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About the Program

The University of Idaho Extension, Bonner County Idaho Master Gardener Volunteer Program consists of dedicated volunteers who provide information to Bonner County residents through classes, field days, plant problem solving, demonstration gardens and other activities. They recognize the value of learning while serving as volunteers. Volunteers receive training to prepare them for the volunteer phase.

We are recruiting for the next group of volunteers. The next class will begin in February of 2015.  Through the Idaho Master Gardener training sessions you will become knowledgeable about a wide array of horticultural subjects.  This knowledge will increase your skills as well as enable you to assist fellow gardeners with horticultural questions.


Interested? Please call the Bonner County Extension for more information. 263-8511


Idaho Master Gardener Program Bonner County Brochure

 September 30, 2013
 September 30, 2013
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General Information

For general information on how to grow cultivated plants in Idaho, we recommend you browse the following resources:

gardening classPlant Clinic Guidelines

Our plant clinic distributes growing information and solves problems concerning cultivated plants, including vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornamental plants.

Insect identification requests will first be examined by our Idaho Master Gardener volunteers who will determine if it is a damaging or poisonous insect. If it is not, and the client still wants the insect identified, it will be sent to the UI insect identification laboratory, which takes about 2 weeks.

gardening classIdaho Master Gardeners are not trained in the following areas:

(Please contact these agencies with specific questions)

Native Plant Identification

Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society
PO Box 1092
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Forest and Indigenous Trees – identification and problem-solving

Sandpoint Ranger District
gardening class1500 Hwy 2, Suite 110
Sandpoint, ID, 83864-9509
Phone: (208) 263-5111
Fax: (208) 265-6670

Idaho Department of Lands
Pend Orielle Supervisory Area
2550 Hwy 2 West
Sandpoint ID 83864
Phone: (208) 263-5104

Rodents, Including Gophers and Moles

Please do not bring in samples. Idaho Master Gardeners can identify the problem through a description of the mounds made by a rodent. Information on garden rodent control can be found at the Idaho Landscapes and Gardens website. 

This year, selected garden center personnel are being trained in plant identification, cultural requirements and problem solving. If we are being overwhelmed with questions, we may not be able to serve you as quickly as you would like. In that case, please refer to one of the following local garden centers which have trained personnel on staff:

All-Seasons Garden Center
31831 Highway 200 E
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Phone: (208) 265-2944 ‎

Ponderay Garden Center
477703 Highway 95
Ponderay, ID 83852
Phone: (208) 255-4200 ‎

Moose Valley Garden Center
138 Latigo Lane (Highway 95 Milepost 495.5)
Naples, ID 83847
Phone: (208) 267-5108

Sample Submission Guidelines

In order for us to assure accuracy and speed, please follow these guidelines closely.

Plant and Weed Identification

  • Samples should include flowers or fruit, leaves and stems
  • For woody trees and shrubs, submit a 1-2 foot section of a branch
  • For non-woody (herbaceous) plants, submit an entire plant if possible
  • Wrap plants in a dry paper towel and place in a gallon Ziploc bag

Plant Damage Samples

  • Submit several plant parts with varying degrees of severity
  • Include one healthy sample if possible
  • If a branch is partially affected, bring in a section where it changes from healthy to unhealthy
  • Wrap plants in a dry paper towel and place in a gallon Ziploc bag

Insect Identification

  • Submit several specimens if possible


 September 30, 2013