Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
11855 Archer Avenue
Lemont, IL 60439
The mission of the Illinois Master Gardener Program is: "Helping Others Learn to Grow". Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life, and enhancing the economy and environment through horticultural education, applied research and the resources of the University of Illinois.
Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. They come from all aspects of life. You can become a Master Gardener if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening and landscape management (you need not be an 'expert'); are willing to learn about horticulture and share that researched-based information with others; are accepted into a local Master Gardener training program; and can volunteer at least 60 hours conducting horticultural educational programming coordinated through the local University of Illinois Extension Unit.
Education is what we're all about. With no products or services to sell, Master Gardeners can provide unbiased, research-based information from the University of Illinois to the public.
Master Gardeners provide information about:
After receiving the core horticultral training, Master Gardener trainees are required to engage in 60 hours of volunteer work to complete their internship and graduate to become a certified Master Gardener. After graduating and becoming certified, a Master Gardener must continue to provide 30 hours of volunteer work to remain an active, certified Master Gardener. That volunteer work typically falls under one of these approved categories:
Topics in Master Gardener Core Training:
Woody Plants (Trees, Shrubs)
Herbaceous flowers & Roses
Plant Pathology (Diseases)
Integrated Pest Management and Pesticide Safety
Pest Guide Training.
Next Master Gardener Training (Online and In-Person Training): January 2012; Application will be posted here in August 2011.
Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016; Phone (847) 298-3502 (Available April 1-September 30, Weekdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Saturdays 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
Due to reduction of calls that come into the Master Gardener desk during the winter months (October 1 - March 31), Master Gardeners are available to answer calls on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
For more information about the North Suburban Cook Master Gardener Program, contact us at: University of Illinois Extension North Suburban Cook Office, Third District Court Building, 2121 W. Euclid Avenue, Suite 251, Rolling Meadows, IL 60008; phone (847) 818-2901