Douglas County Master Gardeners

Garden vignette with sunflowers and Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).

Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener™? Master Gardeners are people like you, interested in learning more about the art and science of growing and caring for plants in the garden, the landscape, and the home. In exchange for classroom instruction, Master Gardeners agree to help local Extension faculty and staff extend horticultural information to people in their communities. 

Master Gardeners Help People

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. 

The Training of Master Gardeners

Master Gardener™ training classes are taught by OSU extension agents and horticultural experts. The program offers basic, practical courses in plant science and home horticulture. Classes include basic botany, methods for growing vegetables, lawns, fruit trees and landscape plants, pest identification and control methods, soil management and plant nutrition, and diagnosis of plant problems. The actual courses offered vary depending on local needs and interests. Classes are held during the winter months from January through March.

Upcoming Events

Natural Mushroom Cultivation

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center Event

Wed, Oct 10, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This class will explain the basics of natural mushroom cultivation for food and medicine. We will explore growing mushrooms on compost, logs, wood chips, and straw.

Soil Testing for Productive Gardens, Pastures, & Farm Fields

Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center Event

Thu, Oct 25, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
In this introductory course, you'll learn how to use soil testing to evaluate the fertility of gardens, pastures, and fields.

Teamwork! A Volunteer's Toolbox for Effective Team Management

Douglas County Extension Event

Sat, Dec 8, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Team Management Workshop