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Master Gardener Training Program's Registration is Open

by: Sharon Ashworth
      Horticulture Program Assistant 

Extension master gardeners at work in the garden.      
     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

Register HERE.