Master Gardener Fall Training Application Opens July 12

Training will be offered in 44 counties across Iowa

July 5, 2024, 9:54 am | Alicia Herzog

AMES, Iowa – The application window is opening July 12 for the 2024 Fall Master Gardener training cohort, which will be offered in 44 counties or extension regions by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Counties offering Fall training include: Adair, Boone, Butler, Cass, Cerro Gordo, Clayton, Dallas, Delaware, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Hamilton, Hardin, Harrison, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Keokuk, Linn, Lyon, Madison, Marshall, Mills, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, Muscatine, O'Brien, Osceola, Polk, Pottawattamie, Poweshiek, Ringgold, Scott, Sioux, Story, Tama, Union, Webster, Winneshiek, Woodbury and Worth.

Master Gardeners tending to a garden.Iowans wishing to become Master Gardener volunteers choose a county to complete training through, participate in online learning modules and attend at least four in-person training sessions organized by the county office. After passing the final exam, trainees put their knowledge to work with a 40-hour internship in their training county.

Applicants have from July 12 through Aug. 12 to apply for the fall session. Counties are seeking participants of all backgrounds and experience levels who desire to grow their horticultural knowledge and serve their communities. Learn more about the program online or through your ISU Extension and Outreach county office.

“Many people have misconceptions about what the Master Gardener Program truly is,” said Alicia Herzog, Master Gardener statewide coordinator with ISU Extension and Outreach. “The Master Gardener program is about more than just learning how to grow your best garden, although you will learn that as well. Trainees use knowledge gained in training to grow food for those in need, partner with area organizations to design green spaces and present programs in their local communities.”

The Iowa Master Gardener Program is a year-round volunteer service organization that utilizes university-trained volunteers who use research-based horticulture and gardening knowledge and practices to educate people and coordinate projects that promote healthy communities.

Local extension staff coordinators can help anyone with questions about joining Master Gardener training this year, including details of when and where in-person meetings will take place in their county or extension region.

Iowa State has offered Master Gardener training for over 40 years, engaging more than 15,000 people in learning about gardening best practices.

For more information, Herzog can be reached at 515-294-3627 or

Shareable photo: Master Gardeners embody the slogan “Learn it. Grow it. Teach it.” in their various volunteer roles. Master Gardeners choose from various types of volunteer projects including tending ornamental gardens, growing food donations for local food pantries and giving public presentations about horticulture topics.

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