Master Gardener Program

The Master Gardener Program trains garden enthusiasts to learn, grow, and teach others about plants and gardening in the home landscape. Participants receive 40 hours of training via webcasting, face-to-face, and hands-on workshops, while interacting with others of similar interests. After completing their training, Master Gardener Interns volunteer 40 hours of service in county approved projects related to gardening education to become active Master Gardeners. To maintain active status, Master Gardeners must attend at least 10 hours of county approved continuing education and volunteer at least 20 hours of service on county approved projects.

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2023 Des Moines County Master Gardener Winter Seminar


The 2023 Winter Seminar is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 9:00am - 3:00pm. The day-long educational event includes two keynote presentations and 10 breakout sessions centered around all things gardening.

Master Gardeners and experts from across the state are coming together to cover topics such as common gardening mistakes, native plants, lawns, vegetable gardening, cut flowers, and gardening adjacent hobbies/activities.

Program Flyer, Schedule, & Description 


Southeastern Community College, 1500 West Agency Rd, West Burlington, Iowa 52655



Should a few more registration slots open up, we will be starting a wait list. Email Morgan Hoenig at if you would like to be put on the wait list.


Call 319-671-7165 or email


  • 8:30 - 9:00am: Registration
  • 9:00 - 10:15am:  Keynote - Steven Eilers "The Top 10 Mistakes Gardeners Make" 
  • 10:30 - 11:30am: Breakout Session 1
  • 11:30am  - 12:20pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 - 1:30pm: Keynote - Adam Janke "Bringing Nature Home: Native Plants and their ecological, cultural and aesthetic value"
  • 1:45 - 2:45pm: Breakout Session 2