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Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Master Gardeners – Kane County
How do I become a Master Gardener?
The 2017 training class is now full. The next training session is tentatively scheduled for fall 2019 at the U of I Extension office in St Charles.
Training: The topics covered in the classes include: botany, soils, woody ornamentals, entomology, tree fruits and small fruits, herbaceous ornamentals, and insect and diseases of plants. Quizzes are given after each class and a final exam (all open book) at the end of the training.
Cost: A $300 fee is charged to cover the class, the award winning Master Gardener Manual and supplemental handouts.
Volunteering: In exchange for this excellent opportunity, Master Gardener program of Kane County requires that you donate 60 volunteer hours in support of the program during the growing season. Thirty of these hours are spent answering gardening questions from homeowners at the help desk. An additional 15 hours are required at our Idea Garden. The remaining volunteer hours are spent on approved projects that interest the volunteer.
Registering: If you are interested in becoming a Kane County Master Gardener in 2019 click on the link above. A mandatory informational meeting will be held in June, watch your email for an invitation. All volunteers must fill out an application and be interviewed prior to being accepted into the program. Background screening are required to participate in the program.