The purpose of the USU Extension Master Gardener Program is to develop a network of trained volunteers who can provide the Salt Lake County community with unbiased, research-based horticultural education and technical assistance in gardening and home horticulture. USU Extension Master Gardeners volunteer at several projects throughout Salt Lake County. In 2019, volunteers contributed 5,647 service hours toward education and volunteer projects.
To receive the announcement about the 2022 Salt Lake County Master Gardener Program, put your name and email on our list. (please note: Email Sign Up above is for the USU Extension Newsletter, not the Master Gardener program) The email announcement will be sent at the beginning of December 2021.
*Each county has different enrollment/application deadlines and procedures. Please click on the tab "County Locations" to contact other counties along the Wasatch Front for information on attending their program.*
Master Gardener course participants attend weekly college-level lectures taught by Utah State University Extension Specialists and Extension Faculty. After completion of the basic core training, first year students may participate in hands-on workshops, webinars and live events and become an integral part of the educational community while sharing their research-based knowledge through volunteer service (see below).
The USU Extension Master Gardener volunteer training course lectures are held once a week from late January/early February to early May. Hands on learning through volunteering occurs from April through October.
The course includes but is not limited to the following topics:
- Basic Botany
- Soils and Fertilizers
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
- Weed Science
- Integrated Pest Management
- Water-wise Landscaping
- Plant Pathology & Diagnostics
Volunteering is the heart and soul of the program. To receive final Master Gardener Certification, participants must complete 40 hours of approved USU service projects. The following are examples of potential volunteer opportunities:
- Demonstration garden management
- Public education presentations
- Guided garden tours
- Farmer's markets
- Plant diagnostic clinics
- County fairs and gardening festivals
- Youth horticulture programming
Request a Master Gardener Guest Lecture
All requests must be done by phone (385) 468-4820*
Topics that a Master Gardener may speak on:
- Basic Gardening (composting, soils, seasonality, plant requirements, etc)
- Vegetable gardening (soils, nutrients, fertilizers, varieties, raised beds, etc)
- Water-wise and native plants
- Tree, shrub, and perennial flowers
- Basic lawn care
USU Extension's protocol for Master Gardener teaching requests:
- The contact person (you) must call our office (385) 468-4820 and speak with our Master Gardener Coordinator.
- We will take your contact information and discuss event details to post to our volunteer schedule so they can sign-up to teach. Advanced planning is highly recommended. Even if the class isn't to be held until Fall, call us early in the year to be accommodated.
- If a volunteer(s) signs up, they (the volunteer) will contact you directly.**
*You must have a minimum group size of 30 people.
**If you are not contacted by a volunteer within 10 days after your teaching request was recorded, it indicates that there are no available volunteers to fulfill your request. If this occurs, we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. The USU Salt Lake Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer organization; therefore, there are occasions where an event cannot be filled.