What is a Master Gardener?
Master Gardeners are a vital part of K-State Research and Extension. Donating time in return for horticultural training, Master Gardeners help our county agents meet the need for horticultural information in their communities. The means of providing this information is diverse including horticultural "hotlines", demonstration gardens, working garden shows, public presentations and providing tours. The function of the Leavenworth County Master Gardeners as well as the roles and responsibilities of the group's Board of Directors are governed by the by-laws.
What Does a Master Gardener Do?
Master Gardeners volunteer time to educate and advise the public on gardening and horticulture, and participate in gardening related projects and community events. Here in Leavenworth County, Master Gardeners have 12 different project areas:
- Herb Garden
- Rose Garden
- Butterfly Garden
- Delaware Planters Project
- Lansing Public Library
- Magnatech Park
- Basehor Library
- Leavenworth Public Library
- Basehor Elementary Garden Project
- Leavenworth County Fair
- Speaker's Bureau
- 4-H Horticulture Judging
How Do I become a Master Gardener?
Every fall, a Master Gardener training class is offered. Leavenworth County partners with Wyandotte County during this training process. The training consists of a 48 hour class, taught every Tuesday from 9 am to 4 pm at the Wyandotte County K-State Research & Extension office by KSU Extension faculty and staff. Cost of the training is $100 which includes your Master Gardener Handbook, a t-shirt and our name badge. Trainees receive education on a variety of topics, such as basic botany, soils, fertility, turf grass, landscape management, ornamental trees and shrubs, herbaceous plants, vegetable gardening, indoor gardening, pest management, and plant pathology. After completion of the training, trainees are required to complete at least 40 hours of volunteer service during their initial year as a Master Gardener. After the first year, Master Gardeners retain their certification by completing 20 hours of volunteer service and 10 hours of continuing education.
Interested in joining our next Master Gardener Class or simply want more information regarding our Master Gardner program, fill out an interest form and one of our Master Gardeners will be in touch!!