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University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery Counties

Montgomery County
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

Christian County
1120 N Webster St.
Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
FAX: 217-287-7248
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 11:30 am; 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Jersey County
201 W. Exchange St.
Suite A
Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

Macoupin County
#60 Carlinville Plaza
Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8 am to 12 pm; 1 pm to 4:30 pm

News Release

Master Gardener Training Coming to Carlinville

University of Illinois Extension is accepting applications for the 2017 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 2017 Illinois University of Illinois Extension’s Master Gardener program will be offered for 11 consecutive weeks starting on Jan. 24.  Training for Christian, Jersey, Macoupin and Montgomery County residents will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays 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 16, 2016.

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.

Illinois dates, topic and presenter information include:


January 24 – Botany/Orientation – Martha Smith/Andrew Holsinger - Webinar

January 31 – Insects – Phil Nixon - Webinar

February 7 – Woody Ornamentals – Andrew Holsinger

February 14 – Soils – Duane Friend - Webinar

February 21 – Herbaceous Ornamentals – Martha Smith and Candice Miller - Webinar

February 28 – Turfgrass/Lawns – Chris Enroth/David Robson - Webinar

March 7 – Plant Pathology – Richard Hentschel/Ken Johnson

March 14 – Landscaping/Weeds – Andrew Holsinger

March 21 – Vegetables – Elizabeth Wahle/Bruce Black/Jennifer Fishburn - Webinar

March 28 – Fruit – Elizabeth Wahle/Bruce Black/Andrew Holsinger - Webinar

April 4 – Integrated Pest Management (IPM)/Plant Propagation – Andrew Holsinger

April 11 - Graduation


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.



Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,

Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,