The Master Gardener Program

Master Gardeners are a dedicated group of trained volunteers willing to share their horticulture knowledge, a love of gardening, an enthusiasm for learning, and a commitment to helping others.  They have voluntarily completed a horticulture education training program through ISU and devoted time to help educate others in the community.  Perhaps you've met a Master Gardener working at a community garden, teaching a workshop, or answering questions at your county Extension office.

You can become a Master Gardener if you are interested in learning about plants and gardening, attend the training program, provide forty hours of volunteer service, and are willing to help others.  To find out more about the program or if you would like to apply to become a Master Gardener in Linn County please read and complete the Linn County Master Gardener Program and Application Request Form.  Click the submit by email button and follow the steps to return the request to us by email or return the form to the Linn County Extension Office, 3279 7th Avenue Suite 140, Marion, IA 52302.  The application and training process happens only once a year.  Applications are sent out in June.  A selected number of applicants are interviewed and chosen to enter the training program which begins mid-September.  Detailed information about the training program, including dates and time of training, will be sent along with the application.

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