K-State Research and Extension is dedicated to enabling Sedgwick County residents to grow strong, healthy communities, families, and youth, and to develop safe, sustainable agricultural and environmental practices. We share this information with the people of Sedgwick County through educational meetings, workshops, conferences, field days, publications, news releases, newsletters, phone calls, radio, television, and websites.

Sedgwick County Extension Education Center is located at 7001 W. 21st St. N, Wichita, KS 67205.

Contact us at 316-660-0100 to learn more about Lawn & Garden, Agriculture & Natural Resources, 4-H, or Family & Consumer Sciences issues in south central Kansas.

What is the Master Gardener Program?

The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program sponsored by K-State Research and Extension.

Through this program, individuals are trained and certified in horticulture and other related areas. They, in turn, volunteer their expertise and services to help others through horticultural projects that benefit the community.

Extension Master Gardeners provide the latest, research-based information to the public on yard waste management, water conservation, integrated pest management, regional plant adaptability and environmental issues.

Extension Master Gardeners operate a hotline and diagnostic center to provide assistance with plant, pest, and disease identification and management.

Extension Master Gardeners also maintain a demonstration garden, provide educational opportunities through a Speakers Bureau, and introduce children to gardening and environmental management through youth education.

The Kansas Master Gardener program contributed more than 75,000 hours of community service last year.

When & Where Is the Master Gardener Training Offered?

Master Gardener training starts September 23, 2010 and ends December
9, 2010. Training is held at the Extension Education Center each Thursday from 9 a.m. To 4 p.m.

What Does The Master Gardener Program Provide?

The Sedgwick County Extension Master Gardener training provides over 50 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in horticulture related areas.

Classes in the training program include:

  • Basic Botany
  • Annuals and Perennials
  • Soil Science
  • Weed Control
  • Houseplants
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Lawn Care
  • Plant Propagation
  • Trees and Shrubs
  • Yard Waste Recycling
  • Water Use Management
  • Plant Pathology

Courses are taught by Horticulture Specialists from Kansas State University, county extension agents, local specialists, and veteran Master Gardeners.

What Happens After Training?

Following basic training, Extension Master Gardeners must continue their education each year with three units of basic training and three units of advanced training.

In exchange for the training, individuals are required to return a minimum of 48 hours of volunteer service on projects and events sponsored by Sedgwick County Extension and that benefits the community. Active participation in the program is a commitment that each individual is asked to make.

Who Can Apply?

Anyone age 18 or over who has an interest in horticulture can apply. If you want to improve your skills and knowledge and you like to work with people, the Extension Master Gardener program may be for you.

Application Process

We strongly urge all interested gardeners to attend our Information Day on August 3, 2010 at 1:00pm in 4-H Hall at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center. Our staff and Extension Master Gardeners will be present to describe our program and answer your questions.

You must submit an application to us by August 13, 2010. Applications are available at our office or on our website. Upon review of applications, letters are sent to all applicants. Interviews will be held
mid-August. Acceptance letters will be mailed by early September. Class size is limited.

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