General Training


Master Gardener Volunteer Training

Master Gardener Volunteer Training  is designed to provide student volunteers a solid foundation in many aspects of horticulture to assist in their community service activities. Click here for more information about the Dane County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
In Dane County, a Wednesday morning class (9:00am-Noon) will offered from February to August. The course consists of 16 sessions with classes held every other week. Students are allowed to miss three classes and still graduate. Students must attend an informational interview before registration. Course fee is $240.00.

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The Master Gardener Volunteer Course, on average, requires at least 6 hours of weekly time commitment from February through August 2016 (including some weekend hours). In addition to studying and attending class, the course also requires a minimum of 24 community volunteer service hours to be certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer. Students are also expected to continue in the volunteer program for a minimum of 3 years. Please consider this commitment before you sign up for the program.

View the 2016 brochure for class details

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Subjects covered in the seventeen-session general training course include:

  • February 24  Master Gardener Volunteer Orientation
  • March 9        Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
  • March 23      Plant Propagation, Plant Processes
  • March 30      Soils and Composting
  • April 13         School Gardens/Teaching Children
  • April 27         Introduction to Plant Diseases
  • May 4           Insects, Pesticide Safety
  • May 18         Introduction to Weed ID and Invasive Plants
  • May 25         Tree & Shrub Planting and Pruning
  • June 8          Introduction to Vegetables, Vegetable Diseases, Insects
  • June 22        Perennial Flowers
  • June 29        Annual Flowers
  • July 13         Fruit Trees
  • July 27         Organic Techniques
  •  August 3     Houseplants, Phenology
  • August 10    Growing Berries, Lawn Care


All classes are held at the Dane County Extension Office at 5201 Fen Oak Dr on Madison’s east side off Agriculture Drive near Stoughton Road and the Beltline. Rm A/B 1st floor.