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Each year, Idaho gardeners by the hundreds make a very special commitment to their neighbors, their communities, their environment and themselves. They agree to give at least 50 volunteer hours where they share their knowledge with others. In return, they get 60 or more hours of intensive, fast-paced training from UI Extension.

What Idaho Master Gardeners Do:

  • Answer horticultural questions by telephone or in person
  • Teach classes for civic organizations, church groups, garden clubs and schools
  • Promote environmental responsibility
  • Bring the joy of gardening to both children and adults


Becoming an Idaho Master Gardener

To apply for the Idaho Master Gardener Program, you should meet a few minimal requirements:

  • Have an interest in and some knowledge of basic gardening, horticulture and plant-related topics.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public.
  • Available to participate in 60 hours of class work and 50 hours of volunteer work

Learn more about the Master Gardener Program policies and job description.  Contact a UI Extension representative at or (208) 287-5900 with questions.


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Advanced Master Gardener Program

The Advanced Master Gardener (AMG) program is a series of in-depth classes to help Idaho Master Gardeners strengthen gardening skills and knowledge. Participants are expected to attend 40 hours of AMG classes and complete 30 hours of hands-on practicum.

Each year the advanced class is held at the UI Extension, Ada County office. In order to participate, you must be a certified Idaho Master Gardener, please contact the UI Extension, Ada County office for details.

Junior Master Gardener Program

The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program helps to grow good kids by igniting a passion for learning, success and service through a unique gardening education. JMG inspires youths to be of service to others through leadership development and service learning projects and rewards them with certification and recognition.

To participate in the JMG program, visit the national JMG website or contact the UI Extension, Ada County office.

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The UI Extension Ada County office offers a variety of printable resources for those interested in horticulture and gardening. Business forms are also available.


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The UI Extension, Ada County office and website offer a variety of horticulture and gardening resources. Please see the information below or contact Ada County directly.

Services Offered

When bringing specimens into the office, follow the instructions found below. We do not perform post mortems as it is extremely hard to identify problems with dead material.

  • Insect identification: Free
  • Plant and weed identification: Free
  • Pest control recommendations: Free
  • Plant diagnostics: Free
  • University of Idaho soil test: $35.00 (Our office provides soil test kits; the test is sent by the customer to the U of I.)
Diagnostic Clinic

The Diagnostic Clinic hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm., mid-spring through fall.   Please use the Diagnostic Submission Form when bringing specimens to the office.

How to Submit a Plant/Insect for Diagnosing or Identification:

  • Bring as much of the plant as possible, showing the problem area as well as a healthy portion for comparison.
  • Bring fresh samples, do not leave in vehicle for any length of time.
  • Turf Sample – bring a 5 inch square section including roots.
  • Insects – bring in a closed container. Avoid bringing in crushed insects.
  • Weeds – bring whole plants with root system intact. Plants with flowers and/or seed heads are easier to identify.
Soil Test

Soil test kits are available at the UI Extension, Ada County office. Soil samples are gathered and prepared according to the directions provided with the kits and mailed to the University of Idaho. When you receive your results please call the UI Extension, Ada County office for help interpreting the results.

Resource Links:

Community Gardening Classes
FREE 2014 Composting Presentations

(UI and Foothills Learning Center)

Turn that kitchen and yard waste into “Black Gold.”  Learn how to reduce waste and improve your garden’s soil through home composting.  Even if you don’t have a yard, we will teach you how to compost with worms, a great option for apartment dwellers and non-gardeners alike!  Pre-registration is not required.  Call 493-2530 with questions.

DATE & TIME:   Thursday, April 17; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION:        JH Foothills Learning Center (3188 Sunset Peak Road, Boise)

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, May 15; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION:       Library! at Collister (4724 W State Street, Boise)

DATE & TIME:   Thursday, June 19; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION:        Library! at Hillcrest (5246 W Overland Road, Boise)

DATE & TIME:   Thursday, July 17; 6:00-7:30 p.m.
LOCATION:        Library! at Cole & Ustick (7557 W Ustick Road, Boise)

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