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Become an Anoka County Master Gardener

A love of gardening, a search for knowledge and a desire to share that knowledge with others is central to why people join the Master Gardener program. Applications for the 2014 Anoka County Master Gardener program are now available. For more information, please visit our website at: Become a Master Gardener.

Become a Master Gardener

Applications are now available for the Anoka County Master Gardener program. To obtain an application, select: 2013 Master Gardener Application. Fill out the form online, print, sign, enclose $10 application fee and mail by the deadline of September 28.

Become a Master Gardener

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A love of gardening, a search for knowledge and a desire to share that knowledge with others is central to why people join the Master Gardener program. They remain Master Gardeners to enjoy the friendship of others who share their interests, to gain and share research-based horticultural knowledge and to give back to the community through their volunteer commitment.

If combining your passion for people and plants sounds appealing, you may be a good Master Gardener candidate. A formal education in horticulture isn't necessary--we will provide the training and resources to help you teach others. There are five steps to becoming a Master Gardener - each step is described in more detail below.


To become a University of Minnesota Master Gardener Anoka County, you must first apply and be accepted into the program. Applications for the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener Program in Anoka County - class of 2013 - will be available on September 1, 2012


You agree to volunteer service in exchange for training from the University of Minnesota. You also agree to participate in Master Gardener meetings in your county, where you receive continuing education and learn about new projects and other volunteer opportunities.


Training is held once each year in the metropolitan area in January and February. Master Gardeners attend a 48-hour class at the University of Minnesota known as the "Core Course" or Horticulture 1003 if taken for U of M credit. The course is taught by Extension faculty, and a textbook and mini-reference library are provided to each participant. For more information about the Core Course training, including times, locations, fees, and specific course content, visit the Minnesota Master Gardener page.


Following completion of Core Course Training, Master Gardener interns are required to do 50 hours of volunteer work and 8 hours of continuing education during their internship year (which ends December 31). We make an effort to ensure that our new interns are placed with other, more seasoned volunteers and we assign a mentor to each new intern. So whether you volunteer at an "Ask a Master Gardener‿ event, the Diagnostic Clinic or another event, you'll be with knowledgeable, helpful people who will make sure you're not on your own. You'll have fun--and you will learn a lot!


You'll receive a certificate and name badge designating you as a Master Gardener once you have completed the Core Course and fulfilled your internship requirements.

Remaining Certified
Once certified, Master Gardeners in Anoka County must volunteer a minimum of 25 hours and receive at least 12 hours of approved continuing education each year in order to maintain their certification.

Advanced Training

After you are certified, you are eligible to attend other training programs and workshops. These courses offer more technical information. Advanced training opportunities include:

  • Tree Care Advisor
  • Pesticide Applicator
  • Plant Healthcare Advisors
  • Household Insects
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Special one-time classes