About the Master Gardener Program
Master Gardener interns learn about a wide range of horticulture topics including soils, fertilizers, botany, plant selection, plant diseases, insects and weed control. Forty hours of classroom instruction gives them a good foundation in general horticulture, plus basic insect and disease control. After training, Master Gardener interns give back 40 hours of volunteer service in their community through a variety of activities.
At Nebraska Extension, we teach adults and youth in many different settings, from the county fair, to classrooms, and demonstration landscapes, and our Extension Master Gardener volunteers help us do that. The Extension Master Gardener program’s goal is to provide Nebraskans with the knowledge they need to create and maintain beautiful, healthy, sustainable landscapes, while conserving water, and protecting themselves and the natural environment from exposure to improperly applied or excessive amounts of pesticides and fertilizers.
Why get involved in the Extension Master Gardener program? First, because you love gardening. Each Master Gardener has their own special area of interest; a particular type of gardening or type of plant that they love to grow, whether it is roses, herbs, water plants, wildflowers, fruit trees or vegetables. Through the program, you will meet many great people who share your love of gardening and are always happy to share knowledge with you. And as a volunteer, you'll be making a contribution to your community, creating beautiful, sustainable greenspaces.
Be a Master Gardener - Start Here
Lancaster County regional Master Gardener program, encompassing gardeners most often from Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Seward and York. The application period for the 2022 Lancaster County Master Gardener Program has closed. We will begin taking applications for the 2023 program later this summer.
- Master Gardener Brochure (11/2021)
What if I don't live in Cass, Lancaster, Otoe, Seward or York county? Many Extension offices across Nebraska have similar programs. Outside Nebraska, contact your local Extension Office to find a program near you.
Nebraska Extension Master Gardener Project Requests:
Master Gardeners are a remarkable group of volunteers, trained by Nebraska Extension, who participate in horticulture projects throughout Lancaster County. Master Gardeners are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others, and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. To submit a request that your project be considered for Master Gardener involvement, please review the garden project guidelines and complete the project request form below
Master Gardener Resources:
2019 Training Resources
- Weather Ready Landscapes:
- The Environment in Your Landscape:
- Wildlife Management:
- Plant Tag
- Nebraska USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
- Secrets of Service
2018 Training Resources
- Cultivating health our way
- Landscape management
- Plant pathology - Generic mushroom ID key
- Plant pathology - Rots and spots in the landscape
- Season extension: It's nice to fool Mother Nature
- Season extension: Soil temperature conditions for vegetable seed germination (in degrees F.)
- Vegetable gardening
- Vegetable gardening: Crop rotation, succession, and space planning
- Wildlife: Living with wildlife in the landscape
2017 Training Resources