Master Gardener Program - Holland

Date: September 3, 2014 - December 10, 2014
Time: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Ottawa County Health Dept. Building, 12251 James Street, Holland, MI 49424 (tentative location)
Contact: Diane Brady, 616-336-3283,

Access to World Class Gardening Knowledge. The MSU Extension Master Gardener Program connects gardeners across the state to faculty and resources of Michigan State University, one of the nation’s top plant science teaching and research universities. Participants use this knowledge to improve communities and enrich lives.

Master Gardener volunteers start by completing a 13-session practical curriculum ground 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. Participants must commit to attend all the training sessions and complete all quizzes and the final (open book) exam with an overall score of at least 80%. Missed classes (up to two) may be made up in other locations or through viewing approved recorded sessions.

An Opportunity to Serve.  After completing the training, Master Gardener trainees must complete 40 hours of horticulture-related service within one year to earn their Master Gardener certification. Through these volunteer activities educating others, trainees extend their classroom knowledge to their community. Examples of volunteer projects and service may 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.
  • Staffing plant clinics.
  • Designing and caring for gardens at senior centers, parks and other public sites.
  • Teaching others how to garden.
  • Establishing vegetable gardens to meet local nutritional needs.
  • Sharing environmentally-friendly gardening practices at community events.
  • Beautifying community sites for special events or community activities that attract local residents and tourists.

To maintain your certified Master Gardener status in subsequent years, you will be required annually to complete 5 education and 15 volunteer hours as well as a 4-step online re-certification process (which includes a $20 re-certification fee).

Please visit the Master Gardener Program - Holland registration page for more information.

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