Gardening Tips and Highlights

Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener Volunteers are trained individuals who aid the University of Wisconsin-Extension staff by helping people in the community better understand horticulture and their environment.

Master Gardeners is a national program that was first introduced to Wisconsin in 1977. Today, the Master Gardener program is available in all 50 states and several countries. In the program, participants receive 36 hours of horticultural training with University of Wisconsin-Extension specialists and faculty and local experts. The course fee includes instructional materials, which you keep.

To become a certified Master Gardener Volunteer, participants must attend the designated training sessions, pass a final exam, and provide at least 24 hours of volunteer service in your community. To remain certified, each year you will need to acquire 10 hours of continuing education and volunteer a minimum of 24 hours.


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