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Enroll in Master Gardener training
Alicia Boor
Alicia Boor

Gardeners never stop learning, growing and giving. This is what it means to be a Master Gardener. If you enjoy learning and giving back as a volunteer, consider becoming a Master Gardener in 2022. 

Now is the time to apply and reserve your spot for the 2022 training course. The training will be held as a hybrid model as well as an online option. Both Cottonwood offices will host the trainings on-ite (located at 3007 10th St. in Great Bend, and 601 Main in Hays) for people that want to train with others. The training is $80 with an optional $45 printed book available for purchase but, informational handouts will be provided at the trainings as well. When you register, please comment if you would like in person or online so we can accommodate your preferences.   

Master Gardeners are K-State Research & Extension volunteers who enjoy cultivating their own plants and gardens while sharing their skills and knowledge with the community around them to help others grow. Master Gardening is a wonderful way to enrich your life and the lives of others.  

The decision to become a Master Gardener can be very rewarding. It is a decision to take your horticulture knowledge to the next level, and it is also a commitment to find creative ways to make a difference in our community while sharing that knowledge with the people and places around you. 

Training is just one great benefit. Master Gardeners receive a 40-hour-plus horticulture training course from K-State Extension specialists and county Extension agents. The basic training provides a great starting point for those new to gardening, but is also in depth enough to apply to gardeners of any skill level. Other benefits of being a Master Gardener include the camaraderie of people who share similar passions, receiving ongoing horticulture support through K-State Research and Extension, and occasional visits to horticultural places of interest.    

Once training is complete, Master Gardeners take their knowledge out to the community to share it with others in unique and meaningful ways. First year Master Gardeners volunteer 40 hours of time and during succeeding years have a commitment of just 20 hours to remain active.   

Master Gardener volunteer time can be selected from current Master Gardener projects and can also be tailored to individual abilities and interests.  Master Gardeners are encouraged to find their creativity in looking for ways to impact the community. A few activities many Master Gardeners enjoy volunteering on include: the demonstration garden, gardening with kids, county fairs, educational garden tours and events, and booths at public events.    

If you are interested in joining the program or have questions regarding any of this information call the K-State Research & Extension office.  Registration or the class is open and can be completed by going to or calling either office. The Great Bend office can be contacted at 620-793-1910 and the Ellis county office is 785-628-9430. Registration is due by Aug. 26th. We look forward to hearing from you! 

Alicia Boor is the Agriculture and Natural Resources agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. Contact her by email at or call 620-793-1910.