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Find a Master Gardener Program

Looking to find an Extension Master Gardener program in your state? Nearly all Master Gardener programs in the United States administer training through a state land-grant university and its Cooperative Extension Service, and are considered Extension Master Gardener programs. Extension Master Gardeners receive and recommend university and research-based information through the Cooperative Extension System.

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What We Do

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Donation

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Volunteer

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About us

The Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program was started in 1972 in Washington state.  Dr. David Gibby trained volunteers with a passion for gardening to assist Extension with consumer horticulture education in the community. This unique volunteer program has become internationally recognized and often duplicated as a model for other volunteer programs. Today, Extension Master Gardener programs exist in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, several Canandian provinces, and South Korea.

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GROWING PEOPLE, PLANTS AND PARTNERSHIPS

86,076 Volunteers

Extension Master Gardener is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the country with more than 86,076 volunteers in 49 states. EMG serves as a model for many other volunteer organizations.

5.6 Million Volunteer Hours

On average, active certified EMG volunteers donate 60 hours per year. In 2018, EMG volunteers donated over 5.6 million hours to their local Master Gardener programs.

8.6 Million Contacts

Extension Master Gardener volunteers make face-to-face contact with over 8.6 million people across the United States. Clientele is served through helplines, workshops, plant clinics and more.

Urgent Causes

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Do you like to grow plants, help people & support your community? Become an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer!

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Upcoming Events

Join Extension Master Gardener volunteers and colleagues from around the nation at one of these engaging conferences.  Creating connections within our Extension Master Gardener community is an enriching and rewarding experience that benefits everyone.

2023 International Master Gardener Conference

June 18-22, 2023
Overland Park, KS

Please join us for the 2023 International Master Gardener Conference hosted by the Johnson County Research and Extension Master Gardeners, June 18-22, 2023 in…

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2022 Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference

September 20-22, 2022
Savannah, GA

The 2022 Extension Master Gardener National Coordinators’ Conference is a professional development opportunity for state and county Extension Master Gardener Coordinators from across the…

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This work is supported by New Technologies for Agriculture Extension grant no. 2015-41595-24254 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.