Welcome to the Extension Master Gardener Program!

Helping people and communities grow…

Master Gardener College - We’re excited to announce that the 2014 Master Gardener College is scheduled for June 20 and 21 on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing! This year’s event, themed “Growing Excitement,” features tours and workshops on Friday followed by dinner at the University Club. Saturday’s schedule features two keynote speakers and three concurrent group sessions to feed your mind with science-based gardening knowledge. Visit the Master Gardener College website for more information.

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The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) provides interested individuals with the chance to take part in a focused, 13-week training experience that provides in-depth education in many aspects of horticulture, including trees and shrubs, flowers, vegetables, fruit, soil, water, pests, indoor plants and lawns.

Individuals who complete the training can get involved in local gardening activities, sharing the joys of gardening with people of all ages, and teaching environmentally friendly gardening practices. Volunteers will have the opportunity to help other gardeners solve garden problems and participate in special projects that improve our communities. (See our 2010 Annual Report.) 

After completing 40 hours of fun, rewarding community service, these participants earn their Extension Master Gardener certification, a widely recognized designation. Master Gardener Volunteers can then earn special recognition and awards and become leaders in their communities.

The MGP connects gardeners across Michigan to MSU resources. MSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities. In addition to the Master Gardener Training Program, university experts present a wide variety of seminars and classes that volunteers may use to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

While participating in the program, volunteers make new friends, share gardening stories and have fun.

Do you love gardening and learning more about it? If you love planning, planting, caring for and enjoying plants, and if you would enjoy working with others who share your interest in efforts to improve your community, consider becoming a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Master Gardener Volunteer.