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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

2018 Master Gardener Course Starts in January

The University of Illinois Extension office has announced that it will offer the 2018 Master Gardener Course in Carlinville this year.  The first session begins on January 23, 2018 at University of Illinois Extension office in Carlinville.  Classes are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continue weekly on Tuesdays through April 10, except one session will be held on February 22, 2018.


Participants can expect to cover topics like basic botany, soils, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, insects, plant diseases and diagnosis and weed management.

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.

Volunteers receive 60 hours of instruction on horticulture from Extension educator and specialists. Interns are expected to provide 60 hours of volunteer service in the two years following graduation.

Cost is $175, including the Master Gardener training manual.  Download an application from or request a form by calling 217-854-9604.  Applications are due on December 20, 2017.

Online Master Gardener training is available for 2018 with the application deadline being December 15, 2017.  Cost for online training is $300 which includes training manual.

University of Illinois Extension provides practical education that help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information visit the Unit 18 website at or contact your local Extension office.


University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.  If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo.  Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.



Local Contact: Andrew Holsinger, Extension Educator, Horticulture,