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.
Why Become a Master Gardener?
As a member of the master gardener community you have the opportunity to interact with people having a wide range of horticultural interests and experiences. These interactions occur at monthly meetings, educational programs, project work, symposiums, field trips, and/or other events. In 2022, our county members volunteered over 2,500 hours to support their local communities. They also received over 750 hours of advanced training to remain informed on current trends and information.
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
- Butterfly Garden
- Lansing & Leavenworth Public Libraries
- Magnatech Park
- Basehor Library
- Fairgrounds Native Garden
- Basehor Elementary Garden Project
- Leavenworth County Fair
- Delaware Street/Landing Park Projects
- Speaker's Bureau
- Hotline Responses
- 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!!
The Leavenworth Garden Show 23 March 2023
Leavenworth County Master Gardener's Gardening Symposium 13 April 2023