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Ryan Pankau
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
801 North Country Fair Drive
Suite D
Champaign, IL 61821
Phone: 217-333-7672
FAX: 217-333-7683

Jenney Hanrahan
Program Coordinator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
3164 North Vermilion
Danville, IL 61832
Phone: 217-442-8615
FAX: 217-442-8628

Vermilion County Master Gardeners

Vermilion County Master Gardeners

How to Become a Master Gardener?

How to Become a Master Gardener?

You can become a Master Gardener volunteer if you enjoy gardening, learning, and sharing your knowledge with others. 

Class are held once a week for 10 weeks usually Monday's 9am-4pm in the Vermilion County Extension office in Danville IL across from the Village Mall. Some classes will be held in the Champaign Extension Office. An option to watch a recorded class is available if you do not wish to travel to Champaign.

Classes cover a wide area of topics-one topic each week with a different educator. Soils, Plant Diseases, Lawns, Perennials, Annuals. Vegetables, Fruits, Organic Gardening, Insect Pest Management-IPM, and more will be covered.

The Master Gardener manual was developed for gardeners in the State of IL by University of IL educators and is an excellent resource for any gardener in Illinois. 

Classes in the Danville office are limited to 15 students.

You will meet people who have been gardening their whole lives and others who are beginners. The classes are geared for all skill levels.

Accepted applicants agree to attend all training classes and give 60 hours of volunteer service in the two years following training. Subsequent years require a minimum of 30 volunteer hours to remain an active Master Gardener.

Interested in joining? We are now accepting applications for 2018 training. Follow this link to apply online.

For the 2018 training schedule go to Vermilion County 2018 Master Gardener Training Schedule.

Vermilion County Master Gardeners get their hours by helping out at a wide variety of pre-approved projects: There are community gardens like: Kennekuk County Park Historic Atwood House and Herb Garden, Douglas Discovery Garden, Aunt Martha's Center for Children's Services, VA Greenhouse and Healing Garden, Danville Library Children's Garden, weekly radio program on WDAN, Gardeners Speakers Bureau, Annual Garden Day Workshop held each March,annual Plant Sale held each May, annual Garden Walk held each June, Monthly Tuesday Night eduactional classes feature a garden topic. Master Gardeners research plant questions that come into the extension office April-October.

Please contact our office 217-442-8615 or Jenney Hanrahan if you would like more information on how to become a Master Gardener. Classes start in January 2018.