Master Gardener Training
The Master Gardener program is a volunteer leader training program made up of people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who want to learn more about growing plants, and who are willing to share their knowledge with others. This program brings students up-to-date on new horticultural information and gardening methods, reinforces previous knowledge and helps them learn how to disseminate this information in the best way. In its simplest form, a Master Gardener is a volunteer trained by the Extension Service to help others learn more about gardening and basic plant science.
Classes are offered in a tri-county area that includes: Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw. In 2017 the 14 week Master Gardener Volunteer Program will be held at the Jackson County MSU Extension office, August through November. The next Ann Arbor program will be held starting in January of 2018 and will be held at the Washtenaw County MSU Extension Office.
To become a Michigan state certified Master Gardener requires completion of the 14 week program as well as 40 volunteer hours within a year of the end of the class. These volunteer hours are educational in nature, emphasizing that Master Gardeners share their garden knowledge with others.
The program is also offered in a number of other counties each year. For more information on the Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program visit the Gardening in Michigan website at: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/info/home_gardening and click on “Programs”.
Registration for these classes is put on-line 4 to 6 months prior to the start of the class. To be notified by email when class registration first opens for Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw programs please provide us with your name and email. Send it to JordanKJ@anr.msu.edu If you have further questions on the program contact Bob Bricault at 734 997-1678.