University of Vermont

UVM Extension Master Gardener Course

The information below is from the 2017 course. Course structure, dates, times and content are subject to change for the 2018 course.
Please email master.gardener@uvm.edu to be put on the mailing list for the 2018 course.

The 13-week course will be offered statewide through Zoom video conferencing. Interested students can sign up and simply log in from their home computers! The live interactive webinars held from 6:15 pm until 9:00 pm on Tuesday evenings will allow students to interact with faculty on-screen to ask questions, while archived recordings of the classes will be available for students who prefer to watch at their convenience. Some local Extension Master Gardener Chapters may host several (optional) group viewing sessions for students at locations statewide.

Course Content

The course covers a wide range of subject matter including backyard vegetable gardening, perennials and annuals, soil fertility and tree care. You also will learn from UVM Extension and the horticulture industry experts about landscape and botany basics, pest and plant disease control, rain gardens, sustainable landscape practices and other topics geared to help you become a more informed gardener.

Instructors

  • Margaret Skinner-UVM Extension, Entomologist
  • Amy Ivy - Vegetable Specialist, Cornell University
  • Jane Sorensen-River Berry Farm
  • Ann Hazelrigg - Plant Pathologist for UVM Extension and Instructor
  • Sid Bosworth - UVM Extension and Professor, Weed Management
  • Terry Bradshaw - Director of UVM's Horticultural Research Center, Research Associate for Plant and Soil Science
  • Vern Grubinger - UVM Extension, Berry & Vegetable Specialist/NE SARE Coordinator
  • Wendy Sue Harper - WSH Consulting, Soil Scientist and previous Professor at UVM
  • Judith Irven - UVM Extension Master Gardener, Vermont Landscape and Garden Designer
  • Rebecca (Becky) Tharp - Green Infrastructure Collaborative, University of Vermont
  • Elizabeth Spinney - VT Dept. of Forests, Parks and Recreation
  • Rebecca (Becky) Maden, UVM Extension Vegetable Nutrient Management Specialist
  • Elise Schadler - UVM Extension Urban and Community Forestry

Course Manual

The Master Gardener Course manual is provided to students in an online pdf format only. Students are welcome to download the document and print it at a local printing/copying company.

Computer Use

All of the content for this course is provided online using Zoom. You will need basic computer skills, such as knowing how to download files and search the Internet to access the materials successfully. If you have Internet access and can hear sound through your computer, you should be able to participate or watch recordings regardless of the type of computer or operating system you use.


Course Requirements

Track 1:  Extension Master Gardener Course and (EMG) Volunteer Certification

Upon completion of all Online Master Gardener Home Horticulture course requirements, you choose to participate in a 40-hour hands-on volunteer internship in your local area to earn certification as an Extension Master Gardener. This could involve giving gardening talks to local groups, writing newspaper columns on horticultural topics, staffing exhibits at fairs or farmers' markets or participating in any number of UVM Extension Master Gardener service projects in your community. Find out more about the benefits of becoming a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer here.

Course requirements for Track 1 students include the following:

  • Register for the EMG course and choose Track 1: Extension Master Gardener (EMG) Volunteer Certification
  • Watch the Track 1 Student Orientation
  • Fill out the Pre-Course Student Evaluation
  • Watch the National Plant Diagnostic Network orientation module and complete the 6 online training modules
  • Watch all 13 live lectures
  • Complete and submit the open book assessment at the end of the course
  • Complete a post-course student evaluation by the course deadline date of May 30, 2017
  • Internet access is required to take the class online. All program information and class materials are posted electronically on the student page syllabus
  • Complete a 40-hour hands-on volunteer internship by December 31, 2018 by volunteering on approved Master Gardener projects and volunteer opportunities in your local area to earn certification as an Extension Master Gardener

Track 1 Benefits:

  • Receive an intern badge and course completion letter upon completing all course requirements
  • Receive a Certified Extension Master Gardener badge and certificate upon completion of 40 volunteer -internship hours by end of the annual term
  • Membership in your local Master Gardener Chapter Volunteer Organization
  • For a complete list of Certified EMG benefits, visit this link

Track 2: Online Master Gardener Home Horticulture Course

Complete this track if you are interested in the course content and if you do not intend to become a Certified Master Gardener Volunteer. For Track 2, no Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Certification is awarded, there is no membership granted in your local Chapter Master Gardener volunteer organization, there is no hands-on volunteer service required, and you are not able to use the title, “Certified Extension Master Gardener Volunteer”.

Course requirements for Track 2 students include the following:

  • Register for the EMG course and choose Track 2: Online Master Gardener Home Horticulture Course
  • Complete pre-course survey (Student Orientation and NDPN modules are not required)
  • Attend 13 live online Master Gardener course lectures
  • Complete and submit the open book assessment at the end of the course
  • Complete a post-course student evaluation
  • Internet access is required to take the class online. All program information and class materials are posted electronically on the student page syllabus

Track 2 Benefits:

  • Receive a letter of course completion

Scholarships

You can find information on available scholarship/grant/funding opportunities here.

Comments from previous participants

I very much LOVED the course and learned so much. I felt the course was well-planned, well thought out and covered a great amount of needed area. In essence, it was one of the best classes I have ever taken. Thank you so much and look forward to finishing the certificate by putting in the volunteer hours (and learning even more)! (2016)

The presenters are all passionate about their field of study and have all had hands on experience over many years . (2016)

I so appreciated all the effort and organization that went into packing an incredible amount of information into each class. Having the handouts and being able to go back and review recordings was very helpful. (2016)

Still have questions?

For more information, please call the Extension Master Gardener administrative office at (802) 656-9562 or email us at master.gardener@uvm.edu.

Last modified May 03 2017 01:36 PM