Master Gardener Program


Upcoming Events
Garden Days 2019 Jun 22, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019 — International Peace Garden
Nourishing Water: EMG Awards Day Jun 22, 2019 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM — NDSU Alumni Center, Fargo, ND
5th Annual IPG Trip Jul 19, 2019 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM — International Peace Garden
ND State Horticultural Society Conference Jul 25, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019 — Baymont Inn & Suites, 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan, ND
NDSU Horticulture Research Field Day Aug 07, 2019 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM — near Absaraka, ND
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Thanks a Million!

NDSU Extension Master Gardeners have contributed over a $1,000,000 in volunteer service to North Dakota since 2013.

The Situation

As North Dakota’s population expands, the demand for horticultural expertise and services continues to grow. This demand cannot be met by Extension personnel alone. The Master Gardener Program was created to enhance NDSU Extension’s horticultural outreach into communities across the state.

Extension Response

Each year, NDSU Extension offers a 40-hour Master Gardener Core Course to train volunteers. The course covers a wide variety of topics such as flowering plants, trees and shrubs, soils, plant pathology, entomology, fruits, vegetable production, and integrated pest management. The course is taught by knowledgeable Extension faculty and agents. In exchange for this cutting-edge education, Master Gardeners agree to volunteer in cooperation with NDSU Extension in communities around the state. To become certified Master Gardeners, interns must complete 48 hours of volunteer service over two years. Certified Master Gardeners must then volunteer 20 hours per year to maintain certification.


Master Gardeners use their education to volunteer in their communities. They answer gardening questions in Extension offices, organize horticultural workshops, give talks and demonstrations, grow food for the pantries, and teach children the joys of gardening. Other Master Gardeners beautify the state by designing and maintaining community, school, and church gardens. Special statewide projects include designing and maintaining pollinator gardens to teach the public about pollinator habitat conservation. Public institutions such as zoos, historical sites and museums also greatly benefit from the generosity of Master Gardeners.

Between 2013 and 2018, Master Gardeners donated 44,574 hours to horticultural-based community service. Using a commonly used value of volunteer service, the value totals $1,113,956.

Value of Master Gardener Volunteer Service


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*Hourly value of volunteer service from Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time in North Dakota

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