Master Gardener

Becoming a Master Gardener Volunteer

A Master Gardener Volunteer is an individual who provides service to his/her community by assisting people in addressing horticultural problems. Any resident of Wisconsin 18 years or older is eligible to be a Master Gardener Volunteer. Potential Master Gardener Volunteers should be interested in horticulture (a formal degree is not necessary), dependable, unbiased and open-minded, and willing to help people with their horticultural concerns. Participants are expected to provide volunteer service to their community.

Level One Master Gardener Training

Level One Master Gardener Training is a minimum of 36 hours of in-depth classroom training on a variety of horticulture topics including soils, botany, entomology, plant pathology, houseplants, landscaping, turf, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. This provides a basic understanding of the information necessary to complete the volunteer service required for certification, as well as learning where to acquire additional information and resources.

The general training consists of twelve weekly classes usually held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the first session beginning September and ending around November. Classes use a web-based format for teaching and will be held at La Crosse County in the Administrative Building. Class fees are usually $75 and cover the 36 hours of training plus the program manual. The publication handbook is not included in the training fees, but will be available to order on an individual basis at the beginning of class. This is being offered as an option starting this year due to increased cost of this publication and availability of publications online.

If you would like to receive a notice on this training and other master gardener events, contact the UW-Extension office at 608-785-9593 to be added to the master gardener interest list.

Level Two Master Gardener Training

Level 2 training is a series of 6-12 week online programs on specific topics provided through the Master Gardener Program Office in the spring (January – April). Completion of Level One Training is required  in order to participate in Level Two. Certified Master Gardener Volunteers may take the training online from home. Goal of Level Two Training:  To expand upon Level One training with more focused horticultural topics and expanded volunteer concepts.

La Crosse County will not be offering a Level 2 classroom training.  Level 2 Training is available online, for more information go to the following link: Level 2 Training.


  • 2018 Master Gardener Timesheet (3 pages, word)
  • 2018 Master Gardener Timesheet (3 pages, pdf)