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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
tmully@illinois.edu

Martha A. Smith
Extension Educator, Horticulture
University of Illinois Extension
321 W 2nd Avenue
Milan, IL 61264
Phone: 309-756-9978
FAX: 309-756-9987
smithma@illinois.edu

Master Gardeners Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark

Master Gardeners Henry/Mercer/Rock Island/Stark

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who have previous gardening experience. You can become a Master Gardener if 
     - you have some knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management
       (you need not be an expert)
     - you are willing to learn share horticulture information with others, and 
     - you are accepted into a local training program and can volunteer time conducting
       horticultural educational programming coordinated through your local Extension unit.

The mission of the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener program is "Helping Others Learn to Grow." Master Gardeners involve people in improving the quality of life by helping them find sound management practices for home and urban natural resources, by creating aesthetically pleasing environments, by promoting well-being through people-plant interactions and horticultural therapy, and by contributing to a safe, abundant food supply through home fruit and vegetable production.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. The 11 once per week in-person training occurs bi-annually at the Rock Island County Extension office in Milan, IL on even years. The next session will be offered in January 2020. Online training is offered yearly through the University of Illinois Extension.    

What Do Master Gardeners Do?

Master Gardeners have the opportunity to expand their knowledge by participating in educational programs designed specifically for them provided by University of Illinois specialists and educators. In exchange for the training, Master Gardeners in Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark counties volunteer their time to help homeowners and gardeners as well as their community.

How Can Local Citizens Become Master Gardeners?

If interested, contact the Master Gardener Program Coordinator at (309) 756-9978. You can also check the state Master Gardener web site for more specific information, the application process, requirements and future training dates.

he Master Gardener program is an all-volunteer organization sanctioned by the land-grant institution in each state and functions as an extension of the college or university. In Illinois, this program is sponsored by University of Illinois.

University of Illinois Extension appreciates the trained Master Gardener volunteers who help meet the constant demand for horticultural information by citizens of our state. There are currently more than 3,500 Master Gardener volunteers in Illinois.

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