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Iowa State University
- Horticulture and Home Pest News
- Plant & Insect Diagnostic Clinic
- Department of Horticulture
- ISU Extension Answer Line
- ISU Extension Store
- Entomology at Iowa State
- ISU Extension Wildlife
- Forestry Extension
- Reiman Gardens
- Factsheet Database at Ohio State University
- Horticulture Extension at the University of Minnesota
- Plant Pathology Extension at Kansas State University
Other Master Gardener Sites
- State and Provincial Master Gardener Programs
- Botanical Gardens Across the United States
- The Brenton Arboretum
- Cedar Valley Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
- Chicago Botanic Gardens
- Des Moines Botanical Center
- Dubuque Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- Guide to Plant Societies and Associations
- Iowa Arboretum
- Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
- Missouri Botanical Gardens
2020 Winter Webcast Series
Participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices can show the 3-part webcast series starting in February 2020. Dr. Justin Glisan, State Climatologist, will share what people can do to adapt to changing growing conditions. State Master Gardener Coordinator Susan DeBlieck will share ideas for Master Gardener volutneer project sites to get kids into the garden. Explore the Ada Hayden Herbarium with Deborah Lewis, the curator; find out about early Iowa botanists and Deb's favorite native plants. Read the press release. Contact your ISU Extension and Outreach county office to learn more.
2019 Summer Webcast Series
Jessie Lowry, Blank Park Zoo, will share pollinator best practices. Aaron Steil, Reiman Gardens, will share the in-depth answers to frequently asked garden questions. Grant Thompson, ISU Department of Horticulture, will show how to create plant communities that mimic nature.
2019 Winter Webcast Series
Master Gardener volunteers can gain continuing education hours by viewing webcasts at participating ISU Extension and Outreach county offices. Read the press release. Dan Fillius will provide organic weed-free vegetable growing tips to reduce pests. Elin Filbey will share examples of how to attract new people to the garden. Ed Lyon will explore a dozen ways to create container gardens.
Growing Season 2018 Webcasts
The Growing Season webcast series includes presentations to enhance MG volunteer projects. Topics are: Invasive Insect Update, Tree Care, Attracting Local Bees, Growing Organic Vegetables, Compost 101, and Growing Roses in Iowa. Read the press release here.
Use research-based horticulture and gardening knowledge and practices to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities. Click here to view our logic model to learn more.
View Master Gardener service hour totals by county:
Susan DeBlieck, State Master Gardener Coordinator, email@example.com
Since 1979 more than 14,540 Iowans have received Master Gardener training from Iowa State University Extension. The Extension Master Gardeners is an internationally recognized volunteer program. The program exists in all fifty states, and in Iowa is coordinated by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach with support from the Department of Horticulture.
The first Master Gardener Program was initiated in King County, Washington in 1972. In response to overwhelming requests for horticulture information, the extension agent came up with the idea of trading specialized training in horticulture for a commitment to spend a specified number of hours doing volunteer outreach work for extension. The Iowa Master Gardener program was first piloted in Scott County in 1979. Today, there are Master Gardeners in more than 80 of the state’s counties. Each year Iowa Master Gardeners provide more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service back to their communities.
Learn more about the Growing Together Mini Grants by clicking here.
Volunteer Reporting System
- Master Gardener Coordinator's Guide
- List of MG County Coordinators
- Background Screening Information
- Master Gardener Advisory Committee
- Search for Excellence Award
- Growing Together Project
- Iowa Master Gardener Program Logic Model
- ANR Expertise Directory
Through the Search for Excellence recognition program, Master Gardeners can demonstrate their outstanding contributions to their communities, measuring 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.
Who are Master Gardeners?
They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardener volunteers are individuals who have completed the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects, and farmers markets to name a few.