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Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Master Gardeners – Kendall County
How do I become a Master Gardener?
Master Gardener Training Classes
The next Master Gardener training is tentatively scheduled for fall 2019 at the U of I Extension office in St. Charles.
Instruction: The Master Gardener curriculum is taught by University of Illinois Extension educators. Attendance at all Master Gardener training classes is required.
Training: The topics covered in the classes include: botany, soils, woody ornamentals, basic 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 fee of $300 is charged to cover the class, the award winning Master Gardener Manual, and supplemental handouts. Class participants are required to volunteer 60 hours of time on approved projects.
Volunteering: In exchange for this excellent opportunity, the trainees are required to 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. The remaining volunteer hours are spent on projects that interest the volunteer.
Registering: If you are interested in becoming a Kendall County Master Gardener, click the link above and then watch your email in May for an invitation to the June informational meeting. Volunteers fill out an application and are interviewed prior to being accepted into the program. Background checks are done on all volunteers.