Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers the Iowa Master Gardener Program. All you need to do is complete 40 hours of horticulture education offered each fall and complete the pre- and post-survey. The class schedule includes plant pathology, botany, house plants, propagation, landscape design and more! Then volunteer 40 hours in your community the following year to officially become a Master Gardener. Read full details on how to become a Master Gardener here.
Who are Master Gardeners?
Master Gardeners come from a variety of backgrounds. They are passionate about serving their communities and sharing gardening best practices. Master Gardeners are individuals who have taken the Master Gardener training and share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects, and farmers markets to name a few. It is the acquisition of knowledge, the skill in gardening, and giving back to the community that distinguishes a Master Gardener from other gardeners. – From their website.
I just completed the Master Gardener education portion of the requirements this November. I have thoroughly enjoyed each lesson and the new friends I have met along the way. We spent one Saturday on Iowa State University campus for a onsite training day that was great! I highly recommend completing this program.
Taken during the Entomology Lab on campus.
During the greenhouse tour exploring hydroponics.