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Contact Us

Beth Allhands
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
210 South Market Street
Monticello, IL 61856
Phone: 217-762-2191
FAX: 217-762-2703

Brittani Garner
Program Coordinator, 4-H & Youth Development
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Who We Are

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received over 60 hours of training from Extension Educators and State Specialists from the University of Illinois.  They receive training in order to share unbiased, reliable, research-based information with home landscapers and gardeners. Another important function is to encourage young people to enjoy the pleasures of flower and vegetable growing.

The Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer program sanctioned by the land grant institution in each state and functions as an extension of the college or university. In Illinois, the program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

To maintain the Master Gardener name, volunteers must remain active in the program by submitting minimum annual volunteer and continuing education hours for approved events and projects.

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Master Gardeners have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base by participating in educational programs provided by the University of Illinois specialists and educators as well as onsite visits to local nurseries, gardens, plant and flower exhibitions, etc. In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners volunteer their time to help homeowners and gardeners.

Macon County Master Gardener Photo Board

Piatt County Master Gardener Photo Board

How Can A Master Gardener Help Local Residents?

  • If you have questions about growing fruits or vegetables.
  • If you need questions answered about trees, shrubs or perennials.
  • If you need information about lawn care.
  • If the insects have invaded your flower garden.
  • If you are program chairman for a civic organization and need a speaker. Check out our Speakers Bureau page for more information on topics and requesting a speaker. 

A Master Gardener Can Help!

How Do I Become A Master Gardener?

If you enjoy gardening and like to learn to share your gardening knowledge, the Master Gardener program may be for you. All you need is an interest in gardening, an open mind, and a willingness to share your knowledge with others. Click the Master Gardener Training tab to learn more!

How Can Master Gardeners Be Contacted?

Help with your horticultural questions is available.  If possible, bring samples or photos to help with identification and disease problems. The availability of the Master Gardeners varies by county. Find us on Facebook at

Macon County
A Master Gardener is in the office April – October on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday to answer your questions. Other times, referrals will be made to Master Gardeners. Call the Extension office at (217) 877-6872, or stop by 3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd, Decatur.  

Piatt County
A Master Gardener is in the office April – October on Monday from 9 a.m. until noon or Thursdays from 3 - 6 p.m. at the Monticello Farmer's Market to answer your questions. Other times, referrals will be made to Master Gardeners. Call the Extension office at (217) 762-2191, or stop by 210 S. Market Street, Monticello.

DeWitt County
Currently there are not set help desk hours. You can contact the DeWitt County office at (217) 935-5764 or stop by 8425 Katie Road, Clinton and your question will be directed accordingly.