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New Openings in Master School Gardener Program

Posted by Ron Wolford -

Our Master School Gardener Program is entering its second year and we are ready to expand the program to include four or five new members. Our present cardre of Master School gardeners are: Kathy Bernrreuter, Carol Gittler, LynnHyndman, Bobbie Jordan, Linda Khalouf, Clare Mostek, Susan Perdomo, MaryAnne Spinner and Marilyn Witney.

What is the Master School Gardener Program?

As Master Gardeners we have joined Green Teacher Network, the partnership of Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance, Chicago Botanic Garden and Openlands. Green Teacher Network holds quarterly hands-on gardening training for member Chicago Public School teachers who want to pursuea garden project in their own school. These projects range from a plant on the window sill, to a raised bed, to a full garden. Every school is unique.

What is the Master School Gardener role?

When a Master School Gardener is matched with a Green Teacher Network school, the role is to act as a horticultural and resource advisor. We want to change the model of how we assist schools from the "hands on, take charge" expert to that of someone who has knowledge, and resources to share for building a sustainable program in that particular school.

How can you become a Master School Gardener?

1. Send a short paragraph describing your interest in the program to Horticulture Educator Matt Kostelnick at

2. Commit to a one day training session on Saturday, August 25,to be held at the U of I Extension Office at 300 North Elizabeth Street in Chicago.

3. Be available to spend 2-4 hours a month in a collaborative relationship with your assigned school.

4. Master School Gardeners meet quarterly to exchange ideas and for further training, usually on Monday evenings, 6:00 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the Elizabeth office.

If this is the right volunteer opportunity for you, send your request to:

Matt Kostelnick mkosteln@uiuc.eduand copy to Elizabeth Bruhns at

For more information: The program will be outlined briefly at the July 31 Master Gardener meeting at Lincoln Park Zoo.


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