Becoming a Master Gardener is a fantastic way to increase your knowledge of sustainable gardening, to meet like-minded gardeners and to give back to your community. Master Gardeners help people understand how to meet their goals in a way that protects and conserves natural resources.

Gail Langellotto

Statewide Master Gardener Program Coordinator, Associate Professor, Urban and Community Horticulture Extension, Oregon State University Department of Horticulture

Being a Master Gardener is about learning, volunteering and fun. If you enjoy learning about gardening, sharing your knowledge with others and volunteering in your community, you should consider becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer.

Marion County Master Gardener training requires completion of the OSU delivered Master Gardener course and a 66-hour volunteer service requirement. Volunteering helps you apply the concepts learned in class and supports the public service commitment of the Master Gardener program. When you have passed the training course and completed your required volunteer hours, you will become a Certified Master Gardener.

OSU is currently developing a revised training program for 2021. It will be focused on updating training for current MGs. We don’t yet have information on materials available to the general public, but it will be posted here as soon as possible. We do know that the regular brick-and-mortar classes will not be offered.

Even though regular classes won’t be held, please check our blog (under News) for announcements of webinars, virtual tours and other learning options.

If you have questions, please contact

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Let's Garden

Marion County Master Gardeners™ are trained certified volunteers who promote the joy and science of home gardening in our community. We answer questions, teach workshops, provide speakers, maintain a demonstration garden, and connect home gardeners to the information they need. The Master Gardener program is sponsored by OSU Extension.