Master Gardener Course

This course is designed for those interested in gardening, with a desire to learn more, and willing to provide community service to certify as a Master Gardener.  No previous experience is necessary prior to taking this course.  As a community course (not for credit).  It is taught once a year in Weber County beginning the first week in February, and runs 12 weeks.  Jerry Goodspeed, Weber County's USU Extension Horticulture Agent is the director of the program and instructor for many of the classes, while the remaining class instructors are Extension experts from other counties and states.

Applications for the course are e-mailed to prospective students.  A Selection Committee of Master Gardener graduates review the applications and designate 35 individuals to enroll in the course.  In January, an Orientation/Registration offers students an opportunity to ask questions, understand the content of the course and it's requirements, and register.  Once registered students receive a syllabus listing the topics, reading assignments and class location, along with a CD containing the Master Gardener Handbook, and valuable Power Point presentations and fact sheet references.

Here are some of the course topics: 

  • Annual & Perennial Flowers
  • Soils
  • Basic Plant Science 
  • Fertilizers
  • Irrigation
  • Vegetable Production
  • House Plants
  • Insect Control
  • Weed Control
  • Plant Diseases
  • Pesticides
  • Turfgrass
  • Roses
  • Trees & Shrubs
  • Propagation
  • Fruit Production
  • And much, more