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.

In 1979, Scott County was the first county in the State of Iowa to implement a Master Gardener Program. Scott County currently has 120 volunteers.

ISU Scott County Extension Master Gardener's Mission

To provide home horticulture information and education to the citizens of Scott County consistent with Iowa State University recommendations.  We also strive to increase members’ knowledge of horticulture through educational programs.

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Apply online to become an ISU Scott County Extension Master Gardener

Volunteer Opportunities

Forms & Guidelines


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener