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Idaho Master Gardener Program

“Helping people grow” is the motto of the Idaho Master Gardener Program, reflecting UI Extension’s goal to help meet the needs of growers in our local communities.

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 research and consult with an unbiased approach toward horticulture topics
  • Be willing to complete 40 to 50 hours of instruction (February-April) and provide a minimum of 35 to 50 hours of volunteer service each year (April-October)

Application Process

Please fill out this form to initiate our application process: https://forms.gle/JmufS839g5n6m3PV6

Applications must be received by Aug. 1, 2022 in order to obtain an interview and continue with the certification process. Due to our Kootenai County budget allotted by our Board of County Commissioners and staff limitations, our next set of interviews is projected for Fall 2022. If matched with our program needs and availability, training begins January 2023 and extends until the end of November 2023.

Outreach Projects

Our Idaho Master Gardeners spend countless hours on their own projects within our program. They volunteer their time teaching classes and consulting on home horticulture for members of our community.

Thank you to our Idaho Master Gardeners for being a great resource at the following community events:

  • Kootenai County Saturday Farmers Market booth
  • Master Gardener Sodbuster Plant Sale (usually mid, or late April or the first weekend in May)
  • Q’Emlin Park Tree Give Away with the City of Post Falls
  • Planting flowers on the Kootenai County Fairgrounds
  • North Idaho Fair booth and “The Pollination Project Demonstration Garden
  • Ask an Idaho Master Gardener mobile Plant Clinic and Q&A Booth
  • Growing in northern Idaho — a two day workshop welcoming newcomers to our area and newcomers to gardening
  • Xerces Society Bumble Bee Atlas citizen science project
  • Bee City USA Certification with the City of Coeur d’Alene, coming in 2023, Xerces Society and Kootenai/Shoshone 4-H program

Kara Carleton

Idaho Master Gardener Program Coordinator

Contact

Idaho Master Gardener Program

Mailing Address:
University of Idaho Research Park
958 S. Lochsa St, Suite 105
Post Falls, ID 83854

Phone: 208-292-2525

Email: kootenai@uidaho.edu

Web: UI Extension, Kootenai County

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