Master Gardeners Community Garden Plot

To learn more about the Master Gardener Program  please contact Rose Malisani, Cascade County MSU Extension Agriculture Agent at rose.malisani@montana.edu or (406) 454-6980.

What is the Master Gardener Program?

The Master Gardener Program was first started by the Washington State Cooperative Extension Service in 1972. It grew out of a need to meet an enormous increase in requests from home gardeners for horticultural information and education. Master Gardeners have become a vital part of Extension’s ability to provide consumers with up-to-date reliable information. Master Gardening has also given its participants a sense of community spirit, accomplishment and intellectual stimulation.

How Does the Program Work

Cascade County MSU Extension teach a series of classes to train volunteers in unbiased, research-based, home horticulture practices. There are three levels to the Montana Master Gardener Program. Level 1 Extension Master Gardener course will teach basic yard and garden installation, vegetable and flower gardening, and yard and lawn maintenance. Level 2 offers more advanced gardening knowledge that will give you the tools you need to solve your garden and landscape problems. The Level 3 Master Gardener course is specialized advanced training offered on the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT.

NEW Online Level One Master Gardener Course

carrots, peas, lettuce, berries, onions, peppers, potatoes in dirt

Online Course Information

This online course is a self-paced, self-study format with 17 modules on Soils, Fertilizers, Plant Growth & Development, Vegetables, Ornamental plants, Trees and Shrubs, Landscape Design, Pruning, Turfgrass, Irrigation, Small Fruit, Tree Fruit, Composting, and Integrated Pest Management. Each module contains a presentation video, class notes, study guides and handouts (if applicable).

The course includes hands-on activities to help users familiarize themselves with the topics discussed in the presentations, as well as quizzes that must be completed after each module has been studied. 

A Montana Master Gardener certification will be issued to the user upon completion of this course with a passing final grade and when 20 volunteer service hours have been achieved.  Users have one year from course completion to obtain the required volunteer hours.

Cost

$100 per student. Students will need to make 3 separate payments to the following:

  1. Students will order a Master Gardener textbook ($50) through MSU Extension publications, debit or credit card are accepted.
  2. Students will pay for the online course ($30) to MSU Cascade County Extension. Make checks payable to “MSU Extension” and mail registration form and payment to MSU Cascade County Extension at 3300 3rd St NE, #9, Great Falls, MT 59404. You may also pay in person with cash or check.
  3. The online course is through Brightspace and the user fee ($20) will be paid when you register online for the course. Debit or credit card accepted.

*Students will receive the link for the online course once the $30 has been paid to the MSU Cascade County Extension office. Please purchase a textbook before you begin the online class. Textbooks are for both level 1 and level 2 Master Gardener classes.

Please contact the MSU Cascade County Extension office at
(406) 454-6980 for more information.

Registration Form

Alternatively you may download a printable Master Garderner Online Level 1 registration form.

(Please print clearly.)

Name

Address

City

State

Zip Code

Phone

Email

Cost:

$100 per student. Students will need to make 3 separate payments to the following:

  1. Students will order a Master Gardener textbook ($50) through MSU Extension publications, debit or credit card accepted.
  2. Students will pay for the online course ($30) to MSU Cascade County Extension. Make checks payable to “MSU Extension” and mail registration form and payment to MSU Cascade County Extension at 3300 3rd St NE, #9, Great Falls, MT 59404. You may also pay in person with cash or check. *This payment will be submitted with this registration form.
  3. The online course is through Brightspace and the user fee ($20) will be paid when you register online for the course.

Online Class Payment Method:

  • Cash (Pay in EXACT cash.) or
  • Check (Make checks payable to “MSU Extension”).

 

Return this form and payment to MSU Cascade County Extension Office, 3300 Third Street NE, #9, Great Falls, MT 59404.

Students will receive the link for the online course once the $30 has been paid to the MSU Cascade County Extension office.

To learn more about this online course or for course fees and registration information, please contact Rose Malisani, Cascade County MSU Extension Agriculture Agent at (406) 454-6980 or rose.malisani@montana.edu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status.