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Welcome!. Master Gardener Volunteer Training Orientation. Core Manual. Core Manual Supplement. Mission. The MSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains and coordinates volunteers to share gardening skills and information with Michigan citizens. .

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Mission

The MSU Master Gardener Volunteer Program trains and coordinates volunteers to share gardening skills and information with Michigan citizens.


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Their knowledge and skills, related to basic plant science and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Program Objectives and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

To provide instruction in basic horticulture science to motivated, active gardeners.

To provide MSU Extension with trained volunteers who will provide timely, accurate information to the public in the rapidly expanding area of home horticulture.


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Certification - Two Parts! and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Through Educational Training in a classroom setting.

Through Volunteering with MSUE in your community.


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Educational Training and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Rigorous core training lasts 13 weeks and is comprised of the following classes:


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Introduction to Plant Science and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Plant classification

Basic plant parts and functions

Growth and development of a plant

Plant propagation


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Soils for Plant Growth and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Define soil

Physical properties of soil

Essential plant nutrients and management of these nutrients

Environmental implications of soil management practices


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Lawn Care and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Selection and establishment

Cultural practices

Turfgrass pest problems and methods of control


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Tree Fruit Culture and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Tree fruit for Michigan

Factors to consider in planning a home orchard

Knowledge of primary pests and diseases


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Small Fruit Culture and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Growing requirements

Pruning requirements

Cultural characteristics

Pests and IPM techniques


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Flower Gardening and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs

Site selection

Soil preparation

Cultural management


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Household Pests and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Identify home-invading pests

Pest of people & pets

Control methods


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Plant Health Care and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Insect identification

Disease triangle

What is a pesticide

Alternatives to pesticides


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Vegetable Culture and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Soil preparation

Weed control

Warm & cool season crops

Fertilizer types & uses


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Woody Ornamentals and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Selection criteria for trees and shrubs

Pruning techniques

Weed management

Major problems


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Indoor Plants and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Light levels

Proper containers

Growing mediums

#1 killer of houseplants


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Educational Requirements and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Pass weekly take-home assignment with a cumulative average of 70% or better.

Take-home final exam score of 80% or better

Attendance at all class sessions unless other arrangements are made.


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Volunteer Requirement and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Provide 40 hours of horticulture-related service to your community.

Must be educational for others.

Can not be paid for service.


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Volunteering and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Minimum 20 hours of volunteer service to MSU; the Gardens, the State Master Gardener Office and other horticulture projects.

Remainder of 20 hours to projects whose objective is to increase horticultural-related knowledge in others in your community.


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Additionally… and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Because Master Gardener Volunteers often work with children and impaired adults as part of their volunteer activities, you are asked to provide your social security number or drivers license number allowing MSU to check any criminal history with the Michigan State Police.


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Master Gardener Volunteers and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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I-75 Rest Area and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Labor Day 2001 and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Instructing and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.Junior Master Gardeners


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Community Garden Project and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Monet Garden and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Staff Master Gardener Booth and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Helping Youth to Grow and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Composting Demonstration and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Public Parks and Gardens and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Garden Fairy Research and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.


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Certification and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

  • Complete 13 Week Educational Training

  • Complete 40 Volunteer Hours within 12 months

  • Recertification required annually


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Annual Recertification and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

Fifteen (15) hours of volunteering service

Five (5) continuing-education credits


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Check out our websites: and home gardening, enable these volunteers to improve the quality of life in their communities - by increasing people’s appreciation for and use of plants and by providing them with instruction on growing plants using environmentally sound practices.

http://web1.msue.msu.edu/mastergardener

www.mastergardenershoppingmall.com


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Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status.

Issued in furtherance of MSU Extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8, and June 30, 1914 in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture.

MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.


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