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Master Gardeners of Isanti County

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About Us

Educating people where they live and work about horticultural best practices

Master Gardeners are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers whose job is to educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily-available, up-to-date research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.

Horticulture Questions

Get answers to your garden questions!


Isanti County Master Gardener Yard and Garden Line:            763-689-8255
Leave a message 24 hours a day and an Isanti County Master Gardener will return your call.


University Of Minnesota ONLINE Question Hotline:


Ask a question, uplaod and image and a University of Minnesota Master Gardener will get back to you within 48 hours.


University of Minnesota Master Gardener SELF HELP:


Search publications and interactive media to find answers to your questions.

Become an Isanti County Master Gardener

Join Us!

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 in Isanti County, you must first apply and be accepted into the program. The application process starts early - we begin sending out applications in August for January training.


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 each year in the St. Paul, Pine City, and Mankato in January and February. The training is also available as an extended online course from January-May. The course is taught by Extension faculty, and a textbook and mini-reference library are provided to each participant. For more information about the, 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. 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 Isanti 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


** For more information about joining the Isanti County Master Gardeners, please contact Les Anderson, Isanti County Master Gardener Coordinator.