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Tracy Jo Mulliken
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987

Henry-Stark Master Gardeners

Henry-Stark Master Gardeners

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Who Are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are volunteers who have received over 60 hours of training from Extension Educators and State Specialists from the University of Illinois. Training covers the following home horticulture topics:

  • Landscaping
  • Botany
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Herbs
  • Wildlife
  • Woody Ornamentals
  • Plant Pathology
  • Entomology
  • Turfgrass
  • Vegetables
  • Houseplants

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Henry-Stark County Master Gardeners have the opportunity to expand their knowledge base by participating in educational programs designed specifically for Master Gardeners in training or active Master Gardeners provided by the University of Illinois specialists and educators. In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners in Henry & Starkcounties volunteer their time to help homeowners and gardeners as well as their community.

How Can a Master Gardener Help Henry/Stark County Residents?

  • If you have questions about raising fruits or vegetables.
  • If you need information about lawn care.
  • If the insects have invaded your flower garden.
  • If you are program chairman for a civic organization and need a speaker.
  • If you area a teacher who needs a helping hand in the class room concerning a horticulture related topic.
  • If you are a community organization who needs ideas or assistance in planning a community plant-based improvement project.
  • If you have a suggestion for an upcoming program topic.

A Master Gardener may be able to help!

How Can Henry & Stark Master Gardeners Be Contacted?

Master Gardeners may be contacted throughout the spring and summer by first contacting the Henry-Stark Extension office at (309) 932-3447  between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. The Extension office will then contact a Master Gardener in your area, the Master Gardener will call you back. In some situations, we will provide a Master Gardener's phone number to you, and you can contact them directly. In addition, some call may require that you bring a sample into the Extension office to be viewed by a Master Gardener and compared to various reference books. Your sample may also be shared with Extension educator via digital photos over the Internet for positive ID.

How Can Local Citizens Become Master Gardeners?

Training will be held in Galva on Tuesdays from 9 am - 4 pm January 24 - April 4

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University of Illinois Extension is excited to bring the Master Gardener training to Galva January 2017!  We want to grow the Henry—Stark County Master Gardener program and are looking for members of the local community who are interested in gardening and the environment.  Master Gardeners attend our extensive 11 week training offered and taught by University of Illinois Extension horticulture experts.  After the training, the participants work with a Master Gardener mentor and volunteer on projects that interest them in their own community.  Whether it’s planning horticulture workshops, doing outreach to schools, answering calls on the Hort Hotline, working on community beautification projects, organizing a plant sale, helping at a community garden and more—there are projects in your community that need Master Gardener volunteers. 

Each training session in Galva will be hosted by Extension staff.  The instructors will be streamed live via the Skype System.  Sessions will include hands-on activities and the opportunity to speak/ask questions of the instructors.  The cost for the training is $225 and includes a comprehensive horticulture textbook. You will receive a $50 refund once your internship is completed for a $175 cost to become certified.  To remain active, certified Master Gardeners must complete 30 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of educational training yearly.

  • Become a Master Gardener in 2017 PDF
    We will be holding a Master Gardener training in our Henry/Stark Counties office in Galva, IL on Tuesdays from 9 am - 4 pm January 24- April 4, 2017