master the garden

Gardening can have impact

positive and negative on the environment, so take your skill and knowledge to the ‘next level’ and become aware of environmental protection and improvement practices.

This series will direct you to becoming a Master Gardener and practice sustainable gardening and inspire you to continue your journey to Horticultural Certification and beyond!

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So whether you are studying to improve your personal knowledge, Master Gardener Program, Certification of Professional Horticulture, or preparing to take the Arborist examination, these post can give you insight as to what to expect. They are not inclusive of every subject and skill required , but combined with hands on experience, additional reading, and if you have the opportunity to attend classes offered by your master Gardener Extension, International Arboriculture Society (these are a little pricy), or even classes offered by your local nursery it will inhance your sucess in all endeavors.

tip! I found a thorough knowledge of the terms and meanings was a giant leap toward success on my exams. I used a flashcard system and also an online flashcard application for my phone (CRAM) so I could study on the go.

part one botany basics: plant life cycles

part two botany basics: internal and external plant parts

With gardening and horticulture you could and you should learn something every day.”

David Cook, UT Extension Agent

‘the dirt’ on Master Gardeners

To find your local Master Gardener Program visit:


Master Gardeners love gardening. They have a passion for sharing this knowledge and enthusiasm with their community but despite the esteemed title – they do not have a master’s degree in gardening. Program volunteers take approximately 40 hours of classes and are exposed to basic knowledge in every aspect of horticulture


Master Gardener programs are all about Community Service and spreading the word through demonstration gardens, educational booths at farmers markets and fairs, and connecting with the public, one-on-one through school programs and garden clinics


Opportunity to expand knowledge and experience but also to make a difference through programs to promote conservation and sustainability, heal the sick, preserve history, and bring the outside in for children and seniors

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