Salt Lake County Master Gardener

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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 in the Salt Lake community.

The 2020 Salt Lake Master Gardener classes are now full. To receive an email announcement about the 2021 Salt Lake County Master Gardener Program CLICK HERE! (please note that the email announcement will be sent out the first week of December 2020). Inquiries about the 2021 class can be directed to our office at 385-468-4820.

Class Description

Master Gardener course participants attend weekly college-level lectures and attend hands-on workshops taught by Utah State University Extension Specialists and Extension Faculty.   After completion of the in-class training, USU Master Gardeners 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
  • Irrigation
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
  • Weed Science
  • Entomology
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Turfgrass
  • Water-wise Landscaping
  • Plant Pathology & Diagnostics
  • Concepts in Sustainable Agriculture

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.  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 

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 Coordinator.
  • We will take your contact information and discuss event details to post to our volunteer schedule so they can sign-up to teach.
  • If a volunteer 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 that an event cannot be filled.

Are you already in the USU Master Gardener Program? Visit the USU Volunteer Management System (VMS)