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Oct 172014

Welcome to the webpage for 2014-2015 Master Gardener students!  If you have questions about or need assistance with any of the following, please contact the MG assistant at


Information and updates will be posted here when relevant.


Handbook Chapters and Other Pertinent Publications

Class 5 – November 21, 2014

  • Review MG Chapter 5: Soils and Fertilizers
  • MG Chapter 18: Woody Landscape Plants
  • MG Chapter 19: Herbaceous Ornamentals

Other suggested reading (optional):

Homework Assignment:  Favorite ornamental grasses & Favorite groundcovers

 October 17, 2014
Advanced Master Gardener Program

The Advanced Master Gardener (AMG) Program is a series of in-depth classes for previously certified Idaho Master Gardeners to strengthen gardening skills and knowledge. Participants are expected to attend 36 hours of AMG classes and complete 30 hours of hands-on practicum.

Continuing Master Gardener Program

The Continuing Master Gardener (CMG) Program was developed for previously certified Idaho Master Gardeners with limited time to spend, but who wish to maintain their MG certification on year-to-year basis.  Participants are expected to attend 21 hours of CMG classes and complete 21 hours of hands-on practicum.

 July 3, 2013
The UI Extension Ada County office offers a variety of printable resources for those interested in horticulture and gardening.
 July 3, 2013

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, Tuesday, Wednesday:

  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, April
  • 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, May-August
  • 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, September

Please use one of the following forms when bringing specimens to the office:

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

  • Bring fresh samples, do not leave in vehicle for any length of time.
  • Trees-bring a branch approximately 12-18″ long showing the progression of the problem.
  • Turf-bring a 12″ square section from the edge of the problem area (showing a portion of the healthy & unhealthy), including 2-3″ of soil.
  • Weeds-bring whole plants with root system intact. Plants with flowers and/or seed heads are easier to identify.
  • Insects-bring in a closed container. Avoid bringing in crushed insects.

Please use the Information Request Form for all other questions or additional information not specific to the above categories.

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.

 July 3, 2013

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 volunteer hours to share their knowledge with others. Class begins in mid-September and goes through April.

What Idaho Master Gardeners Do:

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


Becoming an Idaho Master Gardener

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

  • Have an interest in gardening, horticulture and/or plant-related topics
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively with the public
  • Be willing to participate in 50 hours of class work and 50 hours of hands-on practicum

Learn more about the 2015 MG Application policies and job description.  Contact a UI Extension representative at or (208) 287-5900 with your questions.


 July 2, 2013