Master Gardener Program


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Extension 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 North Dakota Extension Service in providing scientifically accurate and environmentally sustainable horticultural advice. Are you ready to be extraordinary?

Master Gardener Program

2019 Core Course and Pro-Hort Course

The 2019 NDSU Extension Master Gardener Core Course and Professional Horticulture Course dates have been set. We hope you'll apply to join us Fridays, January 18 - March 29, 2019 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (c.d.t.) (no class March 15). Which one of our course options works best for you?

The Core Course offers Master Gardener Certification by volunteering 48 hours over two years in cooperation with NDSU Extension Service in your home county. MG's remain active by meeting annual volunteer requirements. Active status allows for invitations to conferences, private learning opportunities, and group trips. On October 1, 2018, ND counties accepting applications for the Core Course will be announced and the application period for the course will be open until October 29, 2018.

The Pro-Hort Course offers the same information as the Core Course to benefit your career or for personal use. Pro-Hort students may not represent themselves as NDSU Extension Master Gardeners, are not required to volunteer, and are not invited to participate in exclusive Master Gardener events.The application period for the Pro-Hort course will be October 1 through October 29, 2018.

Please use SignUpGenius to register for a direct link to the application when it opens on Monday, October 1, 2018.

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2017 Growing Season Award Recipients Announced

Fresh and inspiring ideas were shared in Fargo during Master the Journey: Conference 2018. As part of the three-day meeting, an awards banquet was held on the evening of Friday, July 13, 2018 to acknowledge all the Extension Master Gardeners who contributed to the 2017 state-wide volunteer service totals and to honor those MG's whose special projects and contributions above and beyond earned them one of nine annual awards. For a list of honorees and photos from the event, please visit the Master the Journey webpage.

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 Shannon Ueker, Extension Administrative Assistant (; phone: (701) 231-7971

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