Master Gardener Volunteer Class To Be Offered In Novi

Weekly classes start In January on Thursdays and run through April, register by Jan. 9.

Published on: Dec 20, 2013

A Master Gardener volunteer training program will take place on Thursdays from Jan. 23 to April 24 at the Michigan State University Tollgate Education Conference Center in Novi. The class is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program is a horticulture education and volunteer leader training program. The class is a step toward becoming a certified Master Gardener volunteer.

The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to MSU's faculty and resources. Participants have access to information generated at one of the nation's top plant science teaching and research universities and the chance to use this knowledge to improve their communities and enrich their lives.

Master Gardener Volunteer Class To Be Offered In Novi
Master Gardener Volunteer Class To Be Offered In Novi

Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum grounded in university research. This training consists of approximately 45 hours of training with classes on plant science, soil science, integrated pest management, diagnostics, annuals and perennials, woody ornamentals, lawns, vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits, household and nuisance pests and gardening practices to protect water quality.

Once participants finish the educational series, they must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service during the course of one year to become certified Master Gardener volunteers. Examples of Master Gardener volunteer service projects include working with students to design an elementary school garden, creating a horticulture therapy program at a senior center, helping a neighborhood association create an urban garden or sharing environmentally friendly gardening practices at community events.

Students in the course receive the Master Gardener manual, which consists of more than 1,000 pages of research-based information.

The cost of the 13-week program is $300 and the last day to register online is Jan. 9, 2014.

To enroll in the Master Gardener training, please complete the registration and agreement forms online at

If you have questions regarding specific requirements for this training location, contact Linda Smith at or 248-858-0887.