The Master Gardener Program was first started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1972. It grew out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information and education. Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Extensionâ€™s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date reliable information. Master Gardening has also given its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation.
2017 Master Gardener Classes.
Level 2 class: February 28th - March 25th, 2017.
Level 1 class: October 3rd - November 8th, 2017.
2017 Master Gardener Celebration:
Thursday, October 19th - 5:30 pm at the Black Eagle Community Center
Potluck dinner and horticulture book exchange!
To RSVP contact the Extension Office at (406) 454-6980
How does the program work?
Cascade County MSU Extension teach a series of classes to train volunteers in unbiased, research-based, home horticulture practices. There are three levels to the Montana Master Gardener Program. The 16 hour Level 1 Extension Master Gardener course will teach basic yard and garden installation, vegetable and flower gardening, and yard and lawn maintenance. Level 2, also a 16 hour course, is for more advanced Master Gardeners with prior gardening knowledge and/or experience, concentrating on Integrated Pest Management. The Level 3 Master Gardener course is an intensive, three day, hands-on training on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT. Classroom participation enhances your educational understanding as students are encouraged to network and share their own experiences, thereby learning from each other.