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Master Gardener Volunteer Program

Master Gardener volunteers teach children on various subject areas.Participants in the Master Gardener Program attend classes learning basic horticultural principles and environmentally-sound gardening practices.  They then provide a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer service to their community.

The Master Gardener course provides an overview of these major horticultural subjects in a classroom setting:

  • Plant Science - The basic biology of plants and how they grow and reproduce.  Learn the various plant tissues and organs and how they relate to horticultural interest and value.
  • Soil Science - Basic concepts of soil structure, pH, chemistry and fertility as well as fertilizers and soil amendments.
  • Flower Gardening - The selection, care and maintenance of annuals, biennials and perennials in the landscape.
  • Household Pests & Wildlife - Basic biology and control of common household pests and wildlife in the home landscape.
  • Indoor Plants - Growing plants not adapted to our climate in a controlled environment such as a home or greenhouse.
  • Plant Health Care - Dealing with insect, disease and environmental problems using a wide range of alternatives including, but not limited to, chemical pesticides.
  • Lawn Care - Selection, installation and maintenance of turfgrass adapted to Michigan lawns.
  • Small Fruit - Culture and care of strawberries, grapes, blueberries and raspberries in the home garden.
  • Tree Fruit - Selection, planting, pruning and care of apples, pears, peaches, cherries and other fruit in the home orchard.
  • Vegetable Gardening - Growing cool and warm season vegetables in Michigan gardens including season-extending options.
  • Woody Ornamentals - Selection, planting, pruning and care of ornamental trees and shrubs in the home landscape.


Online registration for the winter 2014 training is now open.  The winter 2014 Master Gardener class series will be held Thursday evenings, 6-10 pm in Novi beginning on January 23 and ending April 24, 2014.  The training location is:  MSU Tollgate Education Conference Center, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi, MI 48377.  Cost of the 13-week program is $300, which includes the 1,000-page training manual.    The last day to register online is January 9, 2014.  Click here to register and for further class details.

For further information contact Linda Smith, 248-858-0887.


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