HORTICULTURE IN SAUK COUNTY
What is the Master Gardener Program?
In the Master Gardener Program, you receive 36 – 50 hours of horticultural training with Cooperative Extension university specialists, faculty, and local experts. The course fee includes instructional materials, which you keep.
To become a certified Master Gardener, you must attend the designated training sessions, volunteer time to your community, and pass a final exam. To remain certified, each year you will need to take 10 hours of additional training and volunteer 24 hours of your time.
Who can participate?
Any adult (18 years or older) can participate in the Master Gardener Program – no previous experience or training is necessary, although many people do have some horticultural experience.
What programs are offered?
There are two types of Master Gardener Programs in Wisconsin – a general program and a specialized program.
The general program consists of a minimum of 36 hours of training covering all aspects of horticulture. This program is normally offered in the fall. The next classes will begin in August – contact Phyllis Both at the Sauk County UW Extension Office, (608) 355-3253 if you are interested in participating.
Beyond the initial training, the Master Gardener Program offers updated sessions for members who have completed either the general or the specialized program. Also, statewide, regional, and international conferences provide additional learning opportunities.