A Brief History of the Master Gardener Program
The Master Gardener Program was first started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1972. It grew out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information. Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date reliable information. Master Gardening has also given its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation.
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If your county or Reservation isn't listed contact your local county Extension Agent and they will help you in finding the closest option for you.
How does the program work?
Cooperative Extension staff, State Extension Specialists, and local gardening professionals teach a series of classes to train volunteers in unbiased, research-based, home horticulture practices. There are three levels to the Montana Master Gardener Program. The 16 hour Level 1 Extension Master Gardener course will teach basic yard and garden installation, vegetable and flower gardening, and yard and lawn maintenance. Level 2, also a 16 hour course, is for more advanced Master Gardeners with prior gardening knowledge and/or experience, concentrating on Integrated Pest Management. The Level 3 Master Gardener course is an intensive, three day, hands-on training on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman. Classroom participation enhances your educational understanding as students are encouraged to network and share their own experiences, thereby learning from each other. There is a fee to offset program operating expenses. Please select your county above and inquire with your local Extension agent for pricing and class schedules in your area. For more information regarding each individual level of Master Gardener please visit the links on the left menu.