Master Gardener Volunteer Program
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.
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.