University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
How To Become A Master Gardener
Master Gardeners receive training from University of Illinois staff in horticulture classes, including fruits, vegetables, landscape plants, insects, herbs and more. Weekly training lasts 11 weeks. Following training, Master Gardener interns agree to volunteer a total of 60 hours, by helping with community horticulture education. To become a Master Gardener, fill out an application and return it to the Extension office.
Cost of the program is $150. This includes the Master Gardener manual and any additional training materials used.
Master Gardeners learn to be effective volunteers. There are many ways you can fulfill your commitment:
Master Gardeners will work with the Extension county director to develop a volunteer plan.
Certified (Active) Master Gardener
To maintain certified University of Illinois Master Gardener status requires a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and ten hours of education annually and is valid for one year.
Applications may be made at any time. If a training session is already underway when an application is received, it will be kept on file for the following year's training. Because there are not enough resources to accommodate everyone who applies for the program, class size is limited. Each applicant is required to go through an informal interview. Applications may be made at any time.
To obtain an application contact the University of Illinois Extension Office, 8425 Katie Rd., Clinton; call 217-935-5764 or check out web.extension.illinois.edu/dmp/mg.