Master Gardener Program

Master Gardeners, "Helping People Grow"

The Master Gardener program is available to all citizens of Michigan and is designed to develop a cadre of volunteers trained in horticulture. Their knowledge and skills related to basic plant science and home gardening enables these volunteers to improve quality of life in their communities. This is accomplished by increasing people's appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Registration is now open for the 2018 Master Gardener Training Program!

Location:     Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research Center
                     6686 S Center Hwy
                     Traverse City, MI 49684

When:         Thursdays, 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
                    March 8 - June 14, 2018 (including makeup date)

Cost:          $300, including 1,000-page training manual.
                   There are no other out-of-pocket costs.  Payments can be by check or credit card.

Payment Deadlines:  Registration: Feb. 22, 2018.
                                    Payment by check: Feb. 15, 2018.
                                    Payment by credit card: Feb 22, 2018


To learn more about the Master Gardener program, visit the Master Gardener website.

Master Gardeners in Northwest Michigan

''Master gardeners contribute enormously to communities across northwest Michigan. Learn more about their impacts by visiting the Master Gardener Association of Northwest Michigan,

Members of the public are invited to attend monthly educational opportunities hosted by MGANM. Advance your knowledge, join others in service, and receive encouragement to improve your practices.

How Can I Become A Master Gardener? 

To become a certified Master Gardener, you must participate in the Master Gardener Training Program, pass a take-home exam, and perform 40 hours of related volunteer service in your first year. Master Gardeners continue to serve every year to maintain their certification, performing an additional 15 hours of service, attending five hours of continuing education, and paying the annual $20 re-certification fee.

View a list of all Master Gardener Training Courses held in the state of Michigan.


If you're interested in Master Gardener activities in northwest Michigan, contact:

Nate Walton
Michigan State University Extension
Consumer Horticulture Program Instructor

Otherwise, click here for Master Gardener inquiries outside of northwest Michigan.


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