Master Gardener

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Helping others learn to grow

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who teach others how to garden.

Become a Master Gardener
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Winter is a good time to plan your garden

Our Garden Journal will help you be ready come spring.

Start planning now
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Start plants indoors from seeds

Some plants flower sooner and produce earlier when started indoors.

Check our guide for seeding dates

The mission of the Missouri Master Gardener Extension Program is “helping others learn to grow.” The Master Gardener program provides in-depth horticultural training to individuals throughout Missouri who then volunteer their time applying what they have learned to help others in their communities to learn about gardening and environmental education.

The Master Gardener program promotes and raises public awareness of the University of Missouri Extension as a source of unbiased, research-based gardening information. Through activities such as MU Extension hotlines or answer services, workshops, speaker’s bureaus, garden show booths, and demonstration projects, Master Gardeners provide gardening information to thousands of Missourians each year.

To become trained as a Master Gardener, an individual must attend a 30-hour classroom Core Course training. Then the Master Gardener trainee is required to give 30 hours of volunteer service back to the community in approved MU Extension activities.

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