Master Gardener Volunteer Program
Oakland County, MichiganMSU ExtensionMaster Gardener Volunteer Program

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.

2017 Master Gardener Training Course

Registration is open for the Fall 2017 Master Gardener class.

Date: August 29, 2017 - December 5, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center
                28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
                Novi, MI 48377

You can get information on upcoming classes that are offered in other Michigan counties by going to the following link: 

Upcoming Master Gardener Programs in surrounding counties:
•Clinton Township (Macomb County)
Date: August 15, 2017 - November 14, 2017
•Harper Woods (Wayne County)
Date: August 22, 2017 - December 5, 2017

The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer leader training program for people who are enthusiastic about gardening, who wish to use what they learn to improve communities. Contact: 248-858-0880 or 



Impacts we've made in Oakland County
2015 Statewide Master Gardener Annual Report

2014 Master Gardener annual report
2013 Master Gardener annual report


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