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

Oakland County will be offering a spring class in March..

To enroll in the MSU Extension Master Gardener Master Gardener training course, complete the online registration and agreement forms​. Payment is required at the time of enrollment.  ​

Your class seat is not reserved until payment in full is received and processed by MSU.
Location:​Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center
2100 Pontiac Lake Road
Waterford, MI 48328
​When:​Thursdays, 5:30 – 9:30 pm​
March 9 - June 15, 201
Cost:​$300, including 1,000-page training manual.
There are no other out-of-pocket costs.
Payments:​Check or credit card.
Deadlines:​Registration: Feb. 24, 217.
Payment by check:Feb. 17, 2017.
 Payment by credit card: Feb. 24, 2017 

For more information or to register visit:​

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 


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

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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