2018 General Training

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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 be offered consisting of 19 sessions on the following dates:

  • Feb 21, 28
  • March 7, 21, 28
  • April 4, 18, 25
  • May 2, 16, 23
  • June 6, 20, 27
  • July 11, 25
  • Aug 1, 15, 29
 Students are allowed to miss four classes and still graduate. Students must attend an informational interview before registration to be accepted into the program. Course fee is $260.00.

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The Master Gardener Volunteer Course, on average, requires at least 6 hours of weekly time commitment from February through August 2018 (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 three years. Please consider this commitment before you sign up for the program.

2018 Master Gardener Volunteer Training Brochure

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Subjects covered in the 19-session Level 1 training course include (not necessarily in this order):

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Orientation
  • Plant Anatomy and Taxonomy
  • Plant Propagation
  • Soils and Composting
  • School Gardens/Teaching Children
  • Introduction to Plant Diseases
  • Insects
  • Introduction to Weed ID and Invasive Plants
  • Tree Planting and Pruning
  • Introduction to Vegetables, Vegetable Diseases, Insects
  • Perennial Flowers
  • Annual Flowers, Lawn Care
  • Fruit Trees, Phenology
  • Organic Vegetable Techniques
  • Houseplants
  • Shrub Pruning
  • Native Plants and Pollinators
  • Landscape Design, Plant Processes
  • Wildlife, Pesticide Safety


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.