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, 785 Sedgwick County residents have received Master Gardener training from K-State Research & Extension-Sedgwick County. In 2014, Sedgwick County Master Gardeners contributed 19,306 volunteer hours, gained 3,916 hours of Advanced Training, and had more than 478,316 contacts with the public through answering questions on the garden hotline, holding garden events and tours, and creating YouTube videos in partnership with the Wichita Eagle featuring Master Gardener Everett Price.