The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program (MGP) is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program. Volunteers are committed to improving the quality of life in Michigan through horticulture-based volunteerism and beautifying communities throughout the state.
The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program serves two major and equal functions:
The MGP’s educational component provides an overview of major horticulture subjects in a classroom setting. Extension Master Gardener trainees attend a series of classes that address a minimum of 14 topics that are supported by a 1000-page Master Gardener training manual.
Topics covered during class sessions are:
The Extension Master Gardener trainee’s commitment to volunteering is just as important (if not more so) than the educational component of the course. Trainees have the chance to educate and inspire others in their communities through horticulture activities. Volunteer tasks may include everything from designing an elementary school garden with children, to creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center, to helping a neighborhood beautification team with site and plant selection.Upon completion of the educational component and 40 hours of volunteer service, the Extension Master Gardener trainee will receive his or her Extension Master Gardener certification.
Maintaining MSU Extension Master Gardener volunteer status requires completing a minimum of 20 hours of community service and 10 hours of education each year.