Montana State University

Montana Master Gardener

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173140
Bozeman MT, 59717-3140

Tel: (406) 994-2120
Location: 410 Leon Johnson

Montana Master Gardener Coordinator:

Dara Palmer

If your county or Reservation isn't listed either contact your Extension agent for more informaiton or sign up to the closest location to you

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What is a "volunteer commitment”"?

During or upon completion of your training, you will meet with the program coordinator in your county or Reservation to discuss your talents and the needs of Cooperative Extension. You will choose a volunteer placement that will best utilize your knowledge and skills while helping Extension to meet community needs. Volunteer commitments may include but are not limited to:

  • Answering horticulture questions at local Extension or Reservation offices
  • Staffing Clinics
  • Staffing booths at fairs and farmers markets
  • Writing articles
  • Helping design, install and maintain community flower and vegetable gardens
  • Teaching Master Gardener classes
  • Helping set up Master Gardener classes
  • Applied research through the county Extension office
  • Other volunteer placements that help meet the needs of the community

When will the Master Gardener classes be offered?

If the Extension services in your county or Reservation offers the Master Gardener program they will determine the time and location of the class. For further information regarding the Montana Master Gardener program in your county contact your local MSU County or Reservation Extension Office (see the “Find Out More” drop down menu on the main page).

When can I use the title "Master Gardener"

You will receive the title “Master Gardener” upon certification of each course Level of the program. You may not use the name “Master Gardener” to promote any private entity such as a business or consulting service.

What if I am already a certified Master Gardener from another state?

Unfortunately, Montana does not have a reciprocation policy for those that move to Montana from out-of-state. To become a Montana certified Master Gardener you would have to certify in one of the course levels.

Who is the state contact for Master Gardener?

Extension Horticulture Associate
Montana Master Gardener Coordinator
Toby Day

PO Box 173140
312 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406) 994-6523
Assistant Master Gardener Coordinator
Dara Palmer
PO Box 173140
410 Leon Johnson Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717
Tel: (406) 994-2120

What is the cost of the Master Gardener Program?

The cost of the Extension Master Gardener courses are determined by the county or Reservation Extension Service that offers the course. Inquire with your local county or Reservation Extension office for more information.

What grade is considered passing on the exam?

You must pass both the Level 1 and Level 2 exams with an 80% or better to become certified in that level.

Where can I find the textbook for the class?

The Montana Master Gardener Handbook will be handed out the first day of class and is also offered through Montana State University Extension Publications. To purchase the Montana Master Gardener Handbook, contact Extension Publications via the contact information below

Distribution Center
Communications & I.T.
Po Box 172040
Bozeman, MT 59717

Tel: (406)994-3273
Fax: (406) 994-2050
Location: 115 Culbertson

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Where do I learn more about the Master Gardener program in my area?

For further information regarding the Montana Master Gardener program in your county or city contact your local MSU county Extension or Reservation office.

Where can I find more information about Extension and other programs?

The Montana State University Extension Service provides many other programs and information including:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • AG & Natural Resources
  • Community Development
  • Health & Family
  • Yard & Garden
  • Energy
  • Rural Living
  • Publications
  • Careers in Extension
  • Extension Calendar
  • Pesticide Education

Please visit the Montana State University Extension website at: for more information on these programs and other upcoming events.

Where do I learn more about the Master gardener program in my area?

For further information regarding the Montana Master Gardener program in your county or city, contact your local MSU County Extension Office.