Become a Master Gardener Volunteer
Why Become an Extension Master Gardener?
Extension Master Gardeners become friends with many interesting and talented individuals. Extension Master Gardeners never stop learning, but continue to grow in their knowledge of garden related issues. Being an Extension Master Gardener volunteer is a fun, interesting and rewarding experience.
Who Can Apply?
Any Sedgwick County resident, age 18 or over who has an interest in gardening can apply. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener program may be for you. A potential Sedgwick County Master Gardener must demonstrate an interest in gardening, an enthusiasm for acquiring and sharing knowledge, and a sincere commitment to volunteerism and community betterment.
Dates for deadlines, interviews, and training will be set at a later date.
The application process involves the following steps:
- Attend an optional meeting the first part of August 2017 where the Master Gardener program will be explained and what is required of Master Gardener trainees will be outlined.
- Complete and submit the Master Gardener Application by the first part of August, 2017.
- Participate in an interview held during the last half of August.
Applicants will receive a notice of whether they have been accepted into the Master Gardener class during the first part of September. Class size is limited.
What is the Cost?
An enrollment fee of $120 covers the cost of all educational materials. Need-based partial scholarships available. Request the form from the Program Coordinator.
When do I become a Master Gardener?
The Master Gardener Basic Training classes are held each fall, on Thursdays. The 2017 training class will run from mid September through November 17, 2017. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with breaks and lunch. After completing the training classes, new volunteers must complete 48 volunteer hours before they achieve full Master Gardener status.
Training Class Topics:
- Plant Growth & Development
- Soils, Water & Fertilizer
- Vegetable Gardening
- Fruit Growing
- Annual & Perennial Flowers
- Plant Disease Diagnosis & Management
- Tree & Shrub Care
- Pesticide Use & Safety
- Woody Ornamentals
Dates are subject to change so check back often.