Extension Master Gardeners

The Extension Master Gardener Program is a Kansas State University Extension program, which provides horticultural training to individuals who then volunteer as Extension Master Gardeners in their communities. Our local program started in 1989.

What does an Extension Master Gardener Do?

An Extension Master Gardener talks to people about plants and gardening. If you like people and plants and are willing to learn and then share your knowledge with others, you can become an Extension Master Gardener. Trainees receive education on a variety of topics, such as basic botany, soils, fertility, turf grass, landscape management, ornamental trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, vegetable gardening, indoor gardening, pest management, and plant pathology.

After completion of the training, trainees are required to complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service during their initial year as an Extension Master Gardener. Extension Master Gardeners volunteer time to educate and advise the public on gardening and horticulture, and participate in gardening related projects and community events.

Impact of Extension Master Gardeners

In 2021, almost 1200 Extension Master Gardeners volunteered 91,000 hours for an average of 76 hours per person.

How Do I become an Extension Master Gardener?

Anyone with an interest in horticulture can apply for the Extension Master Gardener Program if it is active in your county. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener Program may be for you.


  • You need to be available for about 40 to 50 hours of training your first year. The number of hours required varies with county. The delivery of training (i.e. in-person trainings versus on-line trainings) will also vary by country.
  • You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
  • Enjoy sharing your love of gardening with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects.

To become an Extension Master Gardener, you will need to contact your local Extension office for more information. Click here (http://www.ksre.k-state.edu/Map.aspx) for the contact information for your county. See this page for a map of counties with active Extension Master Gardener Programs.

Extension Master Gardener Online Training

For current Extension Master Gardeners In-Training, you may access your on-line training modules here.

Volunteer Service On-Line Reporting System

For current Extension Master Gardeners In-Training, you may access your on-line reporting here.
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