Idaho Master Gardener
Training and Classes
Training is offered annually, mid-January through April.
Extension specialists, educators and industry professionals will introduce class members to gardening principles and procedures.
Participants will receive over 40 hours of instruction and a useful Idaho Master Gardener Handbook.
Topics may include:
- Organic gardening
- $125 for an individual
- $175 for a household couple
- Additional $125 fee per individual for those who take the course without completing program certification
- Additional costs for CEU's
- Additional costs for university credit
Idaho Master Gardeners develop and share expertise in a broad range of horticultural topics, including home food production, controlling garden and landscape insect pests, improving soil and more.
Idaho Master Gardeners make a difference in their communities by:
- Sharing information to help citizens be more self-sufficient in food production, beautify personal and public places, become better stewards of the environment and successfully grow healthy plants
- Helping operate programs that teach youth to appreciate horticulture, grow their own food and care for the world around them
- Operating plant diagnostics clinics to help people solve gardening problems
- Teaching classes for civic organizations, church groups, garden clubs and schools
- Creating projects to beautify buildings, parks and other public places
- Developing and managing community vegetable gardens
- Bringing the joy of gardening to children and adults
Becoming an Idaho Master Gardener
Individuals interested in becoming an Idaho Master Gardener should:
- Have an interest in, some knowledge of and experience with basic gardening and related horticultural topics
- Be able to communicate effectively with the public
- Be willing to complete 40-50 hours of instruction and provide a minimum of 30-50 hours of service