The University of Idaho Extension Idaho Master Gardener Program consists of dedicated volunteers who provide gardening and horticulture information to Canyon County residents through plant clinic, classes, community outreach, demonstration gardens and other activities.
Through the Idaho Master Gardener training session, you will gain knowledge in soils, basic botany, disease diagnosis, insects, weed identification and management, lawn care, landscape shrubs and trees, vegetables, herbs and fruits.
It's about sharing your passion and knowledge of gardening with your community. It's about empowering the community to tackle their landscaping and gardening challenges by providing them with research-based solutions for a more sustainable life.
Training is held January through April. Class registration opens late October.
Plant clinics are designed to help address concerns in gardens or landscapes. Idaho Master Gardeners are available Monday and Wednesday afternoons, 1-4 p.m., and Friday morning, 9 a.m. to noon, May through September.
Samples can be submitted Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Samples will be evaluated during Plant Clinic and you will be contacted for more information and/or recommendations.
- Submit several plant parts with varying degrees of severity.
- Include one healthy sample, if possible.
- If a branch is partially affected, bring in a section where it changes from healthy to unhealthy.
- Wrap all plants in a dry paper towel and place in a sealable bag.
Photo Submission Guidelines
Photos of plants can also be emailed to Canyon County Idaho Master Gardener. Use the recommendations below.
- Include one close-up picture.
- Include one entire plant picture.
- Include one picture which shows the plant and the surrounding landscape.
- Additional pictures can be included as needed.
- Take photo with indirect light when possible
- Bring a branch approximately 12-18" long showing the progression of the problem. If the problem is on the trunk, bring or submit a clear picture following photo submission guideline.
- Bring a 12" square section from the problem area, showing a portion of the healthy and unhealthy conditions, including 2-3" of soil.
- Bring whole plant(s) with root system intact. Plants with flowers or seed heads are easier to identify.
- Submit several specimens, when possible.
- Submitted specimen(s) should be in a closed container.
- Clear photos may be submitted to Canyon County Idaho Master Gardener. Include clear images of the insect from top, bottom and side when possible. Include a penny next to the insect for scale.
This is a free service, just another way the UI Extension gives back to the community.
Cost of standard soil fertility test is $55. Local lab resources are Western Laboratories in Parma or University of Idaho Analytical Science Laboratory in Moscow. Please call the office for more information.