The Master Gardener program offers online training this winter


Get the buzz to become a master gardener at your own pace and at home with January’s online training program.

URBANA – For 46 years, master gardeners at the University of Illinois have measured success by gardens planted, insects identified, produce harvested and the millions of hours volunteers have logged helping others learn to to grow.

From farms and small towns to suburbs and downtown, more than 2,600 volunteers across the state put into practice their mission to “help others learn to grow” by providing gardening education and gardening activities. awareness in their communities. Take your love of gardening to the next level in 2022 by joining the Master Gardeners.

Online training is offered again from January 31. This self-guided course is for Illinois residents and can be taken from the comfort of home on a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

“Our online training is a great opportunity for people who need more flexibility to participate,” said state gardening specialist Candice Hart. “It’s a self-paced program that can be completed at any time.”

The training includes videos, a manual, reading material and quizzes. The course can be completed in 14 weeks with four hours of work per week. A strong internet connection is highly recommended.

This course aims to expose participants to in-depth horticultural content through 13 modules including soils and fertilizers, plant diseases, entomology, pest management, organic gardening and more. For more information, visit

The course is $300 and registration is open until January 10, 2022. Local fees may also apply. For more information or to complete an application form, contact your local Illinois extension office at 309-663-8306. Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties offer the online option during winter training, so please complete the online interest form or contact staff at the number above.

After receiving training, volunteers participate in education programs in their communities. These opportunities may include speaking at garden clubs, civic groups, or schools; answer calls or e-mails to the garden’s help desks; establish demonstration gardens that serve as educational tools; and educate citizens on how to establish community gardens.

The University of Illinois extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Candice Hart. Advance requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet attendee needs.

University of Illinois Extension

This article originally appeared on Pontiac Daily Leader: Master Gardener Program Offers Online Training This Winter


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