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Brittnay Haag
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
bhaag@illinois.edu

Kelly Allsup
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
1615 Commerce Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704
Phone: 309-663-8306
FAX: 309-663-8270
kallsup@illinois.edu

Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Master Gardeners

Livingston, McLean, and Woodford Master Gardeners

 

Master Gardener Volunteer & Continuing Education Hours Reporting Site

 

Who We Are

If you enjoy gardening and want 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.

Master Gardeners share unbiased, research-based horticultural information with home landscapers and gardeners. Another important function of the organization is to encourage young people to enjoy the pleasures of flower and vegetable growing through the Junior Master Gardener program.

How To Become A Master Gardener

Applicants are recruited and informally interviewed. Once accepted, attendance at all Master Gardener training classes is required to complete the training. Weekly take-home tests are given along with a comprehensive final examination.

Training

Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of classroom instruction on basic botany, vegetables, soils, herbs, wildlife control, insects, turf grass, flowers, diseases, woody ornamentals, fruits, and pesticide safety. Comprehensive manuals and resource bulletins are utilized during these classes. All classes are taught by U of I Extension educators and campus specialists.

MASTER GARDENER TRAINING WINTER 2019

The Master Gardener Training program will be offered in McLean County in February 2019. Face to face classes will be held on every Wednesday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 14 weeks in Bloomington.

Master Gardeners are asked to cover the cost of training materials; $200 for classroom training.This includes a comprehensive course manual on gardening in Illinois.

To place your name on a waiting list to be contacted if space is available in the training, please contact Brittnay Haag, horticulture program coordinator at (309) 663-8306 or bhaag@illinois.edu

Class size is limited. Each applicant will have an informal interview and background screening.

Volunteering

Following the training sessions, Master Gardener interns are required to complete a 60-hour internship through approved volunteer services which include preparing and staffing exhibits or displays, giving demonstrations or talks to local groups, answering home gardening questions in the Extension office, serving on a Master Gardener committee, providing service in an approved project and much more.

Certified Active Master Gardener

To maintain certified University of Illinois Master Gardener status requires a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of education annually and is valid for one year.

Questions? Please contact Brittnay Haag at (309) 663-8306 or bhaag@illinois.edu