Idaho Master Gardener Program
Improve Gardening Skills While Helping Others
Through the Idaho Master Gardener Volunteer training sessions, you will gain gardening knowledge on a wide variety of horticultural topics. This knowledge will help you assist fellow gardeners with horticultural questions.
The Master Gardener training program includes 12-15 three-hour classes on a variety of gardening topics.
Classes are taught by University of Idaho Extension specialists and educators. The program offers a minimum of 30 hours of instruction that covers the following topics:
- Introduction to Horticulture, Botany and Plant Science
- Basic Entomology
- Vegetable Culture and Crops
- Tree Fruits and Small Fruits
- Basic Plant Pathology and Plant Disease Diagnosis
- Soils, Fertilizers, Irrigation and Composting
- Herbaceous Plants and House Plants
- Trees and Shrubs
- Pruning and Grafting
- Landscape Design and Landscape Plants
- Weeds, Integrated Pest Management, and Pesticide Safety
- Season Extension and Organic Practices
- New Topics are added annually
Teton County will hold Idaho Master Gardener classes in 2022. View winter flyer.pdf
In addition, participants must complete 40 hours of volunteer service in order to become a certified Idaho Master Gardener. Certified master gardeners must recertify annually by completing a combined total of 15 hours volunteer time and classroom instruction. Master gardeners located in Teton County are encouraged to help us with our Extension and 4-H "Giving Garden," 5th Street Skate Park landscaping and other city landscaping projects in our area.
If you are interested in signing up for the next Idaho Master Gardener series, please contact the UI Extension, Teton County office. Depending on participant interest, we hope to offer this course every other year in our county (class size of 10 people minimum). If we do not have enough participant registrations, we offer the six-class High Altitude Victory Gardening series instead. This course is based on the Idaho Master Gardener curriculum, but in a condensed format without the volunteer requirements.
Idaho Master Gardener
Our popular Idaho Master Gardener certification includes advanced training in horticultural topics and hours of community service.