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Do you have a love for spending hours planting and tending to your backyard garden? Do you have a knack for teaching and enjoy sharing your knowledge with others? If gardening is your passion, and you would like to be part of a team that contributes to keeping Illinois communities educated and beautiful, consider becoming a University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener.
There are nearly 3,400 Master Gardener volunteers in Illinois. Each year, they reach thousands of people and are a valuable source to many schools, communities, youth programs and farmers markets. They teach classes and workshops, answer telephone inquiries about home horticulture, guide planting and educational demonstrations in community and school gardens, represent the program at the county and state fair, and work with many community organizations to convey up-to-date, research-based gardening information.
To become a Master Gardener, you must apply and be accepted into your local county Extension program. Upon acceptance, volunteers take the Master Gardener Core Training. After completing the core course, Master Gardener interns are required to volunteer a minimum of 60 hours over two years in their community.
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