How to become a Johnson County Master Gardener

Master Gardener training is offered in Johnson and Iowa County in the fall of each year as a joint venture.  Applications are taken in July for a limited number of participants in the program. 

Currently, the cost is $195 per person. Classes are held at the Johnson County Extension & Outreach Office.   The program has about 17 sessions mostly on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9:30 p.m.. The classes start tentatively September 17th and lasts until November 19th.  There is one all-day session held on campus at Iowa State University in Ames on pathology and entomology. 

The core value of the program is the volunteer component that participants are expected to complete in the year following the training.  

Applications are mailed to potential participants or posted on line in early August at this site.  To receive an application by mail send your name, address, telephone number, and email address to Shannon Bielicke at or call 319-337-2145 or click on the link below.


Fall 2015 Application timeline is now closed. If you are interested in being added to the Fall 2016 potential applicant list please feel free to email Shannon at Thank you.
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