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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 Training

Master Gardeners Training

Master Gardener Training Coming to Carlinville

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the 2018 Master Gardener training session.  The Illinois Master Gardener program educates people about environmentally sound horticulture and gardening practices through a network of volunteers trained and managed by University of Illinois Extension faculty and staff.

The 2018 Illinois University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program will be offered for 11 consecutive weeks starting on Jan. 23.

Training in Carlinville will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays (expect February 22) for a webinar presentation method at the University of Illinois Extension office in Carlinville at #60 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, IL.

The training process starts with an individual submitting an application. Following a background screening, a candidate may be accepted into the training program.

Master Gardener volunteers work on behalf of and under the supervision of University of Illinois Extension. They volunteer in their local county and throughout the community on various projects involving parks, schools, gardening, or with other agencies.

Classroom training is $175.  All trainees will receive a copy of the Illinois Master Gardener manual.  Download an application from or request a form by calling 217-854-9604.  Applications are due on December 20, 2017 and online applications are due December 15, 2017.

Certified Master Gardeners are those who have completed their training and internship. To remain active, certified Master Gardeners must complete 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of educational training yearly. These are reported online and recorded by staff members at the University of Illinois Extension.

Please see schedules below for topics offered.

The training runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Those interested in the Master Gardener training can get more information by calling 217-854-9604 or online at:

University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunities in program and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this program, please call Andrew Holsinger at (217) 532-3941.