Who Can Become a Master Gardener?

Anyone with an interest in horticulture can apply for the Extension Master Gardener Program if it is active in your county. 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.

Extension Master Gardeners share:

  • Passion for gardening
  • Desire to improve their community
  • Willingness to learn more about horticulture
  • Interest in joining a worthy and fun organization
  • Time to volunteer locally
  • Joy of sharing knowledge and skills with others


  • You need to be available for about 40 to 50 hours of daytime training classes your first year. The number of hours required varies with county.
  • You must have at least a High School Diploma or the equivalent.
  • Enjoy sharing your love of gardening with others through various Extension Master Gardener projects.

View participating counties and districts

Basic Training

Participation begins with a training course in basic horticulture instruction taught by K-State Research and Extension specialists and agents from across the state of Kansas. Contact your local Extension office to get started.

Basic Training Materials Access

Striving for Success

Volunteers participating as Extension Master Gardeners report their contributions regularly. This allows us to identify opportunities for growth and provide updates to our partners and stakeholders.

Report Volunteer Hours