Oakland County, Michigan/MSU Extension/Yard & Garden/Master Gardener Volunteer Program

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.
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.


    Master Gardener Training Course

    Information regarding state-wide training locations, qualifications and registration info can be found at https://www.canr.msu.edu/master_gardener_volunteer_program/join-us/

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

    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  msue.oakland@county.msu.edu.