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Program Coordinator, Master Gardeners
University of Illinois Extension
535 South Randall Road
St. Charles, IL 60174-1591
Master Gardeners – Kane County
How do I become a Master Gardener?
The next training session is tentatively scheduled for fall 2019 at the U of I Extension office in St Charles. This training will be open to residents of Kane and Kendall Counties.
Instruction: The Master Gardener curriculum is taught by University of Illinois Extension educators. Attendance at all Master Gardener training classes is required. The topics covered in the classes include: botany, soils, woody ornamentals, basic entomology, tree fruits and small fruits, herbaceous ornamentals, and insect and diseases of plants. Quizzes are given after each class and a final exam (all open book) at the end of the training.
Training Dates: Training is tenatively scheduled to begin in September 2019 and run through early November. Classes are held one day a week, usually on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 8:45 am - 3:30 pm.
Training Location: U of I Extension, 535 S Randall Road, St Charles
Cost: A fee of $350 is charged to cover the class, the award winning Master Gardener Manual, and supplemental handouts. Class participants are required to volunteer 60 hours of time on approved projects.
Volunteering: In exchange for this excellent opportunity, Master Gardener program of Kane County requires that you donate 60 volunteer hours in support of the program during the growing season. Thirty of these hours are spent answering gardening questions from homeowners at the help desk. An additional 15 hours are required at our Idea Garden. The remaining volunteer hours are spent on approved projects that interest the volunteer.
Registering: If you are interested in becoming a Kane County Master Gardener in 2019 click on the link above. An informational meeting will be held in June, watch your email in May for an invitation. All volunteers must fill out an application and be interviewed prior to being accepted into the program. Background screenings are required to participate in the program.