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.
January 2017 Master Gardener Training (Registration Open Soon!)
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 Lynne Shull at 248-858-0887 with questions.
Impacts we've made in Oakland County
2014 Master Gardener annual report
2013 Master Gardener annual report
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