Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener "Spring into Spring" Garden Symposium

The Mills County Master Gardeners annual "Spring into Spring" Garden Symposium will be held Saturday March 23, 2024, at the Lakin Center, located at 61321 315th St., Malvern, IA 51551. This garden symposium is open to gardeners of all ages and abilities and features five speakers.  

This is a full day of Horticultural education, starting at 8:15 with registration and the first of 5 speakers will begin at 9am. Topics this year are Hydroponics, Raising Cut Flowers, The Iowa Arboretum Curation- Programs and Projects, Native trees of Southwest Iowa and Winter Sowing. We will have  demonstration  tables, information tables and vendors present throughout the day. The symposium will conclude at 3pm. Lunch is included. 

On-line registration link:  or you may use the mail in form below. 

2024 Spring Into Spring" Garden Symposium Registration

For more information, contact the Mills County Extension at (712)624-8616 or email: 

Mills County Master Gardener Plant Sale, May 11, 2024

The 24rd Annual Mills County Master Gardener Plant Sale will be held on Saturday May 11th, 2023 from 8:30 - 11:00 am, just in time for Mother's Day. The sale will be held in the Plaza parking lot, located at 900 S. Locust Street, in Glenwood, Iowa 51534. This is a sale with lots of great bargains and hard to find plants that the Mills Master Gardeners dig from their own gardens. All of the plants at the sale are donated by Master Gardeners and others from the community. The plants are high quality, low cost annuals, perennials and vegetable plants started from seed, along with one of a kind garden art that is made just for the sale by the Master Gardener community. All will make great Mother's Day gifts.

The Master Gardeners will also be holding a raffle of unique garden themed items. All of the funds raised during the plants sale are used for Master Gardener programming, including our scholarships and community grants for Mills County.

The Mills County Master Gardeners volunteer countless hours on community projects all over Mills County. The funds from this sale helps to make these projects possible. It's a wonderful sale for a great cause! Don't miss it! For more information, or if you wish to donate plants, contact the Mills County Extension and Outreach  office at (712)624-8616

This sale will be held "Rain or Shine". Please come out and support your local Master Gardeners.

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.

Mills County Master Gardeners

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who provide research-based, home horticulture information and education to local communities through ISU Extension programs and projects.  Master Gardener program participants gain a broad knowledge base in 13 horticultural subject areas.  Since 2009, Mills County Master Gardeners contributed a combined 28890 hours of horticulture-related community service!

The Mills County Master Gardeners is a county-wide group of individuals who have completed the Iowa Master Gardener training offered through Iowa State University Extension and Mills County Extension. The group also includes several spouses of Master Gardeners, dubbed "Co-Horts" who provide additional and much appreciated service to the organization!

The group sponsors the "Spring into Spring" Garden Conference in March, with variety of topics, provides information at the Glenwood Farmer's Markets with a question/answer booth, sponsors horticulture awards at the Mills County Fair, assists with Mills County Extension horticulture programming, hosts an annual Mills County Garden Walk, provides scholarships to high school graduates from Mills County, offers grants for community beautification projects, and holds an annual plant/bake sale fundraiser.  For more information on the group, please contact the Mills County Extension Office at (712) 624-8616

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