • Develop the leadership potential of Master Gardener volunteers through a volunteer administrative network designed to assist Extension staff in managing local Master Gardener activities and programs.

Master Gardener Horticulture Help Desk

Volunteer Master Gardeners are available to answer your gardening questions at the Extension office. Call 815-758-8194 or email

April 17-30  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Monday, Wednesday, Friday

May 1 - September 30  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

October 1 - October 13  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Monday, Wednesday, Friday

mid-October - mid-April On call –  Please call 815-758-8194 and a Master Gardener will return your call.

Master Gardener Training 

Master Gardeners are members of the local community who are interested in gardening and the environment.  They participate in an extensive training program and commit to completing a certain number of volunteer hours on horticulture-related community projects each year.  They are organized by their local Extension unit.

The cost for the Master Gardener training is $175 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook.  

Topics for Training may include

  • Botany
  • Soils and Organics, and Fertilizers
  • Vegetables
  • Plant Pathology
  • Fruits and Propagation
  • Insects
  • Woody Landscape Plants
  • Ornamental Grasses and Landscape Design
  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management)
  • Turf
  • Annuals and Perennials
  • Wildlife

All classes begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 3:30 p.m.

Attendance is mandatory - makeup classes are your responsibility. 

For further questions, please contact the DeKalb County Extension office at 815-758-8194.