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Sarah Ruth
Program Coordinator, Horticulture and Natural Resources
University of Illinois Extension
901 Illinois Avenue
PO Box 117
Waterloo, IL 62298
Phone: 618-939-3434
FAX: 618-939-7708

Elizabeth Wahle
Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture
University of Illinois Extension
1 Regency Plaza
Suite 200
Collinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-344-4230
FAX: 618-344-5602

Master Gardener

Master Gardener

What We Do

Most importantly, we have fun working with like-minded individuals while gardening and helping others.  Master Gardeners promote and educate about good, home horticulture practices.  Many existing volunteer opportunities are available through the Extension Unit.  Individuals are also welcome to pursue new projects with prior approval.  Some activities may require additional training and certification. 


  • Horticulture Helpline
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • Youth Gardening


  • Maintain demonstration and community gardens
  • Donate over 10,000 pounds of produce to area food pantries annually