Master Gardener Training

Categorized: Gardens, Gardening, Master Gardeners

: Jun 6th

SDSU Extension Master Gardener Training includes access to online training materials, resource manual, and hands-on classes. Hands-on classes will be held in three locations, over eight sessions. Each session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm local time.

  • Sioux Falls: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25, August 1
  • Aberdeen: June 7, 14, 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, August 2
  • Spearfish: June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 13, 20, 27, August 3

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Basic botany and taxonomy
  • Soils and fertilizers
  • Turf and weed management
  • Plant pathology/composting
  • Tree and shrub care, pest management, tree and shrub ID
  • Planting and landscape use
  • IPM and pesticides
  • Insects and pollinators, biodiversity
  • Vegetables and season extension
  • Herbaceous ornamentals, native plants, plant propagation
  • Working as a SDSU Extension Master Gardener

SDSU Extension Master Gardeners provide current, research-based, consumer horticulture information and education to the citizens of South Dakota through SDSU Extension Master Gardener projects and services. Through the Master Gardener program, interested volunteers receive training in horticulture and environmental topics of special value to home gardeners. In exchange for their training, SDSU Extension Master Gardeners share their time and knowledge on approved projects within their communities. SDSU Extension Master Gardeners are registered SDSU volunteers, required to complete a background check in compliance with SDSU Policy 4:8.

Online Registration

The deadline for registration is May 1, 2017. Please select which location you would like to attend training during registration. For more information contact David Graper, SDSU Extension Horticulture Specialist & Master Gardener Program Coordinator. There are two training options:

  • Training with Volunteer Commitment ($190): After completing the course and passing the final exam, participants will complete the SDSU background check and provide 50 hours of volunteer service over the next two years to become a certified SDSU Extension Master Gardener. The balance of the full course fee will be invoiced if service commitment is not completed. You will be asked to complete an online application during the registration process. The questions on the application include:
    • What county/counties would you like to do the majority of your volunteer work in? 
    • How did you learn about the SDSU Extension Master Gardener program? 
    • Briefly describe why would you like to become a Master Gardener and how would you use your training to help others? 
    • Briefly explain how you will coordinate fulfilling your volunteer commitment time over the next two years. 
    • Briefly tell us more about you, including previous volunteer work, gardening experience in South Dakota and any other areas you have gardened.
    • Do you have any formal training in horticulture or agriculture? Is so, please explain the extent of your training.
    • Select the topics you are most interested in learning more about during training (a checklist will be provided).
    • What other topics would you like to learn about? 
    • Volunteer agreement waiver
  • Non-volunteer Training ($540): Participants will receive the same training, but will not be required to volunteer and will not become a certified master gardener.

Payment Options: Select the 'Order Now' button to pay with a credit card. If you would like to pay with a check, select 'Show other payment options' and choose the 'Pay Offline' button. Checks can be mailed to iGrow, SAG 217, Box 2207, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. State employees should register using the 'Pay Offline' method and contact iGrow to make arrangements to pay with a non-cash journal voucher.