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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Level 1 Master Gardener

The Level 1 Master Gardener course is commonly an eight-week 16+ hour course often taught by local Extension agents, plant professionals, and Master Gardener volunteers.    You will receive the Montana Master Gardener Handbook and other informative handouts pertaining to the class at the beginning of the Level 1 Master Gardener course.  In the Level 1 Master Gardener course you will learn about: 

  • Introduction to Montana State University Extension and the Master Gardener program
  • Soils and fertility (N-P-K-Fe)
  • Plant growth and development
  • Vegetable gardening
  • Growing small fruit
  • Growing and caring for flowers
  • Trees, shrubs, vines and pruning
  • Lawns and irrigation
  • Composting
  • Introduction to Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Following the completion of the Level 1 Master Gardener course, you will be required to pass an open-book exam and fulfill your volunteer commitment of a minimum of 20 hours.  The cost, time and location will be determined by the county Extension agent or Master Gardener coordinator.  To learn more about Master Gardener in your county or Reservation click here.