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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:

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 Farmers Market
  • Bagging Trees for Arbor Day
  • Earth Day Fair at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library
  • Annual Spring Craft Fair at Lake City High School
  • Sodbuster Plant Sale
  • River City Garden Club Plant Sale
  • Q’Emlin Park Tree Give Away
  • CDA4Kids Summer Program
  • Fernan Elementary School — A “New” Idaho Master Gardener School Mentorship Program
  • Planting flowers on the Kootenai County Fairgrounds
  • North Idaho Fair booth and “The Friends of the Farmer” Building Design

Kara Carleton

Idaho Master Gardener Program Coordinator


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


Web: UI Extension, Kootenai County

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