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 on several projects throughout the Salt Lake County area. 

Update 1/20/2023

An invitation email has been sent out to those on the list as of January 20, 2023. If you have already placed your email address on the 2023 EMAIL LIST and have not received an email from ginger.dalde@usu.edu, please check your junk folder. If you find the email, add this address to your Contacts. If you do not find the email, please contact Ginger directly by email or call 385-468-4824 and leave a message. 

For 2023, the USU Extension Master Gardener volunteer training classes will be held over Zoom Trademark twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7:30 p.m. beginning on March 7, 2022 and will conclude April 18. Additional optional workshops held in-person may be scheduled on other days. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 25th for a fruit tree class and pruning demonstration. All class sessions held over  Zoom Trademark will also be recorded for those who are enrolled but unable to attend all the core classes. Hands-on learning through volunteering occurs from April through October. The enrollment fee for the core classes will remain $200.

PLEASE NOTE:
A separate, mandatory information meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2023, before any fees are paid. On Feb. 10, enrollment will begin.  A link to our electronic enrollment form will be sent ONLY to those who attended the meeting. The enrollment fee will be due by March 7, 2023. Be sure to have your information on the 2023 EMAIL LIST in order to receive the Zoom Trademark registration for the meeting.

Thank You!
For the 2023 program
, please find the details for 2023 below and put your name and email on our 2023 EMAIL LIST. (The blue button "Email Sign Up" shown above is for the USU Extension Newsletter, not the Master Gardener program) The email announcement been sent  as of 1/5/2023. Check your junk folder for the domain @usu.edu and add it to your safe senders list. Send an email to: mastergardener@usu.edu if you do still do not find an email.

Important: Each county has different enrollment/application deadlines and procedures. For Salt Lake County, the core training classes will not begin until March 7, 2023 and will be delivered live over the internet.
Many other counties will begin their program in January and may be in-person or via internet or a mix. It is expected that the volunteer component of 40 hours will be completed in the same county as you enrolled in the classes. Please click on the tab "County Locations" above to find the contact information for other counties for information on attending their program.

Class Description

Master Gardener course participants attend 14 college-level lectures taught by Utah State University Extension Specialists and Extension Faculty.  After completion of the basic curriculum, first year trainees 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 basic curriculum includes, but is not limited to the following topics:

  • Basic Botany
  • Soils and Fertilizers
  • Irrigation
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
  • Weed Science
  • Entomology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Turfgrass
  • Water-wise Landscaping
  • Plant Pathology & Diagnostics

Class Volunteering

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 in the county in which they are enrolled.  A large part of our program in Salt Lake County is supporting Wheeler Historic Farm and Park by maintaining various garden demonstration areas. The following are examples of additional volunteer opportunities:

  • Demonstration garden management
  • Public education presentations
  • Small-group teaching opportunities
  • Guided garden tours
  • Information Booths at community fairs/shows
  • Gardening Help Desk/Plant diagnostic clinics 

Gardening Questions? Answers Here!

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 Volunteer 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 may be occasions where an event cannot be filled.