Written by Theresa Rose on July 31, 2015

The Iowa Master Gardener Program offers a unique opportunity for those interested in gardening to gain training on the subject and share their knowledge and passion through volunteer opportunities within their communities. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Henry County is hosting a Master Gardener training this fall. An informational meeting for those interested in becoming a Master Gardener will be held on August 20th at 7pm at the Henry County Extension office in Mt. Pleasant.

Since its inception in 1979, the Iowa Master Gardener program has trained more than 10,000 participants across the state. Master Gardeners may work at local public gardens, schools, nursing homes, or other community beautification or education projects. Master Gardeners answer questions at farmers market booths, give presentations at gardening seminars, and discuss plants at local plant sales. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in growing flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs, trees and lawns. “What really sets them apart from other home gardeners is their commitment to learning and sharing what they learn with others,” said Darbee Wellman, ISUEO Agriculturalist.

Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener in their county is invited to attend, not just those from Henry County. Training, volunteer, and tuition requirements will be covered at the meeting. No RSVP is required. Contact Darbee Wellman at 319-385-8126 or dwellman@iastate.edu for more information.

ISU Extension and Outreach is part of an educational network supported by Iowa State University, local county governments, and the United States Department of Agriculture. ISUEO works to increase learning opportunities for citizens of Iowa by providing unbiased, research-based information that will improve quality of life.