Master Gardener Class Series


Interested in becoming a 
Master Gardener in Polk County?

ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County
offers the class series each year.

The Fall Class is September through December. 

Classes are held on Tuesdays for 13 weeks. To complete the Master Gardener certification, class participants must also attend a greenhouse lab, a pruning lab, and a one day class on campus.  

Within 12 months of completing the coursework,
the Master Gardener "intern" will need to report
40 hours of volunteer time on approved projects before receiving their Master Gardener Certificate.

In 2016, Iowa State Extension and Outreach

Master Gardeners in Polk County reported

23,392 volunteer hours.

What sets a Master Gardener apart from a home gardener?
Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn, and have the ability to communicate and share their knowledge with diverse groups of people.

Prior experience or education is not required to become a Master Gardener.  
After acquiring the Master Gardener Certificate, volunteers must complete a minimum of 10 hours of educational training and provide 20 hours of volunteer service annually.

Fee for the class series is $195.  
This fee includes materials for the core class, on-campus class and a Master Gardener resource guide and workbook.  

To complete an application form for the class, CLICK HERE

For more information about enrolling in the Polk County class, contact Nancy (Ike) Eichmann, Master Gardener and Horticulture Education Coordinator, ISU Extension and Outreach - Polk County,,  or reach Ike by phone at: (515) 957-5761.

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