About Master Gardeners

Extension Master Gardener Program

Extension Master Gardener (EMG) is an educational volunteer program sponsored by K-State Research and Extension for those who:
•     Enjoy learning about the various areas of horticulture
•     Enjoy being with others who share a common interest in gardening
•     Enjoy sharing their knowledge and experience to help others find answers to their    horticulture questions
•     Have time to volunteer

Master Gardeners are a vital part of K-State Research and Extension. Donating time in return for horticultural training, Master Gardeners help our county agents meet the need for horticultural information in their communities.

Volunteers are given 40+ hours of classroom and hands-on training on many horticulture topics, including: 
Basic Botany
Soils and Plant Nutrients
Composting and Yard Waste Recycling
Annuals, Perennials and Ornamental Grasses
Trees and Shrubs
Fruit, Vegetable and Herb Gardening
Organic Gardening
Landscape Design and Maintenance
Insect, Disease and Weed Identification and Management
Plant Propagation
Water Gardening

Classes are taught by K-State Research and Extension Horticulture Specialists, County Extension Agents, and other qualified personnel. Training sessions are held on Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Classes begin in September and run through mid December. 

Actual Master Gardener status is obtained after completion of the classroom training and volunteering a minimum of 40 hours to the Reno County Extension Master Gardener Program during the following growing season. 

The next Master Gardener Training class will begin in September. Applications will be available online in August including current year's class schedule. If you would like to be on the mailing list to receive these, please email or call the Extension Office at 620-662-2371 with your name and mailing address.

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