“What really sets Master Gardener's apart from other home gardeners is the commitment to sharing what they learn with others,” said Margaret Murphy, Horticulture Educator for ISU Extension and Outreach.
Master Gardener trainees attend 40 hours of classes taught by ISU Extension and Outreach staff and specialists in topics including lawn care; flower and vegetable gardening; ornamental trees and shrubs; fruit crops; houseplants; insect, disease and weed control; soil plant nutrition; and pesticide safety.
After training, participants must complete a one-year Master Gardener internship consisting of 40 hours of volunteer service.
Additional volunteer hours and ongoing training are required in subsequent years to maintain the Master Gardener status. “The service opportunities are wide-ranging,” said Murphy. Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information, discuss plants at local plant sales or gardening events, speak to local groups, and plan or assist with other horticulture activities.
If you are interested in becoming an Iowa Master Gardener, winter training begins Jan. 16 at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon sponsored jointly by extension offices in Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola and Sioux counties.
Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Short orientation class will be on Thursday, January 16 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The first class will be Thursday, January 23.
The final class is on Thursday, March 13.
Late Fee: $25.00