Welcome to the MSU Extension
Master Gardener Program!

Helping people and communities grow…

About the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program:

Program Mission: The mission of the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program is to further the land-grant university goal of disseminating scientifically based information via a network of trained volunteers who receive support and guidance from MSU Extension specialists and educators in providing Michigan residents with the most current and environmentally sound horticulture information.

Program Core Values: The core values of the MSU Extension Master Gardener Program are to disseminate scientifically and environmentally sound, research-based information through a trained volunteer network. The MGP is open to all adult Michigan residents who meet the program’s criteria. It recognizes participants’ contributions to their communities and supports efforts that improve Michigan communities, families, adults and children.

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) provides interested individuals with an opportunity to engage 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. In 2013, 3,222 Extension Master Gardeners provided nearly 370,000 volunteer hours in their communities at an economic value of $8.3 M.

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.