2019 Master Gardener Training

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Muscatine County has held Master Gardener Training for 2019.



Who are Master Gardeners? 

Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardeners are individuals who have taken 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. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners.


Steps to Become a Master Gardener


1.  Complete the ISU Extension and Outreach Master Gardener core training
  • The first step is to Apply online by August 1, 2019. Your application through the system tells us you are interested in learning more about the Master Gardener Program.
  • Pay class fee of $195; training manuals are included in the fee. Payment is made to the ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County Office.
  • Submit and pass the background check; forms will be emailed to you after you apply online.
  • Complete pre- and post-survey to assess how much knowledge has been acquired
  • 40 hours of horticulture education offered in the fall.  Here is how it works: for each topic, you’ll watch a lecture video and read a book chapter at home. Then we’ll get together on Saturday's to do hands-on activities and dig deeper. For example, we’ll be visiting the Muscatine Arboretum to learn about tree pruning. 
  • Muscatine County 2019 training schedule:

    • August 19, 6-7:30 PM - Training kick-off at the Muscatine County Extension Office
    • Saturday's, 9 Am - 1 PM; August 24, September 7, September 21, October 5 and November 2.  Locations will vary based on topic.  Schedule will be provided at the training kick-off.
    • October 19 - hands-on workshop at Iowa State University
  • Courses are taught by Iowa State University faculty, local horticulture experts & Extension educators.  Topics include: Houseplants, flowers, turf grass, vegetables, landscape design, woody landscape plants, plant propagation, fruits, soils, wildlife management, integrated pest management, plant pathology and entomology.
2.  Volunteer in your community
  • Complete the 40 hour internship. Volunteer on projects and at events to deliver horticulture education in the community.  Want to learn more about Muscatine County Master Gardeners?  Check out our local Facebook page!
  • Not interested in volunteering? Register for the core course as a Pro-Hort trainee ($550 fee) and receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
3.  Stay involved
  • Master Gardeners remain active members in following years by attending ten or more hours of continuing education and contributing 20 hours or more of volunteer community service.
  • Report your volunteer and continuing education hours online by December 31st of each year.

Mission of Iowa Master Gardeners

The mission of the Iowa State University Extension Master Gardener Program is to provide current, research-based, home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Iowa through programs and projects. Through their participation in educational activities, Master Gardeners also increase their own personal knowledge in horticulture. Master Gardeners extend Iowa State University Extension’s consumer horticulture education programs through volunteer activity.
For more information visit www.MasterGardener.iastate.edu or contact ISU Extension and Outreach Muscatine County, 563-263-5701 or Kristar@iastate.edu

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