How To Become a Douglas County Extension Master Gardener

How Do I become a Master Gardener?

Anyone with an interest in horticulture can apply for the Extension Master Gardener Program. If you want to improve your gardening skills or plant knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener Program may be for you.


  • You need to be available for 40 hours of volunteering during the first year after your training and 30 hours of volunteering and 10 hours of advanced education thereafter.
  • You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
  • You should enjoy sharing your love for growing plants with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects and educational opportunities.

For 2021:  Classes start Tuesday, August 31st. Thereafter, classes meet online Thursday afternoons from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm until December, 16th. Class will not meet 11/11 or 11/25. Additional dates for in-person training: 8/31 (4-6pm); 9/25 (9-12pm); 10/5 (4-6pm); 10/19 (4-6pm); 11/2 (4-6pm); 11/9 (2-4pm). August 27, 2021 is the deadline for registration and payment. Participation is limited so don’t delay. Topics include botany, soils, entomology, growing vegetables, ornamental plant care and selection, fruit production, turf management, nuisance wildlife, and much more. 

Volunteer opportunities include working in our demonstration gardens, helping others on the horticulture hotline, working with kids through our library and school programs, and participating in our public education programs.

To fill out an application, click here.

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