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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.


 July 2, 2013
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.

 July 3, 2013