We welcome all gardeners of Curry County to become a Master Gardener.
Is the Master Gardener program right for you?
To help you decide whether you should apply for Master Gardener Training, see if you agree with these six statements:
Gardening and gardens have have always been of interest to me.
Anything I learn about gardening, I would be willing to share with others.
I really would like to learn a lot more about gardens, plants, and insects.
Entomology: Bugs can be fun; there is so much I don't know about them.
Mysterious things grow in my yard and in the county that I wish I could identify.
I am willing to provide 50 hours of volunteer outreach and education upon course completion.
If you find yourself agreeing with these statements, the Master Gardener Program may be right for you. It could be one of the most interesting activities you have ever been involved in. If you would like to become a Master Gardener, call, write, or email the Curry County Extension Office.
Master Gardener Training
Master Gardener Training Classes are taught by OSU Extension agents and horticultural specialists. The program offers a basic, practical course in plant science and horticulture; students who participate provide a minimum of 50 volunteer hours or more of community outreach.
Classes usually include:
basic botany and plant physiology;
pest identification and control methods;
soil management and plant nutrition;
and diagnosis and control of plant problems.
Other general interest classes on such topics as lawns, greenhouses, water quality, houseplants, vegetables, trees, and shrubs may be included depending on class interest.
The actual course content and sequence will vary from year to year and will depend on local needs, interests, and speaker availability. Classes are held during the winter months from January until mid-March.
Your commitment after training is to be a volunteer staff person for the OSU Extension Service. The program coordinator will help you to schedule your volunteer time. Some Master Gardeners answer telephone requests for gardening information; others staff plant clinics at garden shows or local events. Master Gardeners might also work on projects with local schools, give talks to area garden clubs or complete an approved project of their own design.
How do I become a Master Gardener?
Step 1: Complete the Master Gardener training
There are two options for the training:
In-person training: This is the best route to become a Master Gardener. This includes practical, hands-on activities related to the topics covered in class. Classes take place in the classroom and online. Watch this site for information about upcoming trainings in Curry County. NOTE: in-person trainings for new Master Gardeners are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Please see online training options.
Online training: If the timing of the in-person training doesn't work for you, this instructor-led online training is an excellent alternative.
Step 2: Complete volunteer hours
As part of the Master Gardeners certification, you will volunteer for 66 hours to share research-based sustainable gardening practices and to promote healthy landscape and food in your community. This may include:
Answering telephone requests for gardening information
Staffing plant clinics at local garden shows or events
Working on projects with local schools
Speaking at local garden clubs
Completing an approved project of your own design
The local Master Gardener coordinator will help you schedule volunteer time. For more information see the Master Gardener Volunteer Position Description. This describes the responsibilities, as well as position requirements and supervision.
Step 3: Recertify each year
Current Master Gardeners can maintain their status by participating in continuing education and additional volunteer hours. Contact the local Master Gardener coordinator for more information.
The Master Gardener & Home Horticulture Basic Training course is designed for anyone who is interested in learning more about the effective and sustainable management of their home horticultural landscape. There are no course prerequisites, although a basic understanding of plants is helpful. Option 1: An alternate route to becoming a Certified Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer, if the timing of the live training doesn't work for you. Option 2: The same training Master Gardeners receive in Option 1, for those who want the training but do not want to become a Master Gardener Volunteer. Participants receive a Certificate of Home Horticulture upon successful completion of the online course. In this course you will learn about the art and the science of caring for plants. We examine plant types (e.g. woody, herbaceous), garden types (e.g. container, vegetable), and elements that influence the growth and vigor of plants in the home garden (e.g. pathogens, soils, insects, management decisions). We will also focus on the prevention and diagnosis of plant problems, as well as a least toxic approach to tolerating and/or managing plant problems in the home horticultural landscape. Click the heading "Online Master Gardener Course" above to go to the website for more information.