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Search for Excellence Award

Through the Search for Excellence recognition program, Master Gardeners can demonstrate their outstanding contributions to their communities, providing significant learning and impact in the local area. All SFE applications must show that significant learning took place, with the focus on educating the general public rather than individual Master Gardeners. All SFE winning projects must be a team effort. Usually the awards are presented to individual county groups, but cooperation across county lines is encouraged as well.

Search for Excellence Guidelines

Link to Search for Excellence Application Form



Apply to become a Master Gardener

Passionate about volunteering and gardening?

You can become a Master Gardener by participating in the Master Gardener Core Training. ISU Extension & Outreach is providing 40 hours of training for new Master Gardeners in 2017 on Tuesdays in September across Iowa.

Register by September 1, 2017 online.

Classes will be held on Tuesdays, September 19, 2017 through November 14, 2017

Plus four additional local classes and a Saturday class on campus (October 7 or 21)

Learn more about the application process here.




Master Gardener Webinar

Growing Season 2017 Webcasts

Starting this July, Master Gardeners can earn six continuing education hours at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. Topics include: Urban Tree Selection with Gabbi Edwards, Gardening with Youth with FoodCorps staff Chelsea Krist, and Landscaping to Attract Wildlife with Dr. Adam Janke.

To register for any of the webinars, contact an ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

Growing Together 2017 Webcasts

In 2016, Iowa Master Gardeners donated more than 60,000 pounds of produce to local food banks (learn about results here). In 2017, Master Gardener volunteers will continue to build on these successes. Topics include: Donation & Small-Space Gardens, Impact Matters, and Growing & Harvesting Vegetables.

Read the press release here:

Growing Season 2016 Webcasts

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is hosting the seventh annual Growing Season webcast series at multiple locations across Iowa this summer. Gardeners will learn about benefits of shade in the landscape, tree problems, and native garden insects. Read the press release here.

Webinars are pre-recorded, so dates and times will vary with location. All Master Gardeners attending the webinar can earn two continuing education hours for each webinar.

Food Security in Iowa Webcasts

Master Gardeners will gain educational hours while learning about the realities of hunger in Iowa, the best way to work with food banks, donation garden food safety, and more. Click here to watch the series online.

Watch the 2015 Growing Season Webcasts

The webinars from summer 2015 are now on YouTube. Hear from Master Gardeners, Iowa State University faculty, and Reiman Gardens staff. Click here to watch the series.

All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar Series

Watch live webinars or previous recordings about insects. These webinars from eXtension count towards Master Gardener continuing education credits. Click here to find out more.