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Andrew Holsinger
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944

Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners

University of Illinois Extension

NOW Accepting Applications to Participate in the 2018 Master Gardener Training Program.
Class topics include: botany, soils & fertilizer, vegetables, plant pathology, wildlife, insects, woody, ornamentals & landscape design, turf grass, annuals & perennials, fruits & propagation. All applications due by February 16th.

Contact: Andrew Holsinger at or call 217-287-7246 to register for more information.

Master Gardeners participate in more than 60 hours of training taught by U of I specialists and Extension educators.

Upon completion of training, a person becomes a Master Gardener Intern and will contribute 60 hours of volunteer service within a two-year time period to become an active Master Gardener. To maintain active Master Gardener status, volunteers must obtain a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education and volunteer 30 hours of community service per year at a recognized Master Gardener project.

The mission of University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow."

Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.

The objectives of the Master Gardener program are to:

Expand the capacity of U of I Extension to distribute horticultural information to individuals and groups in local communities

Develop and enhance community programs related to horticulture such as environmental improvements, horticultural therapy projects, community and school gardening projects, and much more.

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

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience.

You can become a Master Gardener if you have some knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management (you need not be an expert), you are willing to learn and share horticulture information with others, you are accepted into a local training program and can volunteer time conducting horticultural educational programming coordinated through your local Extension unit.

Thanks for your interest in the Master Gardener program!

Please click on a link below to go to a specific county's Master Gardeners page.

Thanks for your interest in the Master Gardener program!