The Master Gardener Program opens the door for many types of learning opportunities.

Level One Training: Foundations in Horticulture

Level 1 training is a minimum of 36 hours of in-depth classroom training on a variety of topics including botany basics, soils, pest management, insects, diseases, weeds, and much more. This is intended to provide a basic understanding of horticultural concepts necessary to complete the volunteer service required for certification, as well as learning where to acquire additional information and resources in order to answer questions.

Level 1 Training is only offered through the local county UW-Extension offices, so PLEASE contact your local county UW-Extension office to find out the schedule and specific details of the training class where you live! The Level 1 training site is open to the general public but you can only earn your Master Gardener certification by enrolling and completing training through a local program.

List of Counties Tentatively Offering Training

Level Two Training: Various Topics

Level 2 training is a series of 5-10 session online programs on specific topics provided through the MG Program Office in the spring (January – April). Certified MGVs may take the training online from home. Past topics have included: horticultural therapy, invasive species, urban forestry, community gardens, flowers, and landscape design.

Level 1 training is a prerequisite for all of these courses and you must be a currently certified MGV (you reported your hours for the year). Registration information is provided ONLY in the monthly Volunteer Vibe newsletter emailed to certified and intern MGVs.

Some counties may offer Level 2 training as a group activity or offer their own independent programs with different topics. Check with your local county UW-Extension office to see if they will be hosting Level 2 Training this year.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Continuing education (CE or professional development) is a way for MGVs to learn more after Level 1 training and keep up with the latest horticultural information. Policies on what counts as CE vary by area. Check with your County Coordinator (usually the county UW-Extension agent) to be sure of what is acceptable in your county.

CE may include:

Horticulture Articles

Most of the horticulture information articles posted on this site also can be read for CE credit (0.5 hours each) if approved by the local County Coordinator. To get CE, you must note in the comments a specific thing you learned. If there is no comments box, that article cannot be used for CE (these include articles about botanic gardens, All-America Selections winners and a few others).

Horticulture Information Articles

Educational Travel Study Programs

The MG Program Office offers selected garden or horticultural educational tours to various destinations.

Educational Travel Study Programs