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.
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
- 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
- Organic Vegetable Techniques
- Native Plants and Pollinators
- Landscape Design
- Plant Processes
- Pesticide Safety