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Rhonda J. Ferree
Former Extension Educator, Horticulture

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Want to be a Master Gardener?

If you have a strong interest in gardening and enjoy teaching others, you are invited to apply to become a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener. Extension Units around the state are accepting applications for Master Gardener training. Most classes begin in January and run on consecutive weeks through March.

Increase your knowledge and understanding of such varied topics as lawn management; growing fruits, vegetables and flowers; plant disease and insect pest identification and control and much more. Instructors are Extension professionals and University specialists.

To become a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener volunteer, you must attend all the training sessions, pass an examination and volunteer 60 hours of horticultural service to the community though Extension educational programming. Such service could include teaching youth gardening, planting and maintaining Extension demonstration gardens, answering gardening questions from the public or instructing the disabled, elderly or incarcerated persons in gardening. There are many other volunteer options as well.

For more information on Master Gardener training near you, contact your local Extension office by visiting Rhonda Ferree, Horticulture Educator with University of Illinois Extension, is hosting training simultaneously in Jacksonville and Canton. Training begins January 15th and is held on consecutive Tuesdays, ending March 26th. Training in Jacksonville and Canton occurs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each Tuesday. Applications are due November 1st. For more information about being a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners call 217-243-7424 (for Jacksonville location) or 309-543-3308 (for Canton location), or go to

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