The Master Gardeners of St. Clair County is a volunteer organization that exists to promote gardening and the beauty of nature.  Our members teach others about gardening, work in the community flower and vegetable gardens, donate money to worthy projects, and are consultants for gardening questions and problems.  If we don't know it, we know where to look it up!

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Spring Symposium 2019, “Turning Over a New Leaf”

This year’s lineup is sure to entice anyone interested in gardening. We are bringing in four very big names in the gardening world. How lucky are we year after year to meet such incredible people and have a chance to get a book signed or have a quick conversation with such knowledgeable people.

This year’s Symposium is selfishly covering an area of gardening very near to my heart: Garden renovation. Since I have such established gardens, where do I start? Bobbie Swartz will be addressing this topic for me/us. How do you choose which to keep and which should go, and more importantly what do I replace them with.

This entire Symposium is for us, the established gardeners looking for the best placement, selection and replacement to obtain the garden of our dreams.

Our other three speakers are speaking on:

The best trees and shrubs new and old, those worthy of our limited real estate, by Andrew Bunting.

Perennials worth making room for new and old, by Kelly Norris. Perennials that have proven themselves to return and perform year after year. Who are they?

Coming to us all the way from the Netherlands, Jacqueline van der Kloet, will speak on bulbs for multiple seasons and using them to layer your garden.

Of course I have enjoyed all of our symposiums but I do believe this is the one that will ring home to many of us who struggle trying to get that impact, that WOW in our garden.

Like I have said we are incredibly lucky to have access to the Who’s Who in the gardening world. Some run departments at universities, own their own businesses within the landscape/gardening world, some write books, explore and hybridize, some of them are professors, but all of them have many things to teach us!

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Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

Qualifications for Trainees:

1.     Must be 18 years of age or older.

2.     Have an enthusiasm for gardening.

3.     Be willing to commit to completing at least 40 hours of community-based volunteer service through horticulture activities.

4.     Posses a willingness to educate others in the community about environmentally and economically sound practices.

Steps for Becoming a MSU Extension Master Gardener  

1.     Find a scheduled training location under Upcoming Training Locations and click on the link to enroll for the appropriate class location.

o    Please note: The enrollment process includes payment (check or credit card) of a $300 registration fee and completion of the online application.

2.     Complete the required 14-week training program.

3.     Within one year of successfully completing the training program, complete 40 hours of horticulture-based service volunteering to share research-based garden knowledge with others in your community.

4.     Maintain your MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteer status by completing at least 15 hours of community service and five hours of education each year.

Here is a complete list of upcoming classes around the state.

Benefits of Becoming an Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteer:

Benefits of Becoming an Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteer:

1.     Receive research-based training and instruction on 14 major horticulture topics and environmentally sound practices.

2.     Have the chance to improve the quality of life and inspire others in your communities through service-based horticulture activities.

3.     Earn the title of certified MSU Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteer and receive Master Gardener Program certification and name badge.

4.     Enjoy access to exclusive MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture Program workshops and events. (e.g. Master Gardener College)

5.     Work toward additional recognition opportunities. (e.g. Advanced EMG certification and volunteer hour recognition)

If you have questions about the training and requirements please contact the person listed for the class location you are interested in participating in.