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Master Gardener

What is the USU Master Gardener Program?

The purpose of the Utah State University Extension Master Gardener Program is to develop a network of trained volunteers who can provide Utah communities with unbiased, research-based horticultural education and technical assistance in gardening and home horticulture.

Master Gardeners receive 13-14 weeks of college-level lecture and hands on training taught by Utah State University Extension Specialists and Extension Faculty. After completion of the training, USU Master Gardeners are required to provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service back to their community.

Areas of Training

  • Basic Botany
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Irrigation
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
  • Weed Science
  • Entomology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Turfgrass
  • Landscape Design

Volunteer Service Examples

  • Helping with projects located at USU public gardens and educational centers
  • Partnering with communities, religious groups or other local organizations
  • Plant diagnostic clinics
  • Answering gardening questions over email and/or the phone
  • Public outreach at fairs & gardening festivals
  • Farmer's markets educational booth
  • Manage public demonstration gardens
  • Guided garden tours/walks
  • Public speaking on gardening topics

Volunteers must complete the course requirements AND volunteer hours to receive a certificate.

Contact your local USU Extension Office for more information on dates, times, and registration requirements.