welcome l.
Skip this Video
Loading SlideShow in 5 Seconds..
Welcome! PowerPoint Presentation
Download Presentation

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 39

Welcome! - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

  • Uploaded on

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. .

I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Welcome!' - Pat_Xavi

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript

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


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.

program objectives
Program Objectives

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.

certification two parts
Certification - Two Parts!

Through Educational Training in a classroom setting.

Through Volunteering with MSUE in your community.

educational training
Educational Training

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

introduction to plant science
Introduction to Plant Science

Plant classification

Basic plant parts and functions

Growth and development of a plant

Plant propagation

soils for plant growth
Soils for Plant Growth

Define soil

Physical properties of soil

Essential plant nutrients and management of these nutrients

Environmental implications of soil management practices

lawn care
Lawn Care

Selection and establishment

Cultural practices

Turfgrass pest problems and methods of control

tree fruit culture
Tree Fruit Culture

Tree fruit for Michigan

Factors to consider in planning a home orchard

Knowledge of primary pests and diseases

small fruit culture
Small Fruit Culture

Growing requirements

Pruning requirements

Cultural characteristics

Pests and IPM techniques

flower gardening
Flower Gardening

Perennials, annuals, biennials, bulbs

Site selection

Soil preparation

Cultural management

household pests
Household Pests

Identify home-invading pests

Pest of people & pets

Control methods

plant health care
Plant Health Care

Insect identification

Disease triangle

What is a pesticide

Alternatives to pesticides

vegetable culture
Vegetable Culture

Soil preparation

Weed control

Warm & cool season crops

Fertilizer types & uses

woody ornamentals
Woody Ornamentals

Selection criteria for trees and shrubs

Pruning techniques

Weed management

Major problems

indoor plants
Indoor Plants

Light levels

Proper containers

Growing mediums

#1 killer of houseplants

educational requirements
Educational Requirements

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.

volunteer requirement
Volunteer Requirement

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

Must be educational for others.

Can not be paid for service.


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.


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.

  • Complete 13 Week Educational Training
  • Complete 40 Volunteer Hours within 12 months
  • Recertification required annually
annual recertification
Annual Recertification

Fifteen (15) hours of volunteering service

Five (5) continuing-education credits

check out our websites
Check out our websites:




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.