Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are adults of all ages who love gardening and who are willing to share their horticulture knowledge with their friends and neighbors. Master Gardeners is a non-profit organization assisted by University of Missouri Extension and Lincoln University. Trained volunteers provide the community with current and approved horticulture practices to enhance their home garden, lawn and landscape. Individuals and group projects include horticulture teaching, service activities and the Master Gardener Hotline.

Who can be a Master Gardener?

  • You can if you: Have knowledge or experience in gardening or landscape management.

  • Are willing to learn and provide research-based horticultural information to the public.

  • Can attend all training sessions.

Ask A Missouri Master Gardener Facebook Page Now Available to the Public    

Through a statewide collaboration between Missouri Master Gardeners and University of Missouri Horticulture Specialists, Missouri residents now have improved accessibility to a wider range of horticultural expertise. A newly launched Ask A Missouri Master Gardener Facebook page makes it possible for residents to tap into the diverse knowledge and backgrounds of degreed specialists and potentially thousands of trained volunteers. This page can be found at Fb.com/AskaMissouriMasterGardener.
Page followers will find upcoming events, training sessions, relevant and timely topics, as well as publications they may view online. To post to the group of horticulture experts, residents will need to join the group where they can ask questions and post photos for educators to share their horticultural observations and techniques. 
“This page is the newest way to achieve the program’s mission of helping others learn to grow,” says Robert Balek, Regional Horticulture Specialist for MU in Jasper County.

Service requirements

Master Gardener interns are required to provide at least 30 service hours during their year following graduation in order to become Master Gardeners. As Master Gardeners, they are required to provide at least 20 service hours annually within their community. There are many opportunities for service depending upon the individual's interest and ability. Individuals completing training and service hours are given special recognition. To remain on active status, members of the local Master Gardeners are required to participate in continuous service activities.

Volunteer Service Form (PDF) | DOC

Volunteer Code of Conduct Form (PDF) — must be signed annually

Volunteer Code of Conduct 12-minute training video (YouTube)

Get involved

Master Gardener classes are generally offered each year, either face-to-face or online. If you are interested in the program, contact the University of Missouri Extension Center in your county.

Upcoming events

Jan. 22 - May 31, 2018 — Online Master Gardener training 15-week course. Click here to register.

Feb. 17, 2018 — "Gardening 101" Seminar, Nixa, Mo.

Feb. 23-25, 2018 — Lawn and Garden Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, Springfield, Mo.

Mar. 3, 2018 — Spring Gardening Workshop, Branson, Mo.

Mar. 17, 2018 — Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop, State Fruit Experiment Station, Mountain Grove, Mo.

Apr. 11, 2018 — Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop, MSU Darr Agriculture Center, Springfield, Mo.

Apr. 25, 2018 — 1-4 p.m. Blackberry WorkshopMU Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, Mo.

Jun. 27, 2018 — 1-4 p.m. Blackberry WorkshopMU Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon, Mo.

Sept. 28-30, 2018 — Master Gardeners State Conference, Branson, Mo.