Master Gardener Program

Dear Gardener,

Thank you for your interest in the Jackson County Oregon State University Extension Master

Gardener™ program. OSU Extension Service agents and specialists train volunteers to provide continuing gardening information to the public. To become an OSU Master Gardener, you must complete the training program, pass a take home final examination following training and volunteer 70 hours of public service through the Master Gardener program.  Following completion of the program, Master Gardeners are strongly encouraged to continue volunteering with the Master Gardener Program and the Jackson Co. Master Gardener Association.

 The first part of the program consists of classroom training for volunteers in botany, soil science, insect and disease identification and control, care and culture of ornamental plants, lawns, home orchards, vegetables and diagnosis of plant problems to prepare you to answer home gardening questions. Classes are offered only one time each year. Classes are held one day per week, on Wednesdays, from 9am to 4pm, with an hour off for lunch, at the OSU Extension Auditorium at 569 Hanley Rd, Central Point.  In addition, students will participate in a 3-hour weekly Practicum on a day of their choice.  The Master Gardener Class and Practicum will run January 18, 2017 through April 19. Time: 8am-4pm.

The second phase of the program consists of 70 educational service hours. Of the required volunteer hours, at least 20 hours must be in the Master Gardener Plant Clinic which operates in the Jackson County Extension Office, at the Growers Markets in Ashland and Medford, and at selected other activities. You can choose among several options for the remaining 50 hours. Many students choose to work in the demonstration gardens among other volunteer activities.

 The cost of the program is $300 which includes all training materials – a copy of Sustainable Gardening, a comprehensive 500-page reference manual, prepared specifically for Oregon Master Gardeners, as well as detailed handouts during the fourteen-week class. Payment is due before class begins. Refunds are not available   unless you cancel prior to January 18 .  There are a limited number of scholarships; please contact Rhianna Simes if you’re interested. Register online.

If you feel you will have difficulty attending all the training classes and Practicum sessions or performing the seventy hours of volunteer time, you may wish to postpone the program until your schedule will permit full participation. Students who do not finish their volunteer time requirement will be billed for an additional prorated fee of $10 per hour for every hour of volunteer service not completed, up to  $700 (or 70 x  dollar amount government assigns 1 hr. of  volunteer service).

 Alternatives to full Master Gardener program participation include a non-volunteer option which allows the student to take the classroom and Practicum portion of the training for $700  to receive a certificate of completion , although you won’t become a certified Master Gardener. You might also want to consider the on-line Master Gardener program. On-line program information is at

Any questions should be directed to Rhianna Simes, Master Gardener Coordinator. She can be reached at 541-776-7371,

Jackson County Master Gardener Program Orientation

All prospective Master Gardeners students are required to attend a short orientation session before the class begins. Please indicate on the registration form which session you will attend.

If none of the sessions work with your schedule,

call or email the Master Gardener coordinator

Rhianna Simes   (541-776-7371)

to make alternative arrangements.

If you would rather register by mail please use this registration form.

Indicate your scheduled orientation time on your registration form.

The orientation meeting will be at the Extension Office at 569 Hanley Rd., Central Point, OR.

Orientations will be held in the Extension conference room.

*The Master Gardener program has learning opportunities for both beginning gardeners as well as advanced gardeners. Do you consider yourself a beginner at gardening or do you have years of experience, and consider yourself advanced? Please self-select which group you identify with…

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