Master Gardener Training Program's Registration is Open
by: Sharon Ashworth
Horticulture Program Assistant
Douglas County Extension Master Gardeners (EMGs) are volunteers trained in all aspects of horticulture. Our mission is to share research-based, horticultural information with residents of Douglas County, in partnership with K-State Research and Extension. The EMGs help Douglas County residents grow and care for plants, whether they be in your home, in a pot on your porch, or in a garden. Approximately 150 Master Gardeners donate about 8,000 hours of volunteer time each year.
What we do
- Provide answers to gardening, plant, and pest questions by staffing the Master Gardener Hotline (phone, email, or walk-in).
- Maintain five Demonstration Gardens in Douglas County which provide gardening inspiration and information about what grows best in our area.
- Provide horticultural information at public events.
- Organize the Spring Garden Show, an educational event featuring expert advice, informative presentations, fabulous garden art, and an incredible garage sale.
- Organize the Garden Tour, providing an opportunity to view some of the most beautiful gardens in our county.
- Pick up excess produce from the Saturday Farmers’ market vendors and deliver it to Just Food, the Douglas County food bank.
- Lead children’s programs at the Lawrence Public Library and New York Elementary School.
- Provide a speaker’s bureau of garden experts for your classroom, garden club, or organization.
Come join us! We love plants and enjoy sharing that love with others.
2021 Training Dates: September 2 - December 16 each Thursday from 1pm-4pm (online portion). 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). In person at 2110 Harper St. August 27, 2020 is the deadline for registration and payment