The Master Gardener TM Program is an Oregon State University Extension Service program that helps Oregon gardeners learn more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. It also enables these trained volunteers to extend garden information to the community through educational outreach programs.
What Kind of Training Do Master Gardeners Receive?
Master Gardeners receive in-depth training in horticulture from Oregon State University Extension Service Agents and professional staff. As part of the training, Master Gardeners are required to volunteer a certain number of hours, working in community programs sponsored by OSU Extension. Successful graduates of the training become Certified Master Gardeners after they complete their volunteer service. Many choose to continue as active Master Gardener volunteers, working with the OSU Extension office and our local Master Gardener Association.
What Kinds of Things Do Master Gardeners Do?
Master Gardeners work in a variety of areas including; answering gardening related questions in Josephine County’s Master Gardener Plant Clinic, staffing information booths at county fairs and other public events, and sponsor educational events including our “Spring Garden Fair” and “Home Garden Seminar”. They have helped design and establish the “Options Community Garden”, the Three Rivers Healing Garden and are currently helping create an authentic “Turn of The Century Garden” at the Schmidt House Historical Society Museum.
Master Gardeners Plant Clinic
During the year we have certified master gardeners in the OSU Extension Office answering plant questions year round. If you have any questions about gardening, landscaping, composting, insects, plant disease, or related topics call 476-6613 or visit the Extension Office. Please see our schedule times below.
|Summer Hours:||April-Oct 31th||Monday-Thursday 9am to 3pm|
|Winter Hours:||Nov-March||Tuesday & Thursday 10am to 2pm|
Upcoming Master Gardener Class
The new Master Gardener training class series are for persons who desire a more traditional educational setting. It consists of eleven full-day sessions covering a wide range of plant science, gardening and sustainable landscaping topics. The series cost $100 for persons willing to return 70 hours as an Extension Master Gardener volunteer. A non-volunteer option is avaiable for $300. Classes start on January 9, 2014, and are held each Thursday through March 27th. For more details contact the OSU Extension Office at 541-476-6613 or for an online application: Master Gardeners Application.