Become a Master Gardener

Who are Master Gardeners?

Master Gardeners are individuals of all ages who love gardening and desire to continue learning through advance education courses and community service. They are members of the local community who are interested in lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers, gardens, and the environment.

Who can be a Master Gardener?

  • Do you have knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management?
  • Are you willing to learn and provide research-based horticultural information to the public?
  • Can you attend all training sessions?
  • Can you volunteer at least 30 hours to educational horticulture programs through your local University of Missouri Extension Center in your first year and 20 hours per year after that?

What kind of training do Master Gardeners receive?

 Master Gardener Trainee requirements:

  • 30 – 45 hours of classroom horticultural education taught by horticulture experts.  Topics Include: plant growth, pest management, vegetables, fruits, flowers, trees, shrubs, soils, and lawn care.
  • 30 hours of continuing education in the form of a volunteer internship during the first year after training.

Certified Master Gardeners are individuals who have completed the core course training and the initial volunteer requirement.

Active Master Gardeners volunteer at least 20 hours of horticultural education service per year in the communities served by their local University of Missouri Extension Center.

How much does the training cost?

A course materials fee is charged for participation. The total fee may vary from site to site, but the average fee is $150. Your volunteer time as an intern is considered partial payment for the training received.


2014 Core Training Class:

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10/25/13: This fall, 24 students completed a Master Gardener core training sponsored by the Phelps and Pulaski County Master Gardeners.  It is exciting to look forward to what the future holds for these students as they serve Phelps, Dent, Crawford, and Pulaski counties, providing gardening information in their local communities.