The Master Gardener program is a volunteer service training program whereby adults are given advanced training in horticulture in exchange for volunteer service to the community.
The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through ISU Extension programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture.
Polk County Projects
MG Hours Reporting
The Master Gardener class series will be offered next for Fall 2015.
If you are interested and want to be added to the list to
receive information about the Fall Master Gardener classes,
please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Mary Farlow at 957-5761.
Extension Master Gardener Projects in Polk County
Farmer Market - Downtown Des Moines (third Saturday of each month May - September)
Greenhouse - Work sessions Wednesday and Saturday mornings, Feb. to April)
2015 Plant Sale May 2 from 8 until 4, May 3 from noon to 4
(New address is 1529 34th Ave SW, Altoona, IA at Victorian Acres Greenhouses)
Gardeners' Show House - Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens (Work sessions Tuesday and Saturday mornings, year round)
Volunteer and Education Hour Reporting
Please go to: http://mastergardenerhours.hort.iastate.edu/ and enroll to report your hours through the state system, effective December 15, 2009. Thank you for remembering to report your volunteer and education hours promptly. It's important to show how much we give the community each year.
Master Gardener Newsletter - The Green Thumb for Polk County Master Gardeners and Interns.
Polk County Master Gardener Steering Committee
The Extension Master Gardener program is a volunteer program organized and supported by the Polk County Extension District Council.
Extension volunteer programs are run by the volunteers themselves with subject matter and organizational guidance from ISU Extension and support provided by District staff, Mary Farlow.
Decisions regarding the program are made jointly between the Extension District and a representative body of the Certified Master Gardeners.
The 2014 Master Gardener Steering Committee
Chair: Alda Helvey, 225-2563
Vice Chair: Matt Dore, 274-3292,
Secretary: Sandie Sydnes, 276-1497
Treasurer: Stephanie McAdam, 225-6585
Botanical Center Gardeners Show House: Mary Howell-Williams, 556-3684, Ann Goecke 277-4632
Bus Trips: Lauri Barrick, 278-8792
Class of 2012: Janis Hendrickson, 967-7019
Class 2003 & before: Isabella Hurless-Banks, 278-2067
Enabling Garden: Paula Winslow, 967-3409, Christine Barker, 963-4465, Sandie Hamilton, 967-7882
Demo Garden: Margaret Spikes, 984-9064 & Jerry Ferrell, 314-6632
Discovery Garden: Jean Roe, 279-8705, Dean Brand, 957-0682, Cheree Tilton, 262-0488, Patrick Schmitt, 279-9645
Farmers’ Market: Randy Campbell, 265-7074, Matt Dore, 274-3292, Sherri Soich, 277-1213
Garden Tour: Michelle Walke, 225-8265
Greenhouse Project: Alda & Bob Helvey, 225-2563
Plant Sale: Joy Trueblood, 473-2638 & Jen Jenkins, 422-8947
Program Committee: Faith Huitt, 276-1443 & Jeri McGinnis, 276-2598
Prior Year Chair: Jerry Ferrell, 314-6632
Master Gardener & Horticulture Education Coord: Mary Farlow, 957-5761
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