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Margaret Burns Westmeyer
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
mburnswe@illinois.edu

Nancy Kreith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
4747 Lincoln Mall Drive
Suite 601
Matteson, IL 60443
Phone: 708-679-6889
FAX: 708-679-6855
kreith@illinois.edu

Cook South Suburban Master Gardeners

Cook South Suburban Master Gardeners

Volunteer Projects

University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners serve an important role as educators in their communities. Interns are committed to returning 60 hours of volunteer service to become certified. After certification, Master Gardeners who continue with the program serve 30 hours of volunteer time each year to remain Active Certified. Cook County/ South Suburban Unit Master Gardeners and Interns are needed to serve those hours in a variety of ways. It is our intention that you make plans for service that is meaningful to you.

Ask a Master Gardener Office Component

  • Interns: A minimum of 10 hours needs to be spent volunteering in the Master Gardener Office.
  • Certified: A minimum of 10 hours in the University of Illinois Extension office.

Ask a Master Gardener Office experience enables the Master Gardener to:

  • Become more familiar with the vast network of horticultural resources available in the form of fact sheets, books, files, educators and web connections.
  • Gain experience utilizing resources to answer "real world" questions from a diverse public.
  • Be supported by Extension staff and/or Active Certified Master Gardeners so that accuracy stays high and frustration level low.

Your office service enables the University of Illinois Extension to respond to the numerous horticulture questions received from the general public. The Public identifies the University of Illinois Extension as a source of reliable information.

Master Gardeners provide support for schools, park districts, the Forest Preserve district of Cook County, non-profit organizations, and residential facilities with special needs.

In need of MG volunteer assistance?  

In exchange for this challenging educational experience, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer 60 hours, primarily to share their new knowledge and skills with the community.  Master Gardeners are a dedicated group, and many choose to return to volunteer sites year after year to share their knowledge with others. Master Gardeners can provide guidance for school and community gardens, fulfill speaker requests, and answer home gardening questions. To request MG assistance, please contact Margaret Burns-Westmeyer, at mburnswe@illinois.edu  or call (708) 679-6894.