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Become an Extension Master Gardener (EMG)

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Become an Extension Master Gardener!

Do you love gardening and want to share your passion with others? Become an Extension Master Gardener and join a vibrant community dedicated to learning and teaching the best practices in horticulture.

The MU Extension Master Gardener program offers:

  • In-depth training: Gain knowledge from MU Extension experts through a 16-week research-based course covering various aspects of gardening, from soil health to plant science.
  • Flexible learning: Attend online sessions on Wednesdays (1:30-4:30 PM) starting August 7th, with optional in-person field trips for hands-on experience.
  • Make a difference “helping others learn to grow”: Become a member of MGGKC and volunteer your newfound expertise on exciting local projects like community gardens, children’s programs, video creation, Speakers Bureau, and the MGGKC Gardening Hotline, helping others become better gardeners.
  • Grow as a gardener: Gain ongoing support and learning opportunities through continued education and a network of passionate individuals.

Program details:

  • When: Wednesdays, starting August 7. 1:30-4:30pm via Zoom, plus optional in-person field trips.
  • What: The 16-week EMG training course includes intensive horticultural training taught by University faculty and local experts. The training includes individual or group projects and subject assessments.
  • Cost: $200. Limited scholarships available. Information on scholarships is available upon request.
  • Apply now: Applications due August 5th.
  • Learn more: Explore the website to learn more about the Extension Master Gardeners of Greater Kansas City chapter and the many local projects.
  • What happens after the course: After training, Year 1 EMGs volunteer 30 hours in locally approved projects to become certified EMGs. Years 2+ EMGs offer 20 hours of volunteer service and 6 hours of continuing education to recertify.

Extension Master Gardener Training includes:

  • Introduction to plant science
  • Healthy soil
  • Fruit and vegetable gardening
  • Tree, shrub, and lawn care
  • Insects – beneficials and pests
  • Integrated pest management
  • Landscape design
  • Ornamental annuals, perennials, and native plants

Additional Training Option: MU Extension via the Columbia campus also offers two online EMG training sessions each year – spring and fall. Online graduates join their local chapters to fulfill volunteer requirements. More information can be found at

For more information, contact Tamra Reall (

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University of Missouri Extension Master Gardener Program