Master Gardener Program


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Extension Master Gardener Program

Master Gardener Program

The North Dakota Extension Master Gardener Program is not an ordinary education program. An ordinary class would teach you the basics of horticulture. The Master Gardener Program goes beyond ordinary and invests in creating leaders to serve the needs of their communities. Master Gardeners become ambassadors to assist the Extension Service in providing scientifically accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice. Are you ready to be extraordinary?

2015 Master Gardener Core Course (for new students)

Dates: TBD

Time: Every Friday at 8:30am - 12:30pm (Central Time), or online to fit your lifestyle!

Registration for this course has not yet opened. If you are interested in joining us this fall please email to be added to the reminder list for August 2015.

Volunteer Hours and Continuing Education Reporting

North Dakota's Extension Master Gardeners and MG Interns really raised the bar in 2014! Those devoted to bringing the latest learning tools to ND spent over 1000 hours in the classroom updating their knowledge base. As well, volunteerism was up 44% from 2013. Master Gardeners donated 1,326 pounds of fresh produce to ND food pantries and  volunteered 3,876 hours which can be converted to over $92,000 of impact on ND communities. Special congratulations to Cass, Richland, Bottineau, Bureigh, and Ward Counties for contributing the most volunteer hours of the 22 counties that were represented in 2014.

Your NDMG Newsletter is The Dirt!

The Dirt is beginning to be sifted! Interested in submitting a column, photo, or tip? Interested in managing, editing, or designing? Any volunteer work you do for your newsletter will count towards fulfilling volunteer hour goals! Email us with your interest!


Master Gardener Coordinator/Extension Horticulturist:

Esther E. McGinnis, Ph.D.

North Dakota State University

Department of Plant Sciences

NDSU Dept. 7670

PO Box 6050

Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Phone:  701-231-7406



For More Information

Contact Esther McGinnis or her assistant, Shannon Ueker (; phone: (701) 231-7971

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