Welcome to the Master Gardener Volunteer Program!
Helping people and communities grow…
Master Gardener College - We’re excited to announce that registration is open for the 2013 Master Gardener College! This year’s event features workshops and hands-on learning opportunities on Friday followed by dinner in the beautiful MSU Radiology Gardens. Saturday’s schedule features opening and closing 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.
The MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program (MGVP) provides interested individuals with the chance to take part in a focused, 12-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 Master Gardener Volunteer certification, a widely recognized designation. Master Gardener Volunteers can then earn special recognition and awards and become leaders in their communities.
The MGVP 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 Volunteer 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.