Master gardeners encourage residents to make a resolution to get involved in gardening

Are you looking to volunteer more this year? Maybe you would like to be more active or spend more time outside? Consider joining the Master Gardener program in 2019.

Master Gardeners are a group of caring, supportive and nurturing volunteers who have a desire to learn about gardening and nature and share research-based horticulture information with the public.

Whether someone is a beginner or experienced gardener, they can take the training course to work toward honing their skills while giving back to their community.

Trainees attend class one day a week for ten weeks. Each session covers a different garden-related topic, such as fruits, plant diseases, insects, annuals and perennials, vegetables and shrubs.

Classes will begin on January 23 in Champaign and January 29 in Danville. 

Training costs $200 to cover the cost of materials, including an award-winning Master Gardener Manual, which is yours to keep.

To learn more and to apply for Champaign County training, go to or contact the Champaign office at 217-333-7672.

To learn more and to apply for Vermilion County training, go to or contact the Danville office at 217-442-8615.

Over 3,200 Master Gardeners statewide share a mission to provide horticulture education through volunteering.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.

If someone needs a reasonable accommodation to participate, please contact your Extension Office.


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