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Contact Us

Candice Hart
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
mille116@illinois.edu

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

Vasthi Schwarz
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
3351 N. President Howard Brown Blvd.
Decatur, IL 62521
Phone: 217-877-6042
FAX: 217-877-4564
vasthis@illinois.edu

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

Master Gardener Training

Training

Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of training on botany, vegetables, lawn care, tree and small fruits, diseases, insects, soils, composting, pesticide safety, fertilizers, pruning, trees and flowers. The sessions are taught by University of Illinois specialists and Extension educators. Training is coordinated by local horticulture Extension staff.

The emphasis of the information is practical, yet research-based.

For those unable to attend the traditional face-to-face training there is an online training option available. 

Cost

Cost of the program is $150 for face-to-face training. This includes the Master Gardener manual and any additional training materials used. In return for the training, Master Gardener trainees give back at least 60 hours of volunteer time to their home counties on approved Extension projects.

Volunteering

Once you have completed your Master Gardener Training, you are asked to complete 60-hours of volunteer time in your home county on approved volunteer projects.  After the 60 hours are completed you are then considered an active Master Gardener.  Volunteer opportunities vary by county. 

Applying

Applications may be submitted at any time.  If a training session is already in progress, then the application will be kept on file for the following year's training.  In addition to the application, each applicant is required to go through an informal interview.  Class size is limited.

You can apply online or download an application below.  Call your local extension office if you would like a paper copy mailed to you.