2020 Master Gardener General Training

2020 Master Gardener Volunteer Training


Master Gardener Volunteer Training is designed to provide student volunteers with 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 will be offered consisting of 19 sessions on the following dates:
  • February 26
  • March 4, 11, 25
  • April 8, 22, 29
  • May 6, 13, 20
  • June 3, 17, 24
  • July 8, 22, 29
  • August 12, 19, 26


Note: In 2021, the class will be offered on Monday evenings from 6-9pm.



The Master Gardener Volunteer Course, on average, requires at least 6 hours of weekly time commitment from February through August 2020  (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 completed by August 26 in order to be certified as a Master Gardener Volunteer.
Students are allowed to miss four classes and still graduate. Students must attend an orientation session before registration to be accepted into the program.
Course fee is $260.00.

2020 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
  • 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
  • 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.