Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Who are Extension Master Gardeners?
The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener Program is an educational volunteer program sponsored by Kansas State University Research and Extension and Sedgwick County.
Extension Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds and share a passion for gardening, an enthusiasm for learning, and a commitment to helping others. Master Gardeners have successfully completed basic training in the discipline of horticulture and they share their time and expertise as volunteers in their community to promote Sedgwick County Extension's educational mission.
Master Gardener Volunteer Activities include:
- Answer telephone, email, or Walk-in Clinic questions about gardening
- Speak on gardening / horticulture topics to local organizations
- Conduct workshops for youth and adults
- Maintain a Demonstration Garden and Arboretum
- Volunteer at gardening-themed special events
- Assist with gardening projects in the community
Since 1987, 816 Sedgwick County residents have received Master Gardener training from K-State Research & Extension-Sedgwick County. In 2020, despite many program adjustments required due to the worldwide pandemic, Sedgwick County Master Gardeners were still able to contribute over 9,949 hours of volunteer service and gain over 4,613 hours of Advanced Training. Master Gardener volunteers also hosted a series of virtual gardening classes with the Wichita Public Library, participated in the Community Juneteenth Celebration, collected fresh produce donations for the community, maintained educational display gardens across Sedgwick County, and assisted 2,469 clients with questions via the Master Gardener Hotline.