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Tracy Jo Mulliken
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Martha A. Smith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Master Gardeners Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark

Master Gardeners Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark

Who Are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received over 60 hours of training from Extension Educators and State Specialists from the University of Illinois. Training covers the following home horticulture topics:

  • Landscaping
  • Botany
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Herbs
  • Wildlife
  • Woody Ornamentals
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Turfgrass
  • Vegetables
  • Houseplants

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Master Gardeners have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by participating in educational programs designed specifically for them provided by University of Illinois specialists and educators. In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties volunteer their time to help homeowners and gardeners as well as their community.

How Can Local Citizens Become Master Gardeners?

If interested, contact the Master Gardener Program Coordinator at (309) 756-9978. You can also check the state Master Gardener web site for more specific information, the application process, requirements and future training dates.

  • 2016 Master Gardener Training Scholarship
    University of Illinois Extension has one scholarship available for the upcoming Rock Island County Master Gardener training. It is funded by the Rock Island County Extension & 4-H Education Foundation. The winner will be announced 12/15/2015. Applicants can submit this form or mail a hard copy no later than 12/1/2015 to the office University of Illinois Extension - Rock Island County, 321-W 2nd Ave Milan IL 61264 Attn: Master Gardener Scholarship. This year's face-to-face training will take place on Fridays, January 29 through April 22, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Rock Island County Extension, 321 W 2nd Ave., Milan, IL.

  • A Harvest of Horticulture: Fall Gardening Workshops PDF
    Learn from local experts about timely topics in horticulture at these morning workshops!

  • University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners (state page)