MSU Extension’s Master Gardener Program Starts Aug. 20

MSU Extension’s Master Gardener Program Starts Aug. 20

The MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program connects gardeners across the state to MSU’s faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich lives.

Extension Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 14-session training course grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests, indoor plants and gardening practices to protect water resources.

After completing the training, Extension Master Gardener trainees must complete and report 40 hours of pre-approved horticulture-related service within one year of the last class date to earn their Extension Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities, trainees educate others in their local community on the science-based, environmentally sound gardening practices learned during their training.

As a certified Extension Master Gardener, you will be representing Michigan State University. To assure the safety of our volunteers and contacts, we require your completion of the standardized Volunteer Selection Process (VSP) in conjunction with your application for the Extension Master Gardener Training Course. Upon successful completion of the application, VSP and receipt of payment in full, you will then be formally enrolled in the Extension Master Gardener training course.

Cost: $325
Application Deadline: August 6, 2020
Contact Person: Cathy Morris,

Application and Registration Link for Oakland County will be provided after the applicant has begun the Volunteer Selection Process (VSP)

Click here to start the VSP process:
(please note when filling out the forms, that Master Gardeners are Gold Volunteers)

For more on the Master Gardener program:

For other locations offering the program visit:

Thursdays, 5:30 pm – 9:30 PM
August 20 – November 19, 2020

All classes will be online (unless otherwise noted) except for the required last class, Volunteer Orientation which will be held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building in Waterford Township.


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